Itxas Harri Beltza 2021

Itxas Harri Beltza 2021

Itxas Harri, located in the village of Monteagudo in the northern Basque region of Navarra, is a project from Ignacio Ameztoi and his long-time friend and winemaking partner, Iñaki Guelbenzu. Wines from Itxas Harri defy standard logic, as the Spanish Basque Navarra region lies inland, yet the wines have restraint and freshness with lower alcohol levels (12.5%) which we associate with the coastal areas. 

This flavor profile is the result of the vineyard planted to the native garnacha and tempranillo grapes on well-drained, gravelly limestone soils in an ancient seabed at 385m in the Monteagudo village. Beltza is an elegant, lower-alcohol, refreshing wine that pairs beautifully with the grilled artichokes and vegetables for which Navarra is so famous. On its own, or paired with a Mediterranean meal, Beltza is fruit-forward, bright, and crushable.

Exceptional, uncomplicated ingredients and their ability to elevate the dining experience when paired were the inspiration for Itxas Harri. They seek to bring the rich Basque food and wine experience to the home pantry through accessibility and an unpretentious presentation of their regional wines. Itxas Harri, which roughly translates to “sea stone,” are Basque table wines made by two friends, honoring the food memories and relationships made at the communal table.

Vinification – Garnacha and tempranillo grapes for Beltza are 90% destemmed and given a brief pre-fermentation cold soak. The wine is then fermented with native yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with maceration throughout. It then ages in stainless steel until bottling the following spring.

  • Site: Monteagudo at 385m

  • Grapes: 50% Garnacha / 50% Tempranillo

  • Vine Age: Over 30 years old

  • Soil: Gravelly limestone

  • Vinification: Fermented with native yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks

  • Farming: Ecological

  • Vegan: Yes

  • Suggested Retail: $21.00 (750mL)