"Winemaking is a way of life that revolves around contact with nature and a true love for the work. To produce wines from a place you need to breathe the same air as the vine, suffer the cold and the heat, and feel a sense of belonging to that place."Alejandro Vigil
Alejandro Vigil is a graduate in agricultural engineering from the Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, where he went on to receive master’s degrees in both winemaking and irrigation management. He began his career in the National Agricultural Technology Institute, where he took over the Soil Analysis Department at the age of 28. Alejandro came to Bodega Catena Zapata in 2002 as head of Research & Development. In 2003 he joined the enology department, focusing on the winery's top wines. His strong scientific background led to important developments in both vineyard management and winemaking.
Alejandro was named Winemaking Director in July 2007. Under Alejandro’s direction as head winemaker at Catena Zapata, the winery was named New World Winery of the Year in 2010 by Wine Enthusiast and Winery of the Year in 2012 by Wine and Spirits Magazine. Alejandro has led the winery to garner international acclaim with over forty 95+ points ratings from the world’s most influential wine publications including Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Advocate, Decanter and Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.
A naturally restless person, Alejandro strives to channel his creative energy into pushing the limits of conventional viticultural and winemaking wisdom.