Txakoli (pronounced ‘Tcha-Ko-Lee’ and also seen as Chacoli) is a slightly sparkling, very dry and very crisp white wine with a comparatively low alcohol content. It is produced entirely in the province of Gipuzkoa in the Basque Country.
Txakoli is not a fully sparkling wine but has a natural ‘spritz’. It is traditionally poured from head height into the glass held at waist level – this flamboyant serving aerates the wine and helps add a certain ‘sparkle’. Txakoli is perfect light drinking and, for the Basque people, often accompanies seafood pinchos.
The Hondarribi Zuria grapes are fermentation in whole clusters, which allows for more dynamic flavours. Native yeasts are used and there is 6 weeks of contact with the lees.