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.

Guardians of the
Galician soul

Grape by grape, harvest after harvest, for four generations the history of Valdesil has been forged on the foundations of a family legacy made up of a mosaic of small vineyards – pezas – spread across the most extreme slopes of the Valdeorras valley in the Sil River basin, and an approach to vine growing based on utmost respect for the land.

Over these four generations, we have reclaimed vineyards that were doomed to disappear and preserved ancient grape varieties which had long been ignored.

And on this one-way journey, we have created legendary wines that arouse emotions, transcend our understanding and have become permanently entrenched in our memory.

Set among wild, tough, uneven and breath-taking terrain, Valdeorras is home to a whole world of terroirs of extraordinary variety and richness, giving each of our wines their singular character.

Our pezas are perched on extreme, challenging slopes exposed to the whims of the changeable, wild weather that gives each vintage a unique personality.

Throughout our history we have had to face the most challenging forces of nature: frosts, hailstorms, droughts, wildfires, incessant rainfall, extreme summers, harsh winters, inclement springs and ill-fated autumns, devastating blights…

And even though it’s never been easy to withstand the challenges of fate, our pride in being the last guardians of an extreme, romantic and audacious form of viticulture more than makes up for all the effort that has got us where we are today.

The extraordinary
is never born
of the ordinary

The roots
of a dream

In the late 19th century, our company was the result of the union of two families deeply rooted in the ancient winemaking tradition of the Sil valley: the Prada family, originally from the village of Córgomo, and the Gayoso family, from the village of
Portela.

Out of this alliance came a common heritage of historic vineyards planted exclusively with ancient Galician varieties, into which, for four generations, the family has poured its love of the land and
respect for nature and engaged in organic, traditional and and respectful viticulture producing legendary wines. These are wines that emphasise the power of the soil and the extreme conditions inhabited by our plants, achieving a perfect symbiosis between the spiritual and human dimensions that stormily shape our vines over time.

Our legacy consists of a mosaic of small plots of old vineyards – pezas – that cling to the most extreme slopes of the Valdeorras valley, and the teachings that have been handed down from generation to generation on a way of understanding the land, work and life.

This legacy, with its aroma of rain and nostalgia, is the combination of a territory and a memory

We inherit a treasure from our elders and learn not only the art of making wine, but also the determination to carry on when adversity does its best to throw you off your stride

They never gave up, and their courage forms part of our family legacy We continue to make the wine they dreamt of – a wine made from the grape varieties born in these lands, as generous as they are tough We use the same techniques. With the same dedication. and the same passion.

Wedded
to the spirit
of the land

Valdesil

Where we come from

Location
La primera viña

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.

1885

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Pioneros en la comercialización de Vinos de Valdeorras

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.

1910

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El viñedo de O Chao

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.

1941

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Un nuevo impulso

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.

1988

Location
Mirar lejos, llegar alto

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.

2012

Valdesil

Our people

Jose Ramon Gayoso Santin

Jose Ramón Gayoso Santín

FOUNDER
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

Francisco Prada Gayoso Díaz

CHAIRMAN
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

Raúl Prada Luengo

MANAGING DIRECTOR
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.