17 Nov All the flavor of Bizkaia in your glass
Bizkaia, November 11, 2021.- Last Wednesday, November 10, the Regulatory Council of the Designation of Origin Bizkaiko Txakolina brought together the professionals of the sector in Madrid in an institutional lunch where their wines, considered among the best wines, were presented. targets worldwide.
The lunch, which brought together journalists, institutions, authorities and other prescribers from the world of wine, took place in A’Barra, with an original staging. The aperitif was enlivened by the music of Madrilen Txalaparta and the traditional Basque dance of Mulixka Dantza Taldea. At the table, a spectacular four-handed menu, the work of Julen Baz, Garena restaurant, and Sergio Manzano, A´Barra, in harmony with the wines, presented and commented on by sommeliers Iñaki Suárez, Bizkaiko Txakolina, and Valerio Carrera, A bar,
In total there were eight wines and two spirits from the producers Garena, Berez Galanta, Magalarte Zamudio, Gure Ahaleginak, Gorka Izagirre, Itsasmendi and Doniene Gorrondona. Very different wines, but with a common style: quality, excellence, respect for the origin, raw material and avant-garde of Bizkaiko Txakolina.
These same wine arguments inspired the dishes prepared by Julen Baz, Garena’s chef de cuisine, who took his gastronomic journey of tradition and culture of the region to Madrid; and by Sergio Manzano, chef de cuisine of A´Barra, another defender of the product and admirer of nature.
The event, therefore, managed to create the atmosphere of Bizkaiko Txakolina: the culture, nature and know-how of a region that produces txakoli was perceived by all the senses. The winemakers and members of the Regulatory Council thanked Madrid for the welcome, recognizing the importance of the capital as a wine market, and took the opportunity to present their next actions that will take place soon in Madrid and that are part of the campaign “All the flavor of Bizkaia in your glass ”: specifically, the second edition of the Salón del Txakoli, an institutional tasting and other sensory activities that will take place on November 18. Registrations for the Show are formalized at the following address: https://forms.gle/KAAUa15KPY9sFqUb7
An unforgettable meeting that managed to bring the best of Bizkaia wine, gastronomy and culture to Madrid to feel “All the flavor of Bizkaia in your glass”.
Information on the participating wineries in Cuatro Manos:
Berez Galanta Winery:
The new project of the Berez Galanta winery is a family winery located on a hill in the Arteta neighborhood, in the town of Galdakao. Located at an altitude of 259m above sea level, the winery is surrounded by 12 hectares of vineyards of the native Hondarribi Zuri variety. They work the vineyard with sustainable techniques and their sheep clear the grass during the winter season and fertilize the vineyard. Txakoli Berez Galanta is a wine aged on fine lees that enhance the aging process. With aromas of apple and stone fruit, the wine is very fresh, sweet and structured, with aging power.
The Garena txakoli comes from a vineyard located on the edge of two of the most important natural parks in Bizkaia, Urkiola and Gorbea. Garena wants to participate in the evolution of txakoli from Bizkaia but with its roots well anchored in our land and our culture.
The name Garena (in Spanish: What we are) wants to transfer to wine the reality of an ambitious project that combines a splendid vineyard that surrounds the Garena restaurant with a state-of-the-art winery prepared to reveal the best of its grapes. As his motto “Ginenetik garenera” conveys, his intention is to evolve towards new elaborations, which will mature alongside his vineyard.
Magalarte Zamudio Winery:
Family winery with a winemaking tradition since the mid-19th century. Today, in its new facilities located next to the Zamudio technology park, tradition and state-of-the-art technology come together. They have equipment and systems for making txakoli with avant-garde methods and new oenological techniques, always respecting the artisan tradition. They also have new plantations, at different altitudes above sea level, with excellent guidance for obtaining top quality grapes, from Hondarrabi zuri as the main variety.
Gure Ahaleginak Winery:
The Larrabazal Durana family winery is surrounded by its own vineyards planted in 1987 and equipped with anti-frost systems for both sprinkling and aeration, since the situation of Orduña, at an altitude of 314 m in the depression formed by the riverbed del Nervión, influences its weather, sunny days not excessively hot and cool nights.
Deep soils make their vineyards produce harmonically acidic and sugary musts. Aromatic and gustatory substances with a pleasant perception in the mouth. It produces a full-bodied and excellent quality txakoli made with grapes from the family vineyard.
Gorka Izagirre Winery:
The Gorka Izagirre Winery is a family project that was born in the vineyard and constantly evolves to achieve high-quality white wines, maintaining its identity and origin, Bizkaia, unchanged. It has 40 hectares of its own vineyard divided into 14 small plots. The low yield per hectare allows an excellent maturation in order to create more structured and gastronomic txakolis, with a very interesting storage capacity.
The winery is considered a tool that works at the service of the vineyard, allowing each parcel to be elaborated separately, revealing the full potential of each one with the aim of increasing quality and creating a range of wines that is interesting for its customers.
Natural, complex and full of diversity, like the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve itself. Itsasmendi has developed a meticulous selection of plots as an ecological basis for the winemaking practice, constituting its best heritage and hallmark: 39 hectares. of vineyards arranged in 15 plots, which provide its true character, based on the wealth existing in the natural environment.
His new winery project, completed in 2020, allows those who visit him to enjoy a unique experience.
Doniene Gorrondona Winery:
In 1996 they became fully involved in the wine recovery of Bakio at a time of massive abandonment of the vineyards in the area. Its objective has always been to reinterpret tradition, to produce wines with great personality without losing sight of our roots.
Doniene Gorrondona Txakolina currently has 15 hectares of vineyards in production. His way of understanding the natural environment and viticulture, the autochthonous varieties and the uniqueness of the soils and microclimates of the vineyards offer as a result a great variety of young and aged wines.
The defense of the product and the admiration of nature are the roots of A’barra. It is a contemporary space distributed in different environments. An à la carte restaurant and tasting menu, with private spaces, where the best seasonal and raw materials are served. Culinary technique at the service of the highest quality PRODUCT. Gastronomic bar, where you can live a unique gastronomic experience through show cooking. Our wine cellar that houses more than 800 references and 8000 bottles, masterfully managed by our sommelier Valerio Carrera.
Garena Jatetxea is located between the Urkiola and Gorbea natural parks, in the heart of Bizkaia. We link our cuisine to the territory, with a gastronomic proposal that is sustained in tradition. The life of the hamlets is the fundamental pillar of this project. A way of life about to disappear. Stories in the form of a plate with which we make the diner travel through 500 years of history to understand that way of life of survival and direct contact with nature. Traditional flavors, good products and few ingredients define us. Julen Baz, Garena’s Chef de Cuisine, intends to take the diner on a gastronomic journey back in time.
The project is completed with an 11-hectare vineyard where we grow the native varieties Hondarrabi zerratia and Hondarrabi zuri with which we make our own txakoli, Garena and Geroa.
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