Gorrondona 2017 Bizkaiko Txakolina, Basque, Spain

Gorrondona 2017 Bizkaiko Txakolina, Basque, Spain

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Gorrondona 2017 Bizkaiko Txakolina, Basque, Spain

Variety: This red txakoli is a distinctive wine made from 100% Hondarribi Beltza 

Vinification: Temperature controlled fermentation with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Bottled February 2018.

Doniene Gorrondona is perched on precipitous green cliffs above  the Bay of Biscay in the seaside village of Bakio, near Bilbao in the  Spanish Basque Country. The name of the winery is a combination of  "Doniene," Basque for "Saint John," the patron Saint of Bakio whose  shrine and hermitage is on the summit of the nearby San Juan de  Gaztelugatxe island, and Gorrondona is the name of the farmhouse and  winery which was built in 1852. The winery was founded by winemaker and oenologist Itziar Insausti  and journalist Andoni Sarratea. Itziar’s brother Egoitz works in the  winery and assists agronomist Julen Frías in the vineyards. Doniene  Gorrondona was one of three original pioneers in the revival of  txakolina production near Bilbao, with the creation of the Bizkaiko  Txakolina DO in 1994. 

Prior to that, the txakolina discipline was nearly  lost in the area, with many vineyards given over to the construction of  seaside homes. Their goal has always been to rejuvenate the tradition  of txakolina and honor its contribution to the gastronomic and cultural  history of their village with the indigenous hondarrabi zuri and  hondarrabi beltza grapes. 

Unlike some of their neighbors, they eschew  the use of international varietals, believing in the traditional local  grapes of their ancestors. Doniene Gorrondona currently farms 16 hectares of vines, including  a unique two-hectare parcel of pre-phylloxera hondarrabi beltza. The  vines are planted pergola-style to allow air circulation in this moist  climate. The Bakio valley creates a steeply-sloped bowl which faces the  Cantabrian Sea, where vineyards are carved from the rock and surrounded  by forests on one side and the ocean on the other. This incredible  natural setting yields distinctive txakoli wines born from forest and  ocean, marked by fresh mountain herbs and salinity. Itziar crafts  transparent, elegant white wines which speak to the region and their  absolute quality.

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