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Bodegas Itsasmendi, DO Txacoli

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

In 1989 a group of friends set out with the dream of producing a range of wines true to the region from which they hail. Seeing the huge potential in the Biscaya Hills, they sought out the best plots across the area from which to craft authentic Txacoli wines.

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.