Isastegi is an old family estate located in the town of Tolosa in the Basque Country of Spain. The estate was originally covered by pastures for cattle, with only a few apple trees for the family to make a small amount of cider for itself. In 1983 they decided to switch from livestock to cider output and started selling their cider to the public. Pastures were replaced by orchards and a small part of the house became dedicated to cider production.
If you’re used to English or American versions of this drink, prepare for a shock: Spanish cider has hardly any sweetness to it, veering instead into the realm of mouth-puckering acidity and yeasty notes that are slightly reminiscent of a gueuze beer.