Indian Entrepreneur Makes History as First Indian Woman to Lead an Ultra-Premium Tequila Brand: The Story of Iqleen Virdi and AMBHAR Tequila

Iqleen Virdi
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Iqleen Virdi, an Indian entrepreneur, CEO, and Chairwoman of KIV Spirits, LLC., recently made history by acquiring AMBHAR Tequila and becoming the first Indian woman to own and lead an ultra-premium artisanal sipping tequila brand as its Executive Chairwoman. Virdi is a successful entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist who has invested in various sectors such as real estate, technology, and hospitality. She is also the co-founder of Love To Help, a non-profit organization that provides necessary relief, support, and help, including mental health awareness, especially during times of crisis, disasters, or emergencies.

Virdi’s acquisition of AMBHAR Tequila is a groundbreaking achievement for the Indian community, and it is a testament to the growing influence of Indian women in the business world. Her success is a result of her unwavering determination, tireless work ethic, and entrepreneurial spirit, and it inspires other women to break barriers and aspire to lead, create and achieve similar success.

 Virdi acquired AMBHAR Tequila in 2022 and has since transformed it into a global brand showcasing Mexican tequila’s rich heritage and craftsmanship. She brings the vibrancy of her Indian culture to the history of batch-crafted Mexican tequila, creating a unique fusion of flavors and experiences. Having the aspiration to marry distinct cultures, especially the flavors of Mexico and India, Iqleen Virdi seeks to build bridges from diverse lifestyles across the globe.

Virdi has been recognized for her contributions to the tequila industry and has been named among the influential women in the tequila industry. Her journey is remarkable and inspiring.

Jaime Celorio, the founder and CEO of AMBHAR Tequila, said, “We are extremely thrilled to have the chance to work with Iqleen Virdi, who has been a fantastic entrepreneur. She is the “Dragonfly” of the AMBHAR Team, bringing with her luck, happiness, prosperity, metamorphosis, change, fresh beginnings, and new beginnings. She genuinely comprehends our genuine background and our dedication to forging a singular artisan experience.”

Indian women have made significant strides in the business world in recent years, but owning a company, particularly in industries such as spirits, is still relatively rare. According to a report by Bain & Company, women entrepreneurs in India face numerous challenges, including limited access to funding, cultural barriers, and societal expectations of women’s roles. Iqleen Virdi’s achievement as the first Indian woman to own and lead a tequila company is therefore noteworthy, as it breaks barriers and sets an example for other women aspiring to own and lead companies, particularly in male-dominated industries such as spirits. Her success and recognition as CEO of the year highlight the potential of women in business and their ability to drive innovation and growth.

The story of AMBHAR Tequila & Iqleen Virdi is one of passion, tradition, and innovation. It is a story about a brand that celebrates diversity and quality and is led by a woman of color who is passionate about sharing her vision and values with the world. For Virdi, AMBHAR Tequila is more than just a business. It is a symbol of joy, luck, prosperity, and transformation that she would like to share with everyone. “It’s a way of life. I fell in love with tequila when I first visited Mexico and learned about its rich tradition and craftsmanship. I wanted to share this with the world and create a brand that celebrates diversity, quality, and innovation,” said Iqleen Virdi. “I am honored to be leading AMBHAR Tequila and be part of this amazing Industry and to represent women of color in leadership roles who are passionate about sharing their vision and values with the world.”

AMBHAR Tequila is a women-owned company based in Woodlands, Texas that produces handcrafted artisanal ultra-premium sipping tequila using centuries-old recipes and made in small batches with 100% blue weber agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The tequila is handcrafted by master distillers using traditional methods and aged in American oak barrels.

The brand offers five varieties of ultra-premium tequila: Plata (Blanco), Reposado, Anejo, CristalinoAnejo, and Extra Anejo. Each AMBHAR decanter is specially crafted of strong virgin glass fashioned into a shape reminiscent of canteens that Old West cowboys used to carry their “Mexican brandy.” An elegant horseshoe is integrated into the design, as well as a unique dragonfly symbol that represents the guardian of the Agave fields to bestow luck and joy upon all those who drink the enlightened Tequila Spirit from the bottle.

AMBHAR Tequila has received several accolades and raves reviews from tequila enthusiasts and experts alike for its smoothness, quality, and taste, including the “Best of the Best” award for Best Agave Blend Tequila by, the Chairman’s Trophy by Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and many more.

For more information about AMBHAR Tequila, please visit their website,  or follow them on social media Facebook- @ambhartequila, Instagram- @ambhartequilaus and Twitter @ambhartequilaus

AMBHAR Tequila invites everyone to raise a glass of their finest tequila and toast to Iqleen Virdi’s remarkable journey. Her journey is remarkable and inspiring.


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