Elías Gil is the fourth generation of a long-standing family of wine producers. 1769 is the year in which we can find the first Gil with ties to the world of vines. Two and a half centuries growing grapes. But the wine production arrived slightly later on, about two generations later.
Ramon Gil, the great-grandfather of Elías, was the heir of the family home, the largest estate in the town, always in Horta de Sant Joan. As was tradition, he was the eldest male of all his siblings and he would inherit the estate.
His siblings gradually married. They left the family home to make their own lives, and Ramon remained single. Looking after his parents and the estate he was to inherit, as it gradually became larger. And when it seemed as though his life would be this way forever, he met Manuela.
Ramon and Manuela fell in love in the most beautiful and tender way, but just like the greatest love stories, she was not welcomed into the family. They did not like her lineage, she was not considered appropriate to continue the family. And so, one night, the parents sat Ramon down and explained their reservations:
“Ramon, you know we love more than anything, and we are aware that you feel the same about us. But this girl will not be part of this family. Take as long as you need to think about it”.
Two minutes were sufficient for Ramon to take his wife by the hand and start a new lineage.
With great effort and a lot of hard work, they managed to buy a bit of land and the house where the following generations would be born. With this they changed the direction of their lives, as well as the traditions and lives of all those who followed them. As of that moment, the heir would no longer be the eldest son, everything would be left to the youngest members of the family.