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Hondarrabi Zuri

Hondarrabi Zuri is a white grape variety from Spain’s Basque Country. It is most famously used in the production of the light, crisp and aromatic Txakoli wines of the region.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Hondarrabi Zuri is a very light coloured grape, and its wines are typically greenish-yellow in hue. Its intense aromas tend to be a mix of exotic fruits and herbs, with notes of lime, lemon, pineapple, and green apples. Its taste profile is generally light, tart and crisp, with a pronounced lemony acidity.

Fresh Hondarrabi Zuri grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Hondarrabi Zuri is most commonly found in the Basque Country of northern Spain. The grape is grown mainly in the province of Bizkaia and it is used to make the region’s signature Txakoli wines. Hondarrabi Zuri is a hardy grape variety that can tolerate cooler climates. It is generally planted on hilly vineyards with soils of clay and limestone. The bunches are small and compact making it somewhat susceptible to bunch rot. The winemaking process for Hondarrabi Zuri is fairly simple, with the grapes being lightly crushed, pressed and fermented at cool temperatures to retain their unique flavors and aromas. The traditional Txakoli wines of the Basque Country are made exclusively with Hondarrabi Zuri. These wines are typically light, crisp and aromatic with a pronounced lemony acidity and sometimes with some significant amount of dissolved carbon dioxide. The light, tart and crisp nature of Hondarrabi Zuri makes it an ideal partner for seafood dishes. The grape’s citrus notes can cut through the oiliness of dishes like grilled fish, and its lemony acidity can help to balance out the richness of sauces.

Foods to pair with Hondarrabi Zuri:

Asian food
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Hondarrabi Zuri
The variety is known for its very low yields and rarely exceeds 8000 kg/ha.

Top Wines with Hondarrabi Zuri

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Rezabal Txakoli is a refreshing and crisp white wine produced by the Rezabal family in the Basque Country of Spain. The wine is made from the indigenous Hondarrabi Zuri grape variety grown in the vineyards located on the slopes of the coastal hills. The vineyards are characterized by their unique terroir, with the Atlantic Ocean breeze and the mineral-rich soil contributing to the wine's distinct flavor profile. The winemaking process involves a combination of traditional and modern techniques, resulting in a wine that is both authentic and contemporary. The wine is known for its bright acidity, citrusy notes, and slight effervescence, making it a perfect pairing for seafood and other light dishes.
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Ameztoi Blanco is a delightful white wine that hails from the Basque Country in Spain. Produced by a renowned family-owned winery, this wine showcases the unique characteristics of the Getariako Txakolina appellation. The vineyards, located near the Cantabrian Sea, benefit from the cool ocean breezes and mineral-rich soils, resulting in grapes with vibrant acidity and distinct flavors. The winemaking process involves careful selection and gentle pressing of the indigenous Hondarrabi Zuri grape variety. The resulting wine is crisp, refreshing, and brimming with lively citrus and green apple notes. Ameztoi Blanco is a perfect choice for those seeking a vibrant and expressive white wine with a touch of coastal charm.
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Zudugarai Antxiola is a delightful white wine that hails from the Basque Country in Spain. Produced in the Getariako Txakolina appellation, this wine showcases the unique characteristics of the region's vineyards. The vineyards are situated on steep slopes overlooking the Cantabrian Sea, benefiting from the cool ocean breezes and the influence of the nearby mountains. The winemaking process involves carefully hand-harvesting the grapes and using traditional techniques to preserve the wine's freshness and vibrant flavors. Zudugarai Antxiola is known for its crisp acidity, lively citrus notes, and a touch of salinity, making it a perfect choice for seafood dishes or enjoying on a sunny day.
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