The Agerre family has been growing grapes in Getaria for three generations. Emilio Agerre is the third generation of winemakers and currently runs the winery with the help of his wife and son. The family owns 15 Hectares (37 acres) planted on the slopes of a mountain overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Getaria.
The vines range from 10-30 years old, with the Atlantic climate the perfect habitat for the Hondarrabi Zuri. The soils are sandy loam over gravel of Tertiary origin. The soil quality and steep slope allow for good drainage.
The vineyards face east to maximize the sun exposure and protect the plants from the wind coming from the west. The vines are trained to a height of around 6 ft. This method is chosen to avoid the moisture from the ground and maximize ventilation. Pesticides and herbicides are not used.
The harvest takes place in early October and lasts for approximately 15 days. Groups of grape pickers cover the the property using long shears to manually harvest the hanging bunches below the vine arbors. Fermentation is in whole clusters, which allows for more dynamic flavors. Native yeasts are used and there are 6 weeks of contact with the lees.
Agerre Getariako Txakolina (Pais Vasco)
Variety: 100% Hondarribi Zuri
Aging: Fermentation with native yeasts in Stainless Steel tanks, 6 weeks lees contact.
Production: 10,000 cases/year
Tasting Notes: A crisp, refreshing wine with a slight effervescence. Notes of fresh citrus and green apple with good acid and minerality.