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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Getariako Txakolina, Basque Country
People: Vicente, Jose Maria & Patxi Errasti (brothers), Owners & Winemakers
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Antxiola (pronounced ahn-cho-la) is a txakoli wine made by Bodegas Zudugarai. The Errasti brothers, Vicente, JºMari and Patxi, own Bodegas Zudugarai. The winery was founded in 1989, the same year that the DO of Getariako Txakolina was founded. The Errasti brothers, have a long-standing experience in growing grapes and producing Txakoli, a young, very dry white wine unique to the Basque Country. Their experience stretches back many years before the Getariako Txakolina Designation of Origin was first created in 1989. Their family has been involved in winemaking for the last 60 years. However, the creation of this Designation of Origin led to the construction of this winery and surrounding vineyards.
The vineyards and winery are located on the Gipuzkoa coast, with the Cantabrian Sea to the north. There are gentle, rolling hills at about 90 meters above sea level. The sunniest and windiest slopes are the ones planted to vines so that the grapes can get ripe and also remain dry and avoid fungal and rot issues. All work in the vineyards is done by hand including harvest. Fermentation takes place naturally in stainless steel tanks over a period of about 20 days. The wine is then bottled while young to retain some of its natural effervescence.
Bodegas Zudugarai is focused on safeguarding Txakoli as a unique, traditional, autochthonous product; however, new techniques and formulas are gradually being introduced into the viticultural process in order to improve the characteristics of the Txakoli.
The name Antxiola refers to a famous fortified home in the nearby town of Orio that was part of the walls fortifying the town. A rendering of that home is on the label of this wine. Admiral Antxiola was one of the most famous owners and written records of the house date back to 1555.
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