Itsasmendi Artizar

The force of nature revealing unimagined horizons.

Itsasmendi Artizar2021-06-10T07:32:44+00:00

Project Description

A North Star with a Cantabrian nerve

At Itsasmendi, we practice sustainable viticulture aiming to integrate the vineyard harmoniously into every ecosystem and, as a result, nature gives us grapes with a distinctive quality. Ongoing study of the ecological variables has led us to discover diverse specific situations in the vineyards. Placing special emphasis on this richness provided by the natural environment and our vinicultural philosophy, the originality of Artizar lies in having the freedom necessary each year to choose small areas and vinicultural details that are at times imperceptible, so they can express themselves to the full in this new Txakoli.

Itsasmendi Artizar 2016

2016 was a year of perfect balance between production and vegetation, years in which the production of Txakoli is infinitely easier because a large part of the work has already been completed in the vineyard.

Impeccable health and September temperatures slightly higher than normal gave us a vineyard in the second week of ripeness, where the complexity was visible right from the start. A Hondarrabi Zuri from a loamy plot with areas of shale and with 10% Izkiriot Tippia, ripe, elegant ripening and with a direct and profound acidity.

Fermented in the final phase and matured for 10 months with the finest lees in a 2000-litre vat, with 7 campaigns.



The originality of this wine lies in its freedom to chart its own course each vintage: the aim is to discover the means to showcase the viticultural and winemaking details and little corners, at times imperceptible in larger volumes of production but that characterize each vintage, so they can find full expression.


Made in stainless steel with 13 months aging on the lees, seeking to reveal the distinctive acidity of this grape.

Tasting note

Golden glints, just like a star. Its intense initial fragrance of ripe fruit and yellow flowers brings out underlying balsamic tones and those of aromatic herbs from the Atlantic countryside.  It shows the contrast between the warmth of September in 2016 and the freshness of the Atlantic breeze. It is silky as it enters the mouth, long-lived, potent, fresh, direct and full-bodied.  It has a finish which is reminiscent of stone fruit, lime, with a touch of toffee.


Blancos con madera. Artizar 2012. De complejidad maravillosa.

Mi vino-vinum Sep. 2014

93 puntos. Perfecto equilibrio.

Restauradores 2014
Artizar 2011 93 puntos. No es casualidad que el desarrollo de la Bodega haya sido por el camino de la longevidad.
Guía Proensa 2014
92/100. artizar 2011 Vino expresivo y de singular tipicidad.
Los mejores vinos españoles 2013
92 puntos, no parece ser del mundo al que pertenece. Excelente vino.
Guía ABC
Un chacoli evocador que aúna tipicidad y modernidad. Itsasmendi en el epicentro de la enología vigorosa y creativa de Euskadi. Un paisaje de hierbas silvestres, flores y terruño.
El Pais
Itsasmendi “Artizar” 90/100 tipicidad de la zona en su máxima expersión.
Especial los mejores vinos españoles 2012
Agustin Pieris (sumiller Asador Etxebarri) Itsasmendi Artizar y el bacalao se comunican sin interferencias.
Ha ido abriendo horizontes impensables para el txakoli. ARTIZAR 2010 Atípico y original 90/100.
Guia Proensa 2013
Artizar 2010 Espléndido vino blanco.
Guia Vino 2013 ABC

Artizar 2010, un vino personal de marcado carácter atlántico.


Artizar 2011  – 91 puntos

Parker 2015

Artizar 2012—El mejor Txakoli que he probado, gran vino blanco que nace a partir de la viña y el reposo.

ABC 2015

Itsasmendi Artizar 2012—94 puntos

Guía Vinos Gourmet 2018

Artizar 2014—94 puntos (This is a really impressive and seductive white, reminiscent of Rheingau riesling, with an incredibly pronounced nose of dried citrus, dried pineapple, papaya, mangoes, caramel, banoffee pie, peach and apricot tart).

Artizar 2016—92 puntos

James Suckling