We began in 2015 our Izar-Leku Mahastiak project, which brought together the Zapiain & López de Lacalle families. With the help and experience of Inaxio Manterola, a wine-grower in Zarautz, we now grow 3.75 hectares (9.26 acres) of Hondarrabi Zuri y Beltza grapes, from which we produce a sparkling wine with these grape varieties.
Though the seacoast towns of the País Vasco may seem worlds away from Rioja, they in fact lie little more than an hour’s drive (if you’re driving like a Spaniard) over the Sierra Cantabria from the Rioja Alavesa. It is this close cultural connection which led Artadi’s López de Lacalle family to develop an exciting new project of stunningly high-quality traditional-method sparkling wine made from Hondarribi Zuri grown in the Getariako Txakolina zone (though not carrying the DO). Here, in the coastal town of Zarautz, they have collaborated with grower Inaxio Manterola for the sea-kissed, rippingly high-acid raw material ideal for two and half years of sur-lie aging before disgorgement with no dosage.
The result is Izar-Leku, a sparkling wine packed with natural energy which after a long ageing in bottle produces a wine with great aromatic complexity and an attractive distinct saline minerality.