The Laiseka family, late ancestors of the current owner, have been producing cider and Txakoli since the late seventeenth century. But, with constant evolution and modern production techniques, their current facilities do not resemble their humble beginnings. Bodegas Virgen de Lorea, is the largest estate plot in all of Txacoli. 300 feet above sea level and less than 7 miles off the coast, the soil is clay and chalk. Farming in this region is difficult due to humidity and mildew problems, which makes it very important to have South-facing vineyards.
This vintage is composed of 80% Hondarribi Zuri, 15% Folle Blanc (Picpoul), 5% Chardonnay – the latter two unusual in this region. Straw yellow-greenish color, with a clean, long nose of ripe melon and lemon. This is a lovely, still (not fizzy, like the more famous Geteraiko Txakolis) bottle of Txakoli, with fresh citrus flavors, particularly lime. Tasty, fresh, balanced, fruity, with citrus and bitter notes.