WHO WE ARE
“ValleYglesias it’s a MADNESS come true between the mountains of Madrid and Gredos”.
Without family tradition, without knowledge, without money, without contacts… coming from worlds very different from that of wine and restaurants, two brothers set out to pursue a DREAM, an ILLUSION.
WE DECIDED TO BET ON OUR LAND.
It all started in 1998 with Bodega Valleyglesias, a pioneering private winery in the Sierra Gredos. Opening a private winery in the late 90’s was an IMPOSSIBLE. Even centuries-old cooperatives closed their doors. Our DREAM was to recover and value the old hundred-year-old vineyards that were gradually being abandoned. They thought we were crazy
And the CRAZY PEOPLE had the ILLUSION of having a restaurant. If we had managed to get the winery up and running, what was to stop us from getting into new trouble. In 2014 back to the old ways… ValleYglesias Restaurant begins to take shape.
We currently export more than half of our production and our wines are among the most renowned in Madrid and the Sierra de Gredos.
Valleyglesias Restaurant is the reference restaurant in the area and the showcase where what we are is reflected; combination of tradition and modernity; always looking for the highest quality in everything we do.
After 11 years professionally dedicated to MTB, I decided that the time had come to leave behind the suffering, the pressure of the competition, the stress… How confused I was, the world of wine is the same!
For all the places where I have passed with my music, I have always proudly carried a piece of my land. My “World” I show you with my songs, in the restaurant I show you my “Earth”.
Fernando Ocaña SR
After I retired I decided to collect and rescue information from the people who have cared for and lived the vine all their lives, and… put it into practice.
The one that controls everything.
A word is enough to the wise
FAMILY HISTORY 1860
This story begins with our great-grandfather Ramiro Ocaña, born in 1860. Like so many other families in this area, our ancestors dedicated themselves to the fields, they were winegrowers. After the arrival of the phylloxera in Madrid, which meant the total loss of the vineyards, around the second decade of the 20th century, the family went from cultivating their vineyards to replanting the vines that were dying from the phylloxera plague. . For this they had a hard-working gang of women who were the ones who made the grafts. Once the grafts spent the winter in the family nursery, when spring came the new vines were planted in the field to form a new vineyard.
As the generations passed, the field work was abandoned, the lands are sold and the family dedicated themselves to other trades. And it is now a century later when we once again look to our roots and start on the road full of strength and MADNESS.
THIS IS HOW VALLEYGLESIAS BEGINS
First elaborations in an old farmhouse. Without means, we can carry out harvests of just 5,000 kilos of grapes. The resulting wines were not commercialized but served as a basis for gaining experience.
Inside the San Martín business incubator, the winery begins to take shape. We acquire new machinery and obtain the qualification of the Designation of Origin Wines of Madrid. First wines for sale only locally.
After a lot of work, finally since 2010 we have had an authentic winery located in a privileged environment. At the top of a hill and in the middle of the vineyards. ! The dream is taking shape!
First steps in restoration. Small place where we only offered tapas. Of course, very good!
WINE & MUSIC BAR
We moved to a larger venue, but our menu was still only for varied tapas. The inauguration just got out of hand.
Reference restaurant in the area and every day trying to do better.