El Enemigo, “the enemy”. The struggle that most defines us in our lives is the one that we wage with our selves. We are all our own worst enemies. This is the credo behind the name on the label.
The wines of El Enemigo are enigmatic, charismatic, and verging on iconoclastic. In that way the wines reflect their maker, Alejandro Vigil, an almost Picasso-like personality. “Ale”, as he is known, is the head winemaker at the iconic Bodega Catena Zapata, but he has many loves. He consults, and contributes academic research on soils and microbial composition. With El Enemigo he plays and expresses himself creatively.
And yet the wines are also sensitive to historical blends, and the grapes come from some of the oldest vineyard sites of the region. That might be the influence of his business partner, Adrianna Catena, who recently graduated with a PhD in history from Oxford University.
Acclaim and recognition for these wines is accumulating at an exponential rate. Tim Atkin sums it up in his 2016 report, “You can rely on Ale Vigil to push the envelope of Argentinean winemaking.” The status quo and complacency are things to be vanquished.