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Cueva is developing a distillery and tourist destination in the Riviera Maya of Mexico and a related local vodka brand in the region

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Consumer Products
  • Location Austin, TX, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded September 2012
  • Employees 2
  • Website

Company Summary

Cueva will be the first distillery in the Riviera Maya, Mexico and will provide a local alternative in the $58 million USD vodka business. Cueva’s distillery will serve two functions: (1) to produce a premium product to be sold locally and (2) to serve as a unique tourist destination where tourists can learn about distillation, flavor their own vodkas, taste, and hold events. Combining vodka sales with tourism gives us multiple revenue streams.


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    David L Bliss

    David has over eighteen years of experience bringing project ideas from conception to successful implementation. He has developed enterprise-wide products from idea stage through go-to-market, to sales and client support. David lead a $20 million dollar practice of large teams to develop solutions for clients and achieve results. His former employers include KPMG Consulting, Deloitte, and he has been the founder of two previous start-up ventures.

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    Gary C Kelleher

    Gary brings thirty-seven years of entrepreneurial experience in the food and beverage industry from concept creation to market success. As a founder of San Luis Spirits, Gary was responsible for a patented still design, product recipe and package of Dripping Springs Vodka. Launched in 2007, Dripping Springs Vodka is selling 50,000 cases per year in a six state region. Gary has retired from operations at San Luis Spirits to focus on Cueva Vodka.

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    Hector Hernandez

    Hector has over twenty years of experience in Consumer Goods, working across Mexico, USA and Latin markets. He was formerly the Managing Director for Beam Global in Mexico where he was responsible for $75 million USD in annual revenue. He was has been a director at ALLIED DOMECQ where he was responsible for the commercial and marketing strategies of over twenty-five brands across thirty-nine markets through over seventy distributors.


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    Jackson Walker, US; Quintana & Arouesty, Mexico City
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    Finance Strategy: Charley Dean, Owner Resource Group, Austin, TX

Previous Investors

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    David Bliss
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    Gary Kelleher