McIlhenny Co. Tabasco Tours
Since 1868, Original TABASCO Sauce has been made with just three natural ingredients: fully aged red peppers, Avery Island salt and high quality distilled vinegar. This simple recipe - when brought together - produces the incredibly pungent, fiery pepper sauce that's beloved the world over. Tour the factory where TABASCO brand Pepper Sauce is made, visit the Historical Gallery, Museum & Country Store. From the unique feel of the South Louisiana marshes and bayous to the nature preserve inhabited by indigenous plants and animals, Avery Island, Louisiana, is a beautiful place to visit. Touring the visitor center and the pepper sauce factory is just one part of the Avery Island experience. In addition to seeing how we age TABASCO® Sauce in white oak barrels and ship it all over the world, you can visit Avery Island’s 170-acre Jungle Gardens and see, in season, a variety of azaleas, camellias and bamboo. You might even spy some alligators, deer and raccoons that live in the hills and marshes around the gardens. And then there are thousands of snowy egrets that nest on the island each spring on specially built, pier-like structures in a pond nicknamed “Bird City.” You can stroll the gardens along a path covered by gnarled oaks laced with Spanish moss and stand at the shrine that houses a centuries-old Buddha — a gift to E. A. McIlhenny in 1936. When you’re ready to see how TABASCO® Sauce is made, you can take the factory tour. There’s a short film on TABASCO® history and a guided tour of our bottling and packaging operations. Your next stop might be Restaurant 1868, where you can sample local cuisine seasoned perfectly with our classic TABASCO® Original Red and other Pepper Sauce flavors. After your meal, it’s always nice to stroll around the TABASCO® Country Store and check out a wide array of TABASCO® products and souvenirs for sale.
What makes this business unique? Hot and Legendary!
- TABASCO® BRAND PRODUCTS ARE MADE BY McILHENNY COMPANY, FOUNDED IN 1868 ON AVERY ISLAND, LOUISIANA. To this day, the company is still family-owned and operated on that very same site.