To talk about Bilbao is to talk about a unique place in the world, full of charming, hospitable people, a place that takes it reason to be, its personality and character from the Ría (river), the buildings, the pintxos (finger food) and the delicious Txakoli, an excellent, light, fruity local wine, which has its own highly recommended route.
Although in Bilbao you can enjoy a thousand and one different plans (many of them very near to the Hotel Petit Palace Arana and the Hotel Petit Palace Tamarises), this visit is simply charming because it takes you to the heart of the land where Txakoli is produced, where you can participate in exclusive tastings of wines that are not yet available in the shops. So where is this route or places that you should make sure you visit? Today we bring you a summery of the principal experiences “made in the Basque Country.”
To learn more about the Txakoli Route you need to cover the 20 kilometres that separate Bilbao from Alava as it is here that the grapes Hondarribi zuri, that are used to produce this wine are cultivated and where the authentic Txakoli route starts. This route also runs through other areas such as Amurrio, Llodio, Okondo and Orduña as well as other locations.
With just a simple walk through any of these places you will realise that Txakoli (and gastronomy in general) is part of the engine that gives life and meaning to this area of the Basque country. There is nothing better than to live this from the inside and reserve a couple of visits to some of the wine cellars based in the region. Which ones are the most recommended? Although you will have many to choose from, the best are located in Okondo and Amurrio, areas where Designation of Origin has a special presence.
However make no mistake, to talk about the Txakoli Route is not just about wine, this route takes us through some of the most beautiful rural landscapes of the Basque country and shows us the character and personality that typifies the north of our country.
From enjoying the natural green of the area and the panoramic locations of the vines of Hondarribi zuri (many of them cultivated from 14th or 15th centuries), visiting every wine cellar and chatting to the managers with an excellent glass of wine in your hand, is certainly a unique experience that is high recommended.