— 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.
Her love of history began at a young age and, like her father, she headed to UC Berkeley, graduating with highest honours (summa cum laude) in 2006. She recently finished her doctorate in History at Oxford University, and is currently living in Madrid. As an historian, Adrianna has specialised in the Early Modern Iberian Atlantic, the histories of trade, consumption, and material culture (especially in relation to textiles and dyes), from the Renaissance to 1800.
She has a Brazilian husband and a son Antonio, whose smile is so warm and sincere that his grandfather Nicolas says this boy will never need to study, because with that smile alone he will conquer the world.
Adrianna is a passionate chef and a champion of organic food and farming who believes in shopping daily for the freshest local ingredients, and growing as much as she can at home..
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.