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Astobiza Txakoli de Alava


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Vintage: 2019
Region: Txakoli de Alava, Basque Region, Spain
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: Hondarrabi Zuri and Courbu Blanc

The wine is made entirely from the native varieties Hondarrabi Zuri and Courbu Blanc which were hand-harvested into small baskets from the organically farmed estate vines. This white has delicious and brightly fresh ripe fruit while retaining the classic brilliant acidity that Txakoli has always been known for. Aromas of white pear, young peach, green apple, and fresh grapefruit lead into an extremely fresh palate that is balanced with minerality, acidity, and persistence.

Song: Txakoli in the Blood by La Mala Pékora

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Señorio de Astobiza, located in the Txakoli de Alava D.O. of northwest Spain, is named for a portion of the mountains nearby. Xabier Abando and Ana Martin are the proprietors of this dynamic bodega with an old family history in winemaking. Xabier’s memories of his father making wine and growing up in the vineyards in the 1950s, carried him past his father’s death when he was only 15 years old, and gave him the motivation to one day create his own bodega. The winery began to take form in 1996 when he acquired property near the town of Okondo in Jandiola province and began planting his first 2 hectares of vines. Once his vines produced grapes he found suitable, he built his bodega in 2008 for his first vintage. Now Xabier is making beautiful Txakoli from his organically farmed estate that would have made his father proud.

Astobiza now consists of 10 hectares of estate-grown Hondarribi Zuri, Petit Corbu, and Gros Manseng vines. The vineyards, nestled between mountains and sea, are at an elevation of 300 meters where the temperate weather carries low risk of frost and damaging humidity from fog. Production in the vineyards varies between 40 to 60 hectoliter per hectare, a quantity that is quite low for the zone.