1490 66th Street • Emeryville, CA 94608 • T 510-653-1040 • F 510-653-1050

Talai Berri


SpainPaíses Vascos


Sustainable farming

Located in the charming fishing village of Zarautz, this family winery is one of the top small producers in the D.O. Getariako Txakolina. Bixente Eizaguirre, founder of the winery in 1992, is a fourth generation winemaker and his daughters, who now are very active in winery operations are the fifth. He was very active in the original initiative that resulted in the D.O. being established in 1989, and his winery was the first built exclusively for producing Txakoli wines.

“Sisters Itziar and Onditz Eizagirre have been certified for integrated production since 2000. They tried organic growing too, but realized that too much copper was needed and decided not to get certified. Humidity is their number one enemy, so efforts are aimed at fighting it: leaf removal, shoot thinning, clearing weeds. They count on their neighbour’s small army of sheep to “keep grass under control and to do a fine job at removing leaves; sheep don’t like sour grapes so they ignore the bunches and eat the leaves,” says Itziar. They grow 12 hectares of vines including three hectares of Hondarrabi Beltza (they pioneered red wines in the area) planted on a hollow that usually registers temperatures of 2 ºC above the standard. “We have a different microclimate every 200 metres,” Itziar notes. Natural yeasts are the norm here. Production ranges between 70,000 and 80,000 bottles. Aside from the red, the range includes two white txakolis and a rosé, all of them with the distinctive spritzy character of Getaria. All of their wines are light and easy-to-drink with moderate alcohol and vibrant acidity. The less interesting batches are used to make white and red vermouth, and low-alcohol, acidic wines find a new life as vinegar.”
– Spanishwinelover.com

The winery is equipped with temperature controlled, stainless steel vats, pneumatic press, and their own lab for monitoring the evolution of the wines.

Vineyards are from older holdings planted on the lower slopes facing the sea as well as more modern plantings facing south using modern trellis systems. The grape varietals are Hondarribi Zuri (white) and Hondarribi Beltza (red), which are indigenous to the area.

Production at the winery has been limited from the start by both the size of the building and the philosophy of the family. Their intent is to produce no more than 12,000 cases of wine so that there can be no compromise in the quality of the wines. Given their vineyard holdings, the production has now reached about 80% of capacity.