In Spain, where there is great food, there is great wine. With San Sebastian’s rising status as the gastronomy capital of Europe, local production of Txakoli wine has been revitalized.
Along the coast on either side of San Sebastian are a number of towns with Txakoli vineyards and wineries. These towns comprise the Txakoli Route, and they’re home to our favorite vineyard tours near San Sebastian. Here, long-standing winemaking families open their doors to share their passion, tradition and, of course, their wine!
Txakoli is a delightfully refreshing local wine. It is also slightly effervescent which is why you’ll often see it poured from arm’s length, in order to enhance the bubbles. Pair it with San Sebastian’s specialties: seafood, Idiazábal (smoky sheep’s milk cheese) and cured meats.
They say that there are four main factors that influence the quality of this wine: the soil, the sea, the climate and, most importantly, the Basque people. A hundred years ago, families would produce Txakoli in their country cottages for personal consumption. In fact, “txakoli” is Basque for “cottage wine.”
Nowadays, Txakoli wine is a major feature of the foodie scene in San Sebastian! With that in mind, get a taste of the local culture at these five vineyard tours near San Sebastian.
This century-old vineyard in Getaria is magnificently set between the rolling green slopes and wild blue waves of the Cantabrian coast. On a guided tour, get the lay of the picturesque land and learn about the production of their three wines. Additionally, you can savor local products along with your tastings.
Address: Barrio San Prudentzio 26, Carretera Meagas
2. Hiruzta Bodega
Located at the foot of the Jaizkibel Mountain, a passionate family of winemakers owns and operates Hiruzta. Their claim to fame is the resurrection of Txakoli wine production in Hondarribia. This area is the origin place of the Hondarrabi Zuri grape. Tours include a fascinating visit of the grounds followed by a wine tasting and a locally-made snack. You can also enjoy an excellent meal on the terrace overlooking the vineyard.
Address: Barrio Jaitzubia, 266
3. Bodegas Txomin Etxaniz
This breathtaking bodega on the coast of Getaria has everything. Your guide will beam with pride as he describes the cultivation techniques and processes that result in their refreshing, earthy Txakoli. Also, the welcoming atmosphere, stunning vistas, and the family’s eagerness to share their tradition make this one of the best vineyard tours near San Sebastian.
Address: Barrio Jaizubia 266
4. Bodega Rezabal
The winemakers at Rezabal focus their efforts on sustainable agriculture. Wander through the trellised vineyard and learn how they make their exquisite red and white Txakoli. Also, enjoy your tastings at the beautiful country bodega. They provide aperitives or a full meal made with fresh farm-or-sea-to-table ingredients.
Address: Asti Auzoa, 628
5. Bodegas Itsasmendi
Eighty percent of the Txakoli produced today is made of the Hondarrabi Zuri, a white grape. Itsamendi is one of the few to produce the Hondarrabi Beltza, a red grape. What’s more, this grape is grown almost exclusively in the Basque region, so it doesn’t get much more local. Different from those founded on family tradition, a group of enthusiastic friends started this bodega. They are committed to creating the best product and winery experience possible, therefore making it one of our favorite vineyard tours near San Sebastian.
Address: Barrio Arane 3
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Elyssa Garrett is solar-powered. A Northwestern University graduate, she uses her film degree primarily as an excuse to binge-watch Netflix. A stubborn expat, voracious walker and enthusiastic eater, Elyssa has the incredibly tough job of distilling amazing tours and experiences around the world into mere words on the internet. Check out her other published works and anecdotes on her website.