They named their wine Xarmant: “charming” in French,
a fitting reflection of this joyous wine from the bountiful Amurrio valley in Spanish Basque Country.
Artomaña Txakolina is located north of the town of Amurrio at 350m in the verdant foothills of the Sierra Salvada mountains, next to the Nervión river before the magnificent waterfall of Salto del Nervión drops over 270m, creating one of the highest and most beautiful waterfalls in all of Western Europe. The Amurrio valley faces the Atlantic Ocean where its proximity creates a unique, ideal microclimate. As an aside, this valley is also rich in sloe berries utilized for the local Basque liqueur, Pacharán.
Xarmant utilizes a blend of their estate grapes, which are the traditional varieties indigenous to the Basque region: hondarribi zuri with petit courbu, gros manseng, and petit manseng. The wine is fermented in stainless steel, utilizing indigenous yeasts to allow the grapes to reflect the true qualities of the unique soil and site. Per the style in Álava, Xarmant is bottled with less naturally-occurring residual carbon dioxide than txakoli from other regions, like Getaria.