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

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #1 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Tintero Moscato

    #2 Tintero Moscato

    Sori Gramella refers to the one of the only single vineyard Moscatos, and Marco is the only producer to bottle this striking limestone amphitheater commercially. Once the 30 year old vines give up their bounty, and the grapes are harvested and pressed, they are kept in stainless steel at a low temperature to prevent fermentation until an order is received in order to provide the freshest wine possible. (behind by 19 bottles)

  • Donausonne Blaufrankish

    #3 Donausonne Blaufrankish

    If you can't pronounce this grape don't worry! Neither can anyone else. Sweet berry and red fruits in this light, pretty wine from Hungary. Rich flavor with no bitter tannins. A great sweeter red that is a big seller here. Many folks feel its the only red wine for them! (behind by 16 bottles)

  • Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    #4 Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    First lets say that this is Not ChocoVine. This wine is actually made with eighty five percent Merlot and than has natural chocolate cream added to the mix. This is the wine for anyone looking for sweet red or the chocolate lover at home. Great gift for the holidays. (behind by 2 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Bermatinger

    Bermatinger

    Do you love Burgundy, but not the price tag attached to it? This spatburgunder from Baden gives you a stellar example of what pinot can be outside of France. Red fruits and floral notes accompanied by that earthy, forest floor, mushroom that Burgundy is known for. Beautifully balanced, definitely one that should have a place at your table.

  • 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.

  • Gotes del Priorat

    Gotes del Priorat

    A slightly different and wonderful lighter take on Priorat. The gorgeous blue slate show immediately on the nose, Carignan is there but with richness and elegance. Really pretty and an homage to the fruit. Gorgeous leather and blue black fruit flavors with spice and soft leather. Organic, hand picked and just 9 months in French, this really is a lovely wine!