The land of ‘txakoli’, the wine of the Basque country
Landscape in Getaria
Txakoli is one of the Basque country's best-known wines. This light, fruity white wine is slightly sparkling and has a tart, refreshing edge. We suggest enjoying it in the setting where the grapes used to make it are grown. You'll be able to visit its wineries and learn all about its production process.
A good way to discover txakoli wine is to visit the main vineyards and wineries producing the three different Designations of Origin. These are awarded to wines from Álava, Getaria and Vizcaya, and in these areas it’s easy to find establishments related to the production of txakoli.
Places to visit in Álava include Artziniega, Ayala, Llodio, Okondo and Amurrio. Amurrio is home to El Txakoli, the oldest winery in the Álava Designation of Origin, which offers guided tours. In the same district the main winery producing this wine, Arabako Txakolina, offers a tour of the facilities followed by a txakoli tasting. Other wineries in the area which can also be visited include Astobiza (Okondo), Beldui Txakolina (Llodio), and Artomaña Txakolina (Artomaña).
The main txakoli-producing districts in Vizcaya are Orduña and Orozko. Orduña is the site of the winery of Gure Ahaleginak, open to visitors, and where you can also enjoy some of the Basque Country's traditional pintxos. Orozko celebrates its txakoli day at the end of June.
And finally, the main places which produce txakoli with the Getaria Designation of Origin label are Getaria itself, Zarautz, and Aia. In Getaria you can visit the wineries of Urki, Ameztoi and Txomin Etxaniz. And Zarautz is home to the winery of Talai Berri. Of course, both here and in many other wineries throughout the region you can buy your txakoli directly on the premises after sampling. Remember: In most cases you'll need to reserve your visit to the wineries in advance. You can find full information about them on the website of the Aiaraldea Txacoli Route (this includes the Álava and Vizcaya Txakoli Designations of Origin), and on the website for the Getaria Txakoli Designation of Origin.
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