Jokín Aranzábal Harreguy
The traditions of growing grapes and making wine in the Basque region of Spain date back thousands of years. Early vineyards were located near the coastal towns to supply the local demand for wine. The first references to “txakoli” date to the 17th century, but it is only in the latter half of the 20th century that the regional wines started to make their mark. The Getariako Txakolina DO was created in 1989.
The winery was established before the creation of the DO by Antonio Aranzábal, to pay homage to his mother Kattalin Iturzaeta and the tiny plot (0.7 Ha) of ancient hilltop vines he inherited. Due to a declining market for Txakoli wines, the vines were at risk of being torn up and replaced by fruit trees, and Antonio, seeing a greater vision for Txakoli, did not want to see this happen. He was the first in the region to acquire temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to enhance the flavour profile of the Txakolina, and also established quality targets that were otherwise absent in the region at that time. Now under Jokin’s stewardship, the uncompromising standards set by Antonio continue with an annual production of less than 6000 bottles, depending of the vintage.