Rum Factory Arehucas

The beginnings of this factory date back to 1883, when Alfonso Gourié thought of setting up an industry to process the production of sugar cane.

It is now possible to make a tour guide to the facilities, free of charge. The Factory now has one of the most important rum cellars in Europe, with 6,000 American oak casks storing exquisite Arehucas liqueurs.

The origins of this factory go as far back as 1883, when Alfonso Gourié decided to install an industry to process sugar cane. The brick stack on the complex is one of the few models remaining on the Island. The “Factory” was opened on August 9, 1884 with much joy among the population, since it was to provide a steady living for a large number of families. Ten years later, a dynamo and other electric materials were acquired to install lighting. Towards 1909, the owners of the Fábrica de San Pedro (St. Peter’s Factory) bought a new still to increase the production of “aguardiente” (a strong liqueur).

El 9 de agosto de 1884 se inaugura la "Fábrica" en medio de una enorme alegría entre la población, pues garantizaba el sustento de muchas familias. Diez años más tarde, se adquirió una dinamo y materiales eléctricos para el alumbrado.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 14:00 hours.

The price is 5€ including tour guide and tasting

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The industry was forced to close in 1920. The old sugar processing machinery was dismantled and sold. St. Peter’s distillery, however, remained intact and, twenty years later, the industry started to produce again, increasing its sales, thanks to the talent of Alfredo Martín Reyes, who launched the factory’s star product, Arehucas Rum. In 1965, the “Factory” became fully operational again under the name of "Destilerías Arehucas, S.A.".

The visit includes the cellar and the bottling lines in operation, capable of filling 12,000 and 20,000 bottles per hour, respectively. The tasting room is the perfect end to a visit to these facilities, where all the products made by Destilerías Arehucas can be tasted and purchased.

Ermita de San Pedro

The tiny St. Peter’s Chapel is on one side of the industrial complex. The origin of the building dates from 1724, when it was built in the same architectural style as the chapel built in La Goleta by Juan Mansel (1521-1525), which was then in ruins.

This second chapel, in honour of St. Peter, contained a figure of the saint in a niche. The 18th and 19th centuries saw the chapel abandoned, restored and abandoned again several times. In the first quarter of this century, the chapel appears to have lost its Mudejar wood panelled ceiling

Finally, in 1971, Destilerías Arehucas bought the land next to it, including the chapel, which was then down to its bare walls. The chapel now also contains a monumental triptych, inspired by the one originally found in the previous chapel in La Goleta.