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Gaintza – Txakolina Blanco

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The Facts

UPCs 2022 (750ml) - 8 437015 799506
Origins Spain > Pais Vasco > Getariako Txakolina
Appellation Getariako Txakolina
Varietal Hondarrabi Zuri
Cepage 85% Hondarrabi Zuri, 15% Gros Manseng
Winemaking Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel, with 24 hour maceration. 45 day, slow fermentation, with no malolactic. Aged for 8 months on the lees in stainless steel. Bottled at 0 degrees of natural sugar. Natural carbonation from finished fermentation in bottle.
Aging 8 months on the lees in stainless steel
Markets California

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The Character

Overall Light effervescence and brilliant, refreshing acidity
Aromas lemon, quince, green apple and sorrel are overlaid with sea spray
Mouthfeel Bright & Light
Tasting Notes Bright green-yellow. On the nose, high toned aromas of lemon, quince, green apple and sorrel are overlaid with sea spray and stony mineral notes. On the palate, puckering acidity and effervescence lend a practically gulpable appeal, with bright meyer lemon, apple and green herbs. Finishes salty and clean, begging for another sip.
Selling Point Classic Getaria-style Txakoli with 100% estate-grown grapes
Pairings Fresh salads, light soft cheeses, shellfish, shrimp, and fried seafood
Sustainability Vegan, Biodynamic In Practice, Organic In Practice, Sustainable In Practice

The Story

Tucked away on the banks of the Cantabrian Sea just west of San Sebastián sits the small yet fierce Getariako Txakolina DO. The area's sandy beaches attract surfers and tourists, while the Basque region’s abundance of Michelin-starred restaurants draws millions of destination diners each year. It is also here that the Lazkano family has been farming their small vineyard plots around their rural stone house and cellar—known as a caserío—for a century. The Gaintza estate and winery was founded by Andrés Lazkano in 1923, for the purpose of making wine for home and selling the small amount leftover directly from his farmhouse to neighboring villages. The winery has expanded since then, now home to a boutique guesthouse and tasting room offering classically warm Basque hospitality. The winery is run by its 4th generation, brothers Joseba and Urtzi Lazkano. Joseba and his mother handle the winemaking (and the many visitors!) while Urtzi manages the family’s 23 ha of sustainably farmed, pergola-trained vineyards. Intensely focused on their small but fierce region and its potential for its native varietals, the Lazkano family name is respected for being fine wine pioneers in a region largely known for inexpensive, fizzy white wine. Surname aside, members of the family are usually referred to simply as “Gaintza,” in the local custom of swapping in farm or fishing boat names.

About Gaintza

Producer Story

The Lazkano family has been farming three separate single-vineyard plots for nearly a century. The estate was first founded by Andrés Lazkano back in 1923. At the time, Andrés made small amounts of Txakoli wines from vineyards located along his farmhouse and sold them to neighboring towns nearby. Since then, the winery has significantly expanded and is now on its fifth generation of winemakers, who continue to highlight the one-of-a-kind growing area of Getariako, where the family name is synonymous with pioneering of the region.


Producer Story

The Lazkano family has been farming three separate single-vineyard plots for nearly a century. The estate was first founded by Andrés Lazkano back in 1923. At the time, Andrés made small amounts of Txakoli wines from vineyards located along his farmhouse and sold them to neighboring towns nearby. Since then, the winery has significantly expanded and is now on its fifth generation of winemakers, who continue to highlight the one-of-a-kind growing area of Getariako, where the family name is synonymous with pioneering of the region.

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