The 2011 vintage, singled out for its quality, has produced 40% more wine than last year. The txakoli vines area is 358 hectares, 16 hectares more than those intended for that purpose in 2010.
The best vintage in the history of Bizkaiko Txakolina is now available for all those persons wishing to taste it. On Thursday 26 April, with the celebration of the 2012 Txakoli Eguna (Txakoli Day) and the felicitous official uncorking of the 2011 vintage txakolis, an event which kick started a campaign which, according to experts, is the “best-ever in the history of this Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée”.
Bizkaiko Txakolina is gaining not only in terms of quality but also in quantity and hectares of vineyards. Like so, the 2011 vintage has resulted in the production of 1,642,907 litres. This has meant an increase of 40% as compared to the 2010 vintage. The surface area intended for the vines has also increased thus totalling for Bizkaiko Txakolina – 358 hectares, 16 hectares more than last year. Yet the spectacular growth in litres of txakoli of the 2011 vintage is not due only to the increase in hectares, but also the main architect of this growth in litres of txakoli has been the weather conditions. A dry and sunny spring which accelerated of the ripening of the grapes, a fact which was ratified during summer, with the intermingling of very hot days and humid days. This meant bringing forward of the harvest forward some ten days earlier than scheduled, between 20 September and 7 October.
With such good results, there was much anticipation among those present in the Ensanche to taste the new vintage. Territorial political figures such as the Member of the Regional Council for Agriculture, Irene Pardo,; Imanol Pradales, Member of the Regional Council of Economic Promotion and Jon Azkue, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries of the Basque Government who did not want to miss the event. "Every year there are more hectares of production in Biscay and our wineries are more adequately sized", explained Irene Pardo.
The happy face of Elena Unzueta, President of the Regulatory Council, was an indicator of the good moment that Bizkaiko Txakolina is experiencing. "Nowadays Bizkaiko Txakolina is recognised worldwide and every day there are more people who recognise and value it", she stated. This good moment coincides with the coming of age of the Regulatory Council. "We have been already working 18 years, but there is still a great deal of work ahead of us and we are very much looking forward to continuing down on this road", pointed out Unzueta.
On the road to success there are still more honours awaiting Bizkaiko Txakolina. Soraya Sanjurjo, sommelier of the Jauregibarria restaurant in Zornotza, was assigned the task of uncorking and providing the first clues on the wines of the 2011 vintage. "It is a clean wine, with plenty of herbal nuances and fruity notes", she explained, and concluded by stating that "it has a softy entry, acidic rounding off to finish with a touch of tartness, with very balanced flavours".
This year, the new ambassadors who will be responsible for extolling the virtues of the Bizkaiko Txakolina are Álex Cruz, CEO of the Vueling company, Mari Puri Herrero, artist and "mother" of Marijaia (“symbol of the Bilbao´s festivities“); and Jon Aldeiturriaga, President of the Retailers’ Association of the Casco Viejo (Old Town).