(Pronounced chah-ko-lee or chah-ko-lee-nyah).
Txakoli wine had a splendid past and had enormous social and economic importance. However, towards the end of the 19th century, there was a slow decline that eventually led to a whole different situation. It was at the beginning of the1980´s when a group of wine producers formed the Txakoli Winemakers´ Association (BIALTXA) and with support from the local Basque administration the recovery of this exquisite and unique libation was begun.
The result of all this work and collaboration came about in 1994 with the appellation contrôlée entitled “Chacolí de Bizkaia – Bizkaiko Txakolina”.
This appellation contrôlée came about to let people know about this ancestral wine and to appreciate and protect this fruit of Atlantic winegrowing that features local varieties of grapes and the know-how of our farms (traditional cultivation of rural Bizkaia where txakoli is produced).
Eusko Label :
A mark whose graphical sign is the K of Kalitatea and serves to identify and to distinguish those agro-alimentary products produced, transformed and/or elaborated in the Basque Conutry whose quality, specificity or singularity surpasses the average general.
This way, it is intended to improve the competitiveness of these products and their profitability for the producer and the companies, thus contributing to their increase in value, their notoriety and to the maintenance and protection of the natural and cultural patrimony they provide to the sector.
Located in the Euro Siberian region, on the Bay of Biscay coast, in the Basque Country in th north of the Iberian Peninsula.
Urdaibai covers an area of 220 km2 with around 45.000 inhabitants, the 80% of them concentrated in the towns of Gernika and Bermeo.
The territory is characterized by a hydrographic basin that ends creating a great salt marsh and a coastal landscape with high sheer cliffs and capes.
The craggy inside countryside is occupied by meadow land, oak groves, leafy woods and specially by fast-growing conifers.
The coastal landscape is covered with cantabrian woods of holm oak and strawberry trees, along the edges of the Mundaka estuary.
Afternoon Arrival at Hotel Gametxo where you will enjoy a relaxed evening while sampling the local gastronomy in the form of “pintxos”, a selection of small culinary delicacies to be savoured traditionally as hand food in most bars while having a glass of wine.
-Anchovies with sweet red peppers and Idiazabal cheese
-Cod a la vizcaína
-Cod. pil pil
-Spidercrab wrapped in sesame seeds
-Brochette of tuna and cherry tomatoes
-Rice Pudding cream
-Red Wine. Luis Cañas crianza
We will board our coach to take us to our first visit and sampling of the local “txakoli” white wine at Bodegas Berroja in Muxika. Our next stop will be at Bodegas Itsasmendi where we sample thier interesting wine production.
Lunch awaits us at restaurant ZalloBarri where we will discover the best of the local produce by the hand of Chef Iñigo Ordorika
- Mint and tomato emulsion
- White bean and free range chicken breast salad
- Fried sweet green peppers of Gernika Tuna with vegetable creamy rice Grilled lamb with green salad
- Basque curd
- Red wine : Biga from bodegas Luberri
- Txakoli : kerixene
During the morning we will have time to visit the town of Guernica that inspired Picasso’s renown painting. Here you can visit the Sacred Oak Tree, symbol of Basque tradition and heritage, the interesting gastronomy section of the Museo of
Euskalherria or the inspiring Peace Museum before enjoying some “pintxos” or an excellent meal in any of the restaurants of the town or its surroundings.
Hotel Gametxo is an establishment without equal where you may rest and enjoy your free time. The hotel is located on the coast of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, considered a world heritage site, offering a country atmosphere where nature is inhaled in every breath. Peace to enjoy the excellent views from any of the rooms.
It is made mainly using two recommended local white grape varieties: Ondarrabi Zuri and Ondarrabi Zuri Zerratia. In the glass, the wines range from pale to straw yellow with occasional greenish highlights. Brilliant and crystal clear.
They have prominent primary aromas of medium intensity with a wide range of subtleties predominated by notes of fruit, flowers and grass.
Bodegas Berroja founded in 2001 currently owns 37 acres (15 Ha) of vineyards in the town of Muxika, What makes Berroia unique? 1) Steep soils (12%) allowing for a drier environment 2). Growing small amounts of Folle Blanche and Riesling grapes with local Hondarribi zuri variety allows this producer achieve new flavors that are richer in complexity.
Bodegas Itsasmendi is born in the year 1994 by means of the group of various vinegrowers whose initial objective was the elaboration of a txakoli with quality inside the context of the white wines in general and transmitting to the maximum the personal character of the local zone of production. They have been making more substantial, “serious” styles, including aging over lees, barrel-fermented and even a late-harvest wine by the hand of the enologist Ana Martin.
Declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco in 1984.
It comprises a large marsh formed by the river Oka as it flows into the sea. Inland, Gernika is situated at the vertex of this beautiful estuary.
Gernika is the town immortalised by Picasso in his painting of the bombing raids perpetrated during the Civil War.
It is also the town where in ancient times the Lords of Biscay took their decisions in the shade of a large oak tree, the Oak of Gernika.