History of a name
In the 15th century, the chaplains of Pedrosa de Duero, in the Ribera area of Burgos, obtained several vineyards as payment for tithes, masses and prayers. Over time, that property became one of the most renowned pagos, or estates, of the town. A true jewel of local viticulture that locals baptised with a name directly related to its origin.
Beloved Doroteo Rodero
After the disentailments of the 19th century, the famous vineyard of the Pedrosa chaplains was divided among several local families. Decades later, a modest farmer, Doroteo Rodero, came along to take care of some of these vineyards. In his role as a trainee doctor, Doroteo was very well liked in the village. It is said that after spending the day in the vineyard, he always washed to visit his patients and dedicated all his care and attention to them.
Paco Rodero and Conchita Villa set up the winery
Raised among tinto fino vines, Doroteo Rodero’s son, Paco, recovered the family vineyard in Pedrosa and together with his wife, Conchita Villa, began to expand the property. They were among the first winegrowers in the Ribera del Duero Designation of Origin and together they set up the winery at the foot of the vineyards in 1996.
A third generation later joined Pago de los Capellanes in the form of Estefanía Rodero Villa, the daughter of Paco and Conchita. With her, the family continuity of the winery and the projects that have led us to other areas and landscapes is assured.
In 2014, we realized our dream of producing white wines that follow the same philosophy as the Pago de los Capellanes reds: intensity, character, complexity and aptitude for long ageing. These virtues were waiting for us more than 300 kilometres to the west, in the small and traditional zone of Valdeorras in Galicia. This is how O Luar do Sil, the family’s second winery, was born.
Present and future
On the southern edge of the Ribera del Duero, we travel along new paths on the slopes of Fuentenebro. Its vines, planted in red earth at an altitude of 1,000 metres, show a fresh, lively and subtle identity. With them, we begin to write the future chapters of our family’s history.