The Story

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. By 1936, Malbec and Petit Verdot were the most widely planted fine varietals in Argentina, their blend considered the ultimate in refinement and ageability.

Namesake

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.

—The Story —

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. The Thames River was covered with mist as Adrianna began to tell Alejandro about the importance of the Thames Valley on royal power in Medieval England.

Adrianna is a historian finishing her Ph.D. in Medieval History at Oxford University; Alejandro, a soils engineer, has been chief winemaker at Catena Zapata for the last 13 years. They share a mutual fascination with the writers Dostoyevsky and Cortazar, a passion for the Hellenic Philosophers, a love for music and photography, and a deep, obsessive dedication to their young families - Adrianna’s son Antonio and Alejandro’s daughter Guiliana are exactly the same age.

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.


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