Santa María Zoquitlán is a village of roughly 1,600 people, located southeast of Oaxaca de Juárez in
the Valles Centrales Region. The area is verdant due to the jade-green Zoquitlán River that winds
through the valley floor, making the area rich for cultivating a wide variety of sustaining crops.
Ignacio Parada, known as Don Chucho, along with his son José, harvest wild and semi-cultivated
agaves in the mountains with their multi-colored soils directly behind their palenque. Don ChuCho
was the first mezcalero to join the Casa Cortés collective of producers in 2007. Today, he is proud
to be passing along his craft to the next generation as he works side-by-side with his son to
produce mezcals for Nuestra Soledad and El Jolgorio.