— About Us —
Two romantics, a winemaker (Alejandro Vigil), and a historian (Adrianna Catena) - go back in time to capture an era when European imigrants recently settled in Argentina, sought to make wines as fine, and finer than those of their homelands.
Adrianna has been passionate about all things historical since she can remember. She grew up in Buenos Aires and later moved to California, graduating from UC Berkeley with highest honors (summa cum laude), and the Departmental citation in History.
She holds a doctorate in History from Oxford, and has been awarded fellowships by the Clarendon Fund, Balliol College, and Leverhulme Trust. As an historian, Adrianna has specialised in the Early Modern Iberian Atlantic, the histories of trade, consumption, and material culture (especially in relation to dyes and textiles), from the Renaissance to 1800.
She is also passionate about food – a champion of sustainable, organic farming, Adrianna loves cooking and believes in finding the freshest local ingredients, growing whatever she can at home. She lives in North London with her husband and two sons, Antonio and Camilo.
Alejandro Vigil was the "enfant terrible" of his family. He was a math geek who played Rugby so well that he was even recruited to play professionally. He left school at the age of 14 to join a wine cooperative, but decided to continue studying at night so as not to upset his mother. He later graduated top of his class in agricultural engineering and became head of the soils division at the INTA (National Research Institute) at the age of 27, from where he was recruited by Nicolas Catena to lead the winery's research team. He has been Chief Winemaker of Bodega Catena Zapata since 2002.
Alejandro lives with his wife Maria and his two young children, Juan Cruz and Maria Giuliana Francesca in what he likes to call La Republica de Chachingo (The Republic of Chachingo), a country village in Mendoza where neighbors make wine together and raise their own pigs and chickens, which they share cooperative-style.
Alejandro holds the highest rating ever given to a pure Cabernet Franc wine by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, awarded to El Gran Enemigo Cabernet Franc from Gualtallary, Mendoza.