Blue Wine in Spain's Basque Country

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Would you dare to take a sip of a blue-hued Spanish wine? 

There are over 10,000 varieties of wine grapes in the world and most are used to create your favorite refreshments of red, white, sparkling, rose, and vino verde. But a new Spanish wine startup, Gïk, has decided to revolutionize the wine industry by creating this electric blue wine.

Located in the North of Spain, Basque Country is home to some of the best wineries in the world, and now it’s also home to this cutting-edge new libation. A group of local entrepreneurs, the creators of Gïk were motivated to change up the traditional wine industry, which they consider to close-minded, and thought the sight of a bold new vino hue on the market would be refreshing.

Co-creator Aritz Lopez shares that Gïk’s founders enlisted the help of chemical engineers to create and perfect the wine’s bold blue pigment. For the last two years, these scientists have been conducting research in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country and Azti Tecnalia, the food research department of the Basque Government, before perfecting this blue wine concoction. Today, they source their wines from all around Spain, bringing them back to Basque for the finishing blue-hued touches. 

Gïk is described as sweet and drinkable, perfect for creative and daring individuals. The Gïk wine has an 11.5% alcohol volume and is made blue with two pigments: anthocyanin, which is found in the skins of red grapes; and indigo dye. Each standard-sized 750ml bottle retails for approximately $11-17 USD. While it is currently only for sale in Europe, stateside wine-lovers can pre-order Gïk wine on the company’s site.

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