The Basque Country’s fresh, white wine, called txakoli on home ground and chacolí elsewhere in Spain, is produced in the region’s three provinces. The DO, which encompasses the growing area in the province of Guipuzcoa (Gipuzkoa), is called Getariako Txakolina in Basque and has 402 hectares devoted to vineyards. Consisting mostly of trained vines, 90% of them are located in coastal areas.
In 1989 the Chacolí from Guetaria (only produced in Aya, Guetaria y Zarauz) was recognized as a Designation of Origin with the name Getariako Txakolina. And in 2007 the Getariako Txakolina Designation expanded its geographical area to the whole of the province of Guipuzcoa.
Until twenty years ago, good chacolí could only be found in the farmsteads (caseríos) where it was traditionally made. Today, assisted by new technology and the extraordinary gastronomic standards of restaurants throughout the region, the bodegas of Guetaria are enjoying a renaissance.
The small growing area and the wines growing local popularity provides little surplus to send abroad.
Locally, txakoli is poured an inch or so at a time into characteristic flat-bottomed tumblers and then drunk before it loses its sparkling edge, known as txinparta in Basque.
Consejo Regulador DO Chacolí de Guetaria-Getariako Txakolina-Txakoli de Getaria
Parque Aldamar, 4
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