FOUR GENERATIONS OF DREAMERS
Children of the land and the memory
Traditions aren’t improvised and can’t be faked; they are the ripe fruit of dreams, and of the sweat and effort of those who dream them.
Where we come from
THE FIRST VINEYARD
Our great-grandfather, José Ramón Gayoso Santín, planted the first single-varietal Godello grape vineyard in Portela, Pedrouzos. And so a legend was born.
PIONEERS IN THE MARKETING OF VALDEORRAS WINES
When the railway line connecting Galicia to Palencia opened at the end of the 19th century, merchants from Galician cities such as Santiago and A Coruña came to Valdeorras in search of high-quality wines made by the small producers in the valley. Right from the very beginning, the family gained itself a reputation as one of the most widely renowned local producers thanks to the high quality of its wines, and it became a pioneer in the marketing of Valdeorras wines destined for the major Galician cities.
O CHAO VINEYARD
Manuel Gayoso was given the O Chao vineyard as a reward for his dedication and devotion as a teacher at the Las Ermitas seminary.
It is one of the oldest vineyards in Valdeorras and has been farmed since at least the mid-19th century. Situated on one of the slopes surrounding the Sanctuary, it was one of the favourite vineyards of the ecclesiastical order that farmed it. It is a vineyard that boasts the three qualities that make for truly legendary wines: a superb natural environment, a mystical calm owing to the spiritual legacy of the ancient settlement, and the hand of man, who through the ages carved out the stone walls between which the vines grow.
A NEW BEGINNING
In the late 20th century, Francisco Prada Gayoso brought about a second phase in the marketing of the wines made by the family with the introduction of its own brands: Montenovo, Valdesil and Valderroa were the first to appear.
LOOK AHEAD, REACH HIGH
Raúl Prada began an internationalisation phase based on the limited production of single-vineyard wines, giving Valdesil access to the best establishments in the national and international markets and turned it into a leading winery in the world of haute cuisine. This vision led to the creation of the Pezas da Portela, O Chao, Pedrouzos, Asadoira, Vilariño and Carballeda brands.
Jose Ramón Gayoso Santín
1ST GENERATION OF THE FAMILY
A pioneer in the growing and production of the Godello variety, José Ramón was absolutely devoted to grape-growing. His innate talent and intuition, as well the dramatic vicissitudes of his personal history (his mother died during childbirth, which led to his father suffering from depression and leaving the care of his son to the maternal grandparents) help to account for his astuteness, his daring visionary capacity and his place in history. He tackled the tragedy of phylloxera with astounding vision, restructuring the family estate with uncanny wisdom despite his young years. His character has left an enduring mark on the personality of our wines: elegant, expressive and, as time has gone by, legendary.
Francisca, Manuel and José Gayoso Díaz
2ND GENERATION OF THE FAMILY
Continuing and maintaining the legacy of their father in the growing and production of Godello wines, the three siblings planted a number of small plots of land –pezas – around Pedrouzos in the village of Portela, which is today a historical testimony to the consolidation of the Godello variety in the valley, as well as the work they carried out and their devotion to grape-growing. They laid the foundations of the family spirit of the winery, placing value on their work together, joining forces, sharing progress and working the land with a focus on the next generation.
Francisco Prada Gayoso Díaz
3RD GENERATION OF THE FAMILY
After a successful business career, Francisco returned to Portela with a clear goal in mind: to make fine Galician wines with their own brands using the precious historic family heritage, meaning a decisive move away from bulk production. His grand dream and obsession was to break down the existing international barriers to Galician wines and to produce a great Galician red. In 1996 he began exporting to the United Kingdom, becoming the first winery from the Valdeorras valley to export its wines. In 1992 he launched Valnereida, a red that revolutionised the Galician red wine market through a single variety, María Ardoña, which had been rescued from oblivion. From 1989 to 2011 he launched the brands that have marked the recent history of the winery: Montenovo, Valdesil, Valderroa, Valderroa Carballo, Pezas da Portela and Pedrouzos.
Raúl Prada Luengo
4TH GENERATION OF THE FAMILY
After more than 3 decades training and gaining experience in all kinds of work at the winery: handwashing crates, harvesting, pruning, the various tasks involved in vine growing and maintenance, work on production of the wines, the manual selection of each bunch of grapes, pressing, separation, racking and punching down, as well as storage, administration and business management; he eventually joined his father in the decision-making process, driving the internationalisation of the family winery and the implementation of the brands that the family developed based on single-vineyard wines: O Chao, Asadoira, Valteiro, Carballeda and Vilariño.
The care he has taken to preserve the family heritage, educating and passing on the knowledge gained over four generations in grape-growing management, as well as the important work carried out to genetically isolate the family clones, is all fundamentally aimed at safeguarding the ancient varieties and traditions of the valley.
With a presence in more than 30 countries, strengthening customer relations is his real leitmotif, in addition to the revitalisation of a unique natural environment, the Sil valley. His boundless passion and respect rub off on all those who visit our little paradise year after year.