Green Spain Month at Bitto

From the cool and wet Northwest corner of Spain comes some amazing wines and history. Stretching from the Celtic corner to the Basque country, this area is steeped in history and home to grape varietals not found anywhere else in the world. The nearly extinct Godello, the Pinot Noir like Mencia, the rising rockstar Albarino and the geeky and unique Hondarabbis are found here. Don't worry if you haven't heard of these, that's why we're here to show them off! This cool climate is very different than the rest of Spain so any preconcieved notions of what to expect should be abandoned. All of these tend towards bracing acidity, expecially the Hondarabbi. 

map of green spain

The white Txakolina, made from Hondarabbi Zuri is found occasionally out there but while most think its a single grape, its actually a name for the local grapes of the area which have been shown to be 3 different varietals with one being a North American hybrid?!? How it came here has yet to be discovered but it likely came just after phylloxera when all the European vineyards were destroyed and replanted. The red Txakoli is very rare, this grape Hondarabbi Beltza may be the father or the brother of Cabernet Franc but DNA hasn't found the true connection yet. Red Txakoli is something you have to try, it's unlike anything else and a fun experience for anyone into new wine experiences.

Check out the Youtube video we made explaining the countryside, history and specific wines that will be here. We'll also be featuring a special Spanish cheese platter through March as well so be sure to stop in this month to enjoy a trip to Spain with no Covid19 laden airports to transit through!


Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

Fun New Arrivals

  • Maimai Syrah

    Maimai Syrah

    So pretty. Brings a clear nose of Gimblett Gravels terroir beneath lush soft blue and black fruit with lovely violet and lavender notes. Palate is clean, balanced and very approachable. Just a hint of the Northern Rhone's meatiness but mostly bright fruit and enough acidity to hold it in check. Maybe the best NZ Syrah out there??

  • Clos Mazurique

    Clos Mazurique

    Along the Loire river you'll find Saumur. Cab Franc dominates the red plantings and we can see a prime example with this bottle. Perfumed floral aromas, dark cherry, forest floor and mineral. Gorgeous mouthfeel and smooth tannic structure. Bright acidity making this wine an easy drinker.

  • Three Brooms

    Three Brooms

    This single vineyard, certified sustainable sav blanc shows lovely white flower, chili pepper, and gooseberry on the nose with some sandy mineralogy. Very nice weight and balance showing passion fruit, ripe apple flavors. Such a pleasant surprise is the roundness, the acid is lively and energetic but not abrasive.

  • Armas de Guerra Mencia

    Armas de Guerra Mencia

    An excellent introduction to Bierzo's native varietal, the palate is fresh, elegant, and clean. Energetic aromas of fresh blue fruits, violet and white pepper, plus a subtle touch of licorice. Supple and gently sweet on the palate, offering sappy boysenberry and floral highlights with a hint of smokiness.