Bodegas Itsasmendi, Spain
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.
The Bodegas Itsasmendi vineyards have a midday sun exposure, with vine density ranging from 2,400 to 2,600 vines per hectare and yields are from 7,500 to 8,500 kgs per hectare, way below the 13,000 kgrs allowed by the Denomination Council. In each vineyard they have been able to obtain the best use of the soil using data from their research into precision viticulture. They also practice natural viticulture through Integrated Winemaking techniques in harmony with nature to ensure their wines are created out of respect for nature.
- Sustainable principles with the winery situated in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve near Gernika.
- 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
- With only 30ha of vineyards and an average yeild of 7,500 to 8,500 kg per hectare, this is very small production!