Grapes: Hondarribi Zuri
Region: Txakoli, Spain
Soils: Chalky Limestone + Clay
Vinification: Stainless steel fermentation with closed tops, to retain some co2.
Aging: 2-3 months in tank
Fining or Filtering: None
Notes from the Importer: The Talai-Berri winery is located in Zarautz, one of the towns belonging to the “GetariakoTxakolina” Guarantee of Origin. Built in 1992, the winery sits on the sunniest slopes of Mount Talai Mendi, surrounded by 12 ha of vineyards.
From the Aginaga family, Bixente Eizagirre represents the fourth generation and his daughters, Itziar and Onditz, mark the fifth generation making Txakoli from the native Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza. Bixente was instrumental in creating the DO and Talai Berri represent the 1st established estate winery of the region!
Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza are two grape varietals which fully adapt themselves to the land and climate of the area. It is the combination of climate, land, varietal, and winemaking technique that result in a wine completely unique to the Basque – young but full of character, dry but fresh, light but fruity, and persistent and slightly sparkling. At 200 meters elevation, all grapes are hand harvested and farmed sustainably. Talai Berri represents one of the few producers of the region experimenting with organic practices and producing a wine in the most natural state as possible; the wines have a natural carbonation with no carbon dioxide added!