San Sebastián is a city in the Basque Country, Spain, located on the Bay of Biscay. It is known for its beautiful beaches, cultural attractions, and excellent cuisine.
The region surrounding San Sebastián is also home to several wineries that produce high-quality Txakoli wines.
The Txakoli wine region is the closest to San Sebastian. Drive along the cost or through mountaneous roads to discover the gems of Basque wine making. You can combine discovering the town of Getaria and its beaches with visiting a local winery – both within an easy 30 minutes drive from San Sebastian.
What kind of wine is Txakoli?
Txakoli is a wine from the Basque Country region It is known for its distinctive flavor and acidic character, which makes it a good pairing with fish dishes.
Txakoli is traditionally made in spritzy, effervescent style, excellent for summer refreshment.
However, recently another more elaborated style Txakoli wines gains popularity. Wines aged on lees for prolonged periods of time, wines aged in concrete, in oak or acacia barrels, or blended with Chardonnay or Riesling have been well-accepted by consumers and critics alike. Innovations in Txakoli winemaking have attracted international interest.
The most famous Txakoli is white, and is made from the Hondarribi zuri grape variety. Red and rosé Txakoli are also produced, although they are less common. Some Txakoli wineries make white and rose sparkling wines.
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Txakoli is produced in three designated regions: Getaria, Bizkaia, and Araba.
I love visiting Getaria vineyards located just next to the sea for their stunning views. Their wines are greatly influenced by saline-tinged sea breezes which give mineral and almost salty taste to the wines.
You can visit working Txakoli wineries and take part in tastings. Enjoy wine pairings with local products like Idiazabal cheese, Bermeo anchovies, tuna or Gernika peppers.
It is common for winemakers in the Txakoli region to come from long-standing family traditions, although there are also many newer wineries in the area.