16 Mar Bizkaiko Txakolina hopes to consolidate the recovery after two years marked by the pandemic
Leioa, 03-10-22. The Regulatory Council of the DO Bizkaiko Txakolina has presented the balance for the 2021 financial year as well as the various modifications that it has introduced in the Regulations of the DO and the new back labels, which provide information to the consumer and distinguish traditional txakolis from special ones by colour. , according to the new categorization system in force since this vintage.
The President of the Council, José Luis Gómez Querejeta, highlighted in his speech the moderate optimism that reigns in the DO after two very complicated years due to the effect of the pandemic. The 2021 financial year closed with a slight increase in production, a total of 1,664,542 litres, compared to the 1,557,344 liters of txakoli from the 2020 harvest.
“It seems that we are coming out of the crisis and returning to that normality that we lost two years ago, although we still have a long way to go,” said Gómez Querejeta who, questioned about the negative effects that the current crisis in Ukraine could have for Bizkaiko Txakolina, He acknowledged that it will undoubtedly affect txakoli, although “it is still early to know what scope it will have because we are all moving in uncertainty.” In any case, the president of the DO clarified that “the pandemic closed the HORECA channel, which prevented us from selling our product. Now we are talking about a supply problem or an increase in the prices of some products. They are different crises. In the same sense, Ugaitz Iturbe, a member of the Regulatory Council, stated. “That the crisis in Ukraine will affect us, it is certain; that we will stand up to him, too.”
Gómez Querejeta highlighted the Council’s efforts to place Biscay txakoli among the highest level wines. As a quality product, those responsible for the DO emphasized the gastronomic character of a wine destined to occupy a place of honor on the best tables, pairing with Basque gastronomy.
NEW BACK LABEL
The Bizkaiko Txakolina bottles will show new back labels from the current vintage. Those responsible for the DO have put the emphasis on offering more visual information to the consumer, highlighting the year of harvest and establishing a color code to distinguish traditional txakolis, whose back label will have a green background, from the special ones or bereziak , which will shine a golden color.
This distinction is due to the new categorization of txakolis from Bizkaia. On the one hand, the traditional white, red and rosé will continue, which will now coexist with the new category of txakolis bereziak, which includes whites, reds and rosés aged or fermented in barrels, with a minimum aging period of five months.
In accordance with the modifications introduced in the Regulations, the Denomination will also cover a new category, called Singulares or Apartak, txakolis obtained from less common production processes. Special late harvest wines will be renamed Uztagoienak or Ultima Vendimia.
CHANGES IN THE REGULATION
The Regulatory Council has introduced important changes in the DO Regulation aimed at updating it and adapting it to the needs of the new times and to the evolution of the wineries that, today, have diversified their production methods.
In this regard, Ugaitz Iturbe highlighted the inclusion of Cabernet Franc reds, in Basque Berdexarie and Pinot Noir as authorized varieties. The Hondarrabi Zuri Zerratia variety is now in the recommended category.
Likewise, grape production per hectare is reduced, which now stands at 11,500 kilos per hectare for white varieties and 9,500 kilos per hectare for red varieties. Iturbe stressed that this reduction is aimed at improving the quality of the grape, which will affect the quality of the txakoli from the vineyard itself.
PLANS TO PROMOTE QUALITY WINE
Maider Zalduondo, the person in charge of ensuring that Bizkaia Txakoli is recognized by the general public, detailed the various promotional events carried out inside and outside of Bizkaia despite the limitations imposed by the pandemic and the recovery of some activities that were suspended these last two years and that in 2022 they will return with even more vigor.
Gastronomic pairings, tastings, cultural and social events, concerts and food and wine experiences open to all audiences, will coexist with appointments aimed at professionals in the sector and information referents, all with the aim of making Bizkaiko Txakolina an increasingly well-known wine. and recognized inside and outside our borders.