Region: Basque Country (País Vasco)
Growers: Aitor & José Ignacio Lisaso
Farming: Certified Organic
Apple Varietals: Sagardo Naturala is made from 20-30 different native Basque apple varieties: 60% for acid, 30% for bitterness, and 10% for sweetness, and all certified organic estate trees.
Pairing ideas: The juice is dry, funky, fresh, and distinctly Basque in character, it is traditionally paired with salt cod omelets and thick cuts of beef, but it can taste incredible alongside so many types of various cuisines.
About: Located in the Usurbil mountains above San Sebastian, the Arratzain Inn has been home to cider production for nearly 500 years. The planting of apple orchards and cider production in the Basque Country dates back to the 11th century, as does a strong gastronomic tradition which is closely linked to this type of tart and tangy cider. The inn and sideria (cidery) has been a part of the Arratzain family for generations, and in 2000, brothers Aitor and José Ignacio Lisaso took over all daily operations, managing all aspects of farming for their 3-hectare orchard and when there is time to spare, they welcome guests in their agriturismo, their charming inn above the sideria.