Decanter magazine published in its last issue the “Ones to Watch” list, containing those people who most influence consumers when drinking a wine. In this opportunity, Alejandro Vigil, Catena Zapata’s chief winemaker, was chosen to be part of this list with other well-known figures, such as Antonio Galloni, Daniel Johnnes, Edouard Moueix, and Patricio Tapia.
As the magazine highlights: “Alejandro Vigil: ground-breaking winemaker of Catena Zapata, winery located in Mendoza, tireless explorer of extreme regions for the grape growing in Argentina. Alejandro is one of South America’s most worldwide renowned winemakers”.
What does this recognition mean to you?
The fact of being among the 50 most influential people in the world wine is a great surprise and happiness. Besides, this recognition is not only for me but for all the people who are making great changes in the Argentine industry. In the personal aspect, it is very important, but it also means that the world is considering Argentina as well as its wines, getting increasingly consolidated.
How is Argentina recognized?
The most important is the positioning and great recognition Argentina has achieved in the last few years with its high-end wines. Moreover, we have started to pave a way for terroir and region wines, and little by little we are observing the results.
What are your challenges and expectations?
To remain working, teaching and learning about the idea of the geographic identification, Argentina’s areas and regions. In this respect, I aim to continue on the path in pursuit of the terroir, sub region and region.
How are your personal projects going on?
The “Enemigo” (Enemy in English) wine is on track for identifying regions and subregions. The focus is especially on the Cabernet Franc, to develop its distinctive characteristics.
In your opinion, how will this year go on regarding the wine context?
Today we are facing an intense situation due to the delay in exchange rate adjustments, and we are looking for the tools to overcome it. I think we will progress this year, but gradually. The important thing is that we have managed to get positioned in the market within the range of over USD 70 a case, meaning that we are developing a high-quality winemaking.