Producer Profile

Ulibarri Artzaiak

"Brothers Iker and Asier Ulibarri consider themselves shepherds before all else. In fact, ""Artzaiak"" translates to ""shepherd"" in Basque. The Ulibarris raise sheep and produce cheese on their property in the Bizkaiko D.O, where they also farm 2 hectares of certified organic Hondarrabi Zuri grapes in their backyard, about 15km away from the Cantabrian Sea. Their soil is a mix of clay, sand, slate and schist.

The sheep graze the vineyard and compost the soil, giving the whole operation a very ""circle of life"" feeling. The brothers say that their sheep add more to the vineyard than they do. - Cream Wine"

Where The Wines Come From

Basque Country

The Basque Country, nestled in the northern part of Spain and southwestern France, is renowned for its rugged coastline, vibrant culture, and culinary delights. In recent years, the region has also embraced natural winemaking, reflecting its commitment to sustainability and innovation. With its diverse terroir, including coastal cliffs, lush valleys, and mountainous terrain, the Basque Country offers an ideal environment for organic and biodynamic viticulture. Natural winemakers in the region prioritize native grape varieties such as Hondarrabi Zuri, Hondarrabi Beltza, and Txakoli with minimal intervention. By eschewing chemical additives and focusing on natural fermentation, they produce wines that capture the essence of the Basque landscape. Basque Country's natural wines are known for their freshness, minerality, and unique coastal influence. Whether it's the crisp and lively Txakoli whites or the earthy and expressive reds, these wines reflect the region's rich cultural heritage and commitment to sustainable winemaking. As the demand for authentic and terroir-driven wines continues to grow, the Basque Country remains a dynamic and exciting destination in the world of natural wine.