Denomination of origin of mezcal at risk? this is what we know


It was in September 2022 when four municipalities of Sinaloa, San Ignacio, Mazatlán, Concordia and Rosario officially received their denomination of origin for mezcal, joining states such as Oaxaca and Durango.

MAZATLAN. – In 2022, four municipalities in Sinaloa officially received the denomination of origin for mezcal, Mazatlán, San Ignacio, Concordia and Rosario, but is it at risk?

No, don’t worry, this denomination is included in the Official Gazette of the Federation, however, there are social groups and states of the Republic that continue to appeal for this denomination to be withdrawn, defending that it is not original mezcal.

The president of the Council for the Economic Development of Sinaloa in the southern zone, Alfredo Ruelas Solís, explained that those affected have sought to appeal with this complaint, but he rules out that this could happen.

“It is already published in the Official Gazette, what happens is that those interested in defending the designation of origin have the right to reply. The issue is brought by the Ministry of Economy, we do not bring it”, he declared.

In the Official Gazette of the Federation, in its section III of Resolution, it states that, “The municipalities of Mazatlán, Rosario, Concordia and San Ignacio of the State of Sinaloa are included, within the geographical scope of protection of the Resolution by which the protection provided for the denomination of origin Mezcal is granted, to be applied to the alcoholic beverage of the same name”.

This was added to a publication on November 28, 1994 when mezcal was made official for Zacatecas, Durango, Guerrero, Michoacán, San Luis Potosí, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas and Oaxaca.

“Those affected who left, at the time it was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation, had an appeal to stop it, but I know that it is progressing and that it will soon be resolved,” said Ruelas Solís.

Since 2020, the former Secretary of Economy, Javier Lizárraga Mercado, promoted the petition of these four municipalities for their Mezcal Denomination of Origin and since then, Oaxacan producers and the president of the Mezcal Regulatory Council, Hipócrates Nolasco Cancino, presented an opinion to the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property in which it maintains that the request to modify the general declaration of protection of the Mezcal Denomination of Origin presented by the government of Sinaloa is not appropriate.

In October 2022, the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property reported that there were at least four nullity trials filed before the Specialized Chamber for Intellectual Property of the Federal Court of Administrative Justice.