Doniene Gorrondona currently farms 16 hectares of vines,
including a unique two-hectare parcel of pre-phylloxera hondarrabi beltza. The vines are planted pergola-style to allow air circulation in this moist climate. The Bakio valley creates a steeply-sloped bowl which faces the Cantabrian Sea, where vineyards are carved from the rock and surrounded by forests on one side and the ocean on the other. This incredible natural setting yields distinctive txakoli wines born from forest and ocean, marked by fresh mountain herbs and salinity. Itziar crafts transparent, elegant white wines that speak to the region and their absolute quality.
They are also famous for never giving up on txakolina tinto, as the history of the region once included red wines before phylloxera. Their Beltza bottling, from 100% hondarrabi beltza, has become a cult classic and is widely regarded to be the premier red txakolina of Basque Country. With a tiny average production of 300 cases each year, the lucky few eagerly await each new vintage. In addition, they are also the only winery within the Bizkaiko Txakolina DO to have their own distillery; producing orujo and hierbas liquors.
Doniene Gorrondona farms ecologically and the wines are fermented using only the indigenous yeasts for spontaneous fermentation. Itziar believes in creating wines that reflect the distinct terruño with the goal of crafting the most authentic wines in the region.