Bodega Aleanna


London, September 18, 2009 – Alejandro Vigil and Adrianna Catena walked back from the Argentine Embassy in London where Nicolas Catena had just received the Decanter Man of the Year Award among a group of dear friends from around the world.

Adrianna is an historian who recently completed her Ph.D. in History at Oxford University. Alejandro, a soils engineer, has been chief winemaker at Catena Zapata since 2002.

El Enemigo (The enemy).
“At the end of the journey, we remember only one battle. The one we fought against ourselves, the original enemy. The one that defined us.” (Divine Comedy)

On that walk, Alejandro and Adrianna decided to make a wine together, a wine that would represent their deep respect for history and tradition, and their complete irreverence towards the status quo.


Alejandro holds the highest rating ever given to a pure Cabernet Franc (100 points) wine by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, awarded to El Gran Enemigo Cabernet Franc from Gualtallary, Mendoza.

Alejandro believes in making wines that are friendly, that make you want to drink, the way you listen to Mozart or read Cronopios. Alejandro and Adrianna believe in the divine inspiration of art and nature, in making wines that speak for themselves.

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