About the Producer
From vineyards overlooking the Bay of Biscay in Basque country
Bodegas Ameztoi is one of the top producers of Getariako Txakolina. The winery owns 20
hectares of vines overlooking the town of San Sebastian. Ignacio Ameztoi is the seventh generation to carry on the
tradition of making Txakolina.
“In San Sebastián, you wouldn’t believe how much Txakolina is drunk in the month of August alone,” said Ignacio Ameztoi Aranguren, in a profile for The New York Times. “Here in Basque country, they drink it year-round. They drink it with meat, too. That’s the culture.”
In Basque it is mostly called Txakolina (pronounced chack-oh-LEE-nah), but also referred to as Txakoli (CHACK-oh-lee).
Wine & Food Matching Ideas
Fish & Chips
Try it with
Despite the tricky spelling, Txakoli is an extremely easy, carefree, fun, and refreshing style of wine. The slight fizz, low alcohol, and high acidity make it particularly easy-drinking as an aperitif but also easy to pair with a wide variety of tapas. It's normally poured with a bit of drama: at arms length overhead to maximise the bubbles straight into a chilled tumbler. The locals love Txakoli with a plate of fried calamari. If you're willing to try frying your own, Felicity Cloake provides a great recipe.