Altitude: 1,500 to 1,700 meters above sea level
Farmer: Various Smallholder farmers
Varietal: Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra
Process: Fully Washed
Tasting Notes: Walnut whip, Aniseed, Tangerine
The Atitlán region sits on the southwest edge of Guatemala, about 120 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the five volcanic regions in Guatemala. The lake itself is actually the remains of a volcano that erupted 84,000 years ago. Known as the Los Chocoyos eruption, it was one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the past 100,000 years. The resulting caldera, a cauldron-like hollow from a collapsed volcano, forms the shape of the lake today.
Atitlán gets its name from the Nahuatl word that means “the place where the rainbow gets its colors.” Nahuatl was spoken by the Aztecs who once lived in the region. Today, the Kaqchikel and Tz’utujil, two of the nations who live along the lake’s shores today are descendants of the Maya.