We are very pleased to offer our wines direct from the winery to you!
The grapes for our Herri Mina Irouléguy blanc are picked in small baskets, sorted, then pressed. The juice ferments in stainless steel vats and the wine stays on lees until it is bottled in the spring. Irouléguy, an AOC since 1970, is a tiny Basque appellation on the foothills of the Pyrenees in south west France. About 250 acres of vineyards are cultivated by 60 growers. One of them, Jean-Claude Berrouet, winemaker at Château Petrus since 1964, makes a distinctive dry white from a blend of Gros Manseng, Petit Courbu and Petit Manseng. Berrouet, whose father comes from the Basque town of Itxassou, went back to his family roots and purchased 4 1/2 acres of vineyards in the commune of Ispoure. He chose a Basque name for his wine: Herri Mina. Herri means "country" and Mina means "homesick." Thus the name Herri Mina stands for nostalgia. "I am the youngest son of a Basque family from Itxassou, who gave me a love of our beautiful region with its strong cultural heritage," he explains. All of our wines offered here have been properly imported, carefully handled, and are available for immediate shipment directly from our U.S. stocks. We hope you enjoy our wines!