Visiting a Txakoli Vineyard

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The coast at Getaria

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The Route of the Txakolí of Getaria runs along the coast from Hondarribia to Deba and inland to Olaberria, Oñati and Arrasate, and currently includes 31 wineries belonging to the Getariako Txakolina D.O..  The majority of the wineries, 11 sourrounding Getaria, and 6 around Zarautz that can be easily visited from San Sebastián. Among our favorites are:

Bodegas Talai-Berri

The vineyards, set high in the hills above Zarautz, 3 km from the town center on the road towards Orio, are open to visitors by prior appointment.

Txomin Etxaniz

One of the oldest vineyards (17th-century), the land, slopping down to the sea, covers 35 hectares of mostly Hondarrabi Zuri grapes, just east of the heart of Getaria.  The harvest is done by hand in 20kg boxes starting at the beginning of October.  The produce three wines, including the late harvest, Uydi, perfect with foie gras.  Visits by appointment only.

Bodegas K5

Located in Aia, 9 km from Zarautz, the vineyard sits on 15 hectares 300 meters above the Cantabrian sea, surrounded by chestnut, oak and beech trees and produces an outstanding Txakolí from 100% Hondarrabi Zuri grapes.  The winery, which opened in 2005, was designed by Alonso & Balaguer to compliment the surroundings.  Visits are available by appointment only.

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Doniene Gorrondona

Bizkaia

The village of Bakio, considered the birthplace of of txakolina wine in Bizkaia, lies about a 30-minute drive north of Bilbao on the coast, and about 40 minutes from Gernika-Lomo.  The production of the Basque Country’s txakolí, is divided into three separate appellations, called Denominaciones de Origen, one of which is found around the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, the D.O. Bizkaiko Txakolina, which is comprised of 6 regions; Encartaciones, the Left Bank, Uribe, north of Bilbao, Urdaibai, in the Nature Reserve, Lea-Artibai, the easternmost coastal district, and Duranguesado, from the Oiz Mountain south to the slopes of the Anboto mountain.  Although white txakolí, made from the hondarrabi zuri grape, (sometimes rounded out with Folle-Blanche, mune mahatsa), represents between 80-95% of the production, you will find rosé and red txakolí, made with the hondarrabi belza grape, along with the new vendimia tardía, sweet, Sauterne-type wines and even an espumoso, or sparking txakolí.

Doniene Gorrondona

The vineyards can be found in Bakio, considered the birthplace of txakolina wine in Bizkaia, and a popular destination during the summer because of it’s extensive beach and mild weather.  Pioneers in barrel fermented txakolina and sparling wine “Apardune”, and is the only winery in the Bizkaian Txakolina D.O. producing its own distilled spirits.  Open for visits year around by appointment only.sparkling

Itsasmendi

The winery, which began in 1995, moved to its current location on 35 hectares in Gernika in 2002.  Named for the mountainous slopes next to the Bay of Biscay, its in a perfect Atlantic microclimate for growing its Hondarrabi Zuri and the Hondarrabi Zuri Zerratier grapes.  Visits are available year around from Monday-Friday and on Saturday mornings, but they are closed on Saturdays in August.

Mendraka

You’ll find this family winery of nearly 5 hectares of Hondarrabi zuri zerratua grapes is in the small village of Mendraka near the historic village of Elorrio and the necropolis of Argiñeta, with its Visigoth tombs from the 8th-century.  You can take a walk through the vineyards of the 400-year old farm before touring the cellar and tasting their fine txakolina.  Reservations required.

Bodega Ados Basarte

Also in Bakio, on the side of the mountain looking out to the Cantabrian Sea, is this small family winery with a 5-bedroom guest house, Agroturismo Basarte, surrounded by vineyards.  Ados in Basque means “agree”, which is the name of their only wine, a fine, barrel fermented Txakolí made from the native Hondarrabi Beltza and Hondarrabi Zuri grapes.

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