Fazenda Prádio

Fazenda Prádio's winemaker, Xavi
Fazenda Agrícola Prádio vineyard in Ribeira Sacra, Galician
Fazenda Agrícola Prádio wine cellar in Ribeira Sacra, Galician
Fazenda Agrícola Prádio concrete tanks
Fazenda Agrícola Prádio vineyard in Ribeira Sacra, Galician
Rocks from Fazenda Agrícola Prádio vineyard
Fazenda Agrícola Prádio, vineyards in Ribeira Sacra, Galician
Rocks from Fazenda Agrícola Prádio vineyards in Ribeira Sacra, Galician
Ruins made with rocks found in the area, close to Fazenda Agrícola Prádio

The Story

In the countryside of Galicia and across the border, in Northern Portugal, the most important thing is family. The second most important is the wine and food they produce; followed closely by friendships. But Xavi Soeanes, the founder of Fazenda Agrícola Prádio, wants to make his friends part of his family, and his visitors his friends. Xavi is in love with his Galician countryside and he’s even more taken by its nearly forgotten past. He wants to breathe new life into the place, but in an ancient way. His greatest desire, his dream, is to share his cultural treasure with the world, through the lens of his wines.

Fazenda: A Way of Life

Xavi (with the “x” pronounced “sh”) grew up in A Peroxa (another “sh”), a very small village about a half-hour drive from Ourense, which is itself a small city but with a big-city feel. Bridge after bridge, traversing the Miño River from one side of the city to the other, it connects the city’s ancient historic, granite buildings and the modern residential high rises on both sides. The city center is dense and squeezed by the steep surrounding hills inside the most expansive pocket along the Miño after passing through Lugo, eighty kilometers north, as the crow flies. The closest city to the Ribeiro and Ribeira Sacra, it acts as the commercial hub for these special Galician wine regions. A Peroxa sits only about twenty kilometers (twelve and half miles) from Ourense, but once out of the city it’s a mix of winding roads that cut around and up over the hills that rise above the river Miño gorge below.

The drive from A Peroxa down into O Pacio twists for another ten minutes as it cuts across the crest of the south-facing ridge above the Miño through thick, green forests, filled with shrubs, oaks, pines, and prádios—a common local tree also called Falso Plataneros (Acer Pseudoplatanus), or a False Maple; in the US, Sycamore Maple, and in the UK, simply a Sycamore. After a hard (often two-point) right turn, it’s straight down a meandering slope into the open air of the expansive gorge, losing hundreds of meters of altitude in a short distance that abruptly levels off like a landing plane straight into the gates of what, as of 2021, are old, rounded slab, granite-block ruins in process of full restoration by Xavi and his father, Manuel, all perched on a small plateau overlooking the river with a panorama of the south side of the gorge.

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Lay of the Land

There is an extensive essay I wrote on Ribeira Sacra that covers in greater depth its climatic factors, geography, geology, grape types, and subzones.

Fazenda Prádio Mencia

Fazenda Prádio - 2019 Mencia

Price: $30.00
Size: 750ml
Availability: 

Out of stock

Type of Wine: Red
Grape(s): Mencia
Style: Mineral, Elegant and Aromatic