Ahh, Txakoli! A personal favorite of mine. (Kristin). I actually first had this specific wine in can and instantly fell in love. I knew we would need to bring this wine to the shop! What I didn't know was that it was also available in bottle and boy oh boy did that excite me because a little can is NOT enough!! Trust me. It's delicious!! Light, lively, and clean with an array of fruit flavors and a sprightly effervescence! The zest makes it a great wine to pair with garlicky shrimp and scallop dishes. What’s in the name? Well, “Xarmant” means charming in Basque country, from which the Xarmant Txakoli Artomaña Txakolina emanates. It’s bottled with natural, residual CO2 which makes this wine oh so delish and charming! Grab a bottle for your next beach or pool day and make sure to get this baby nice and cold!
Situated in the quaint Basque herrixka (village) of Artomaña on the banks of its eponymous river are the family vineyards and winery of Artomaña Txakolina. The estate is a forty-minute drive south of Bilbao in the Arabako Txakolina DO, which is the warmest and further inland of the three Txakoli regions. Like much of this green and damp part of Spain, the vineyards and valleys are flanked by imposing mountain ranges. The limestone-rich Sierra Salvada casts an intimidating figure across the landscape giving protection from the harsh Atlantic winds while providing irrigation via the local rivers that are born at its peaks.
The first wines of the region were produced in 1988 when Eugenio Alava Ugarte set out to recover the tradition of wine production in the region. Now the Alava brothers focus on making wines that respect the traditions of the region, while reflecting the unique terroir that surrounds them.
Winery/Producer: Artomaña Txakolina
Grape(s): 70% Hondarrabi Zuri, 10% Gros Manseng, 10% Petit Manseng, 10% Petit Corbu
Style: White, dry
Origin: Amurrio, Arabako Txakolina - Chacolí de Álava, Araba, Basque Country, Spain
Vinification: Organic and sustainable farming practices. The grapes are harvested and pressed. After a brief cold maceration, each grape variety ferments separately with indigenous yeast in stainless steel tanks. Once fermented, the wine ages on the lees for two months without bâtonage (stirring) until the time of blending. Once blended, the wine is stored stainless steel tanks at low temperature for stabilization before bottling
Aging: Aged in stainless steel tanks.
% ABV: 12.5%