Gaintza is a family run winery established in 1923 by Jose Antonio located in the Basque Country in the north of Spain.
The grapes were hand harvested, pressed gently and then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. The wine was kept in contact with its lees until bottling. This added depth to this fresh and racy wine. Malolactic fermentation was prevented to preserve the acidity and lean style of this wine.
Gaintza’s Txakoli (pronounced Chakoli) is spritzy, displaying aromas of green apples and lemons with a clean finish and is light bodied at 11% alcohol by volume.
Pairings: Raw Seafood, poached fish, lemon caper chicken, grilled vegetables, Japanese cuisine.
Wine in the Basque Country (País Vasco in Spanish; Euskadi in Basque) is divided into two main categories: Txakoli (also spelled Chacoli, Txacoli or Chakoli), which is the traditional Basque wine
Until the 1980s, txakoli was home-made in farmhouses. The fist documented trade of txakoli dates from the 16th century in Guipúzcoa, and later documents state that this Basque wine was traded in all of the Basque Country, Cantabria and Valle de Mena. During the phylloxera plague of the 19th century, txakoli almost died out, but the Basques are so zealous of their culture that they did everything in their power to keep the production going. Finally, their efforts were rewarded when three production areas obtained the DO category in the 90s.
In recent years, txakoli has acquired quite a fame. This is mostly due to the high quality of the products, but another reason for its recent spread is that it adequates very well to the actual wine trends: it's light, cold and fruity, and so easy to drink you'll be finishing the bottle before you know it. Txakoli normally accompanies fish, sea food and rare meat, but it's also very common to drink it with pintxos (the Basque tapas). It’s cool flavor, paired with a fresh pintxo of hake, will make you wish you could spend more summers in Spain so you don't ever have to stop drinking it!
DO Arabako Txakolina (Chacoli de Alava in Spanish) is a designation of origin located in the Alava province. Established in 2001, it's the youngest of all the Basque DO. In Alava there is also a big production of Rioja wine, which has parts of its vineyards in the south of the province. The txakoli vineyards are to the north, right beside the border of Alava with the Vizcaya province.
The climate in the area is influenced by the Atlantic ocean, with cool summers and cold winters with dangers of frost and sometimes hail.
The grape varieties accepted by DO Arabako Txakolina are Hondarribi Zuri, Gross Manseng, Petit Manseng and Petit Corbu in whites, and Hondarribi Beltza in reds (txakoli is generally white, but there are also small productions of red and rosé txakoli). The alcohol content in txakoli produced by DO Arabako Txakolina is 9.5%