Itsasmendi Artizar

The force of nature revealing unimagined horizons.

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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 2014

With atypically high temperatures in the first week of September that brought forward ripening and reduced the acidity of the grapes harvested compared to a normal year, 2014 was a year of Mediterranean profile.
Curiously, there were two different expressions of the Hondarrabi Zuri grape on the same plot. With harvesting almost 10 days apart and two totally different grapes; both with a lot of personality.
Since their coupage didn’t convey the identity of both separately, it was de-cided to offer two Artizars to the market this year. This Hondarrabi Zuri is from a shale and sandstone plot with vast limestone veins that cross the estate, resulting in a deli-cate, elegant grape.



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

Aromas of white and yellow flowers and white fruit. Citrus notes with a considerably mineral presence. Distinctive spring reminiscences from the vegetation in the surrounding area.
Delicate on the mouth without too much structure, although direct and fresh with perfect harmony throughout the mouthfeel. Highly aromatic on the mouth, good acidity that provides freshness.


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