Real Minero has been made by the Ángeles family in the mountain town of Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca since the late 19th century. Now revered as a luxury, the family originally started secretly, producing Mezcal as a necessity. A “chore” evolved into craftsmanship and artistry, and now, Real Minero produces beautiful mezcals revered by all. The business is entirely family owned. The palenque was founded by now great-grandfather Don Francisco Ángeles, known locally as “Papá Chico”. Brother sister duo Edgar Angeles Carreño and Graciela Angeles Carreño run operations current day, taking over for their late father Don Lorenzo Ángeles Mendoza.