Back at the turn of the century, local lad and charismatic Basque chef, Karlos Argiñano, and some good friends were sharing some good food at their Txoko. Fierce and passionate believers in the wines of the Getariako area, they shook on a plan to buy vineyards, build a winery, and make white wines like no others in the world.
Their vision for Bodega K5 was to unite the terroir, climate and Hondarribi Zuri variety to fashion wines with a bold and compelling character. Winemaker, Lauren Rosillo, calls it “intelligent intervention”, better known as skill and craft!
2020 saw a new chapter begin at K5. Karlos’ youthful and charming daughter, Amaia Argiñano, now leads this special family winery with exuberance and enlightenment.
Located just outside of Aia, 9km from Zarautz, the vineyard is around 300m above sea level: 15 hectares planted over a 30 hectare site. Most of this was planted in 2005. Harvesting here typically takes place in mid-October (later than most in the DO), before the grapes are delivered into the meticulously designed small but efficient winery. Every detail here is designed to allow the best expression of Hondarribi Zuri in this remarkable place.
The wines are astonishing companions for seafood, although they are so versatile they can partner any food. Listings with all the Euskadi top restaurants is testimony to this unique Txakoli producer (and they really do supply everyone of note in this Gipuzkoa food mecca).
In the fishing town of Getária there is a legendary restaurant called Elkano that serves K5 by the glass alongside the finest charcoal-grilled wild Turbot in the land. It takes its name from the equally legendary 16th century explorer and seaman Juan Sebastián Elkano, who captained the flotilla led by Portuguese legend Fernão de Magalhães for the first circumnavigation of the globe. We like to think K5 is the next legend in this story!