—The Story —

London, September 18, 2007 - 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 since 2002. 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 Giuliana 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.