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Bodegas Itsasmendi, DO Txacoli

Three world class wines from one of Spain's most renowned winemakers

On Spain's northern coastline you will find Itsasmendi. They are the leading producer of Txakoli wine and produce a contemporary style from the native varieties Hondarrabi Zuri and Hondarrabi Zuri Zerratie, all grown amongst the Biscaya Hills.

In touching distance of the Bay of Biscay, the land and the weather can appear more English than Iberian, an illusion rendered only more real by the herds of black and white Friesian cows that populate the landscape. The prevailing onshore wind is the saviour that protects the vines and fruit from the otherwise inevitable rot, and allows wine to be made that is full of aromatics, generous acidity and great structure. The perfect accompaniment to the ubiquitous shellfish that are the staples of the local cuisine.

Following six years of research, Bodegas Itsasmendi was founded in 1995 and lies along the windy road to the town of Gernika. Working with renowned winemaker Ana Martín, the team use their local knowledge and expertise to produce three distinctive wines. 

With only 30ha of vineyards and an average yeild of 7,500 to 8,500 kgs per hectare, this is very small production! 

The two native varieties of the area, Hondarrabi Zuri and Hondarrabi Zuri Zerratie (easier to say than spell!) are perfectly suited to the local terroir and climate and produce original and authentic Txacoli wines. 

Vines are all planted facing south to ensure maximum exposure to the sun, which is much needed in this area. With extreme weather conditions, harvest is much later than in the neighbouring areas.  

Always innovating, Itsasmendi were the first in the region to produce a late harvest wine, Itsasmendi Uretzi, and to introduce Riesling into the vineyards for their Number 7 wine.