The Malbec El Enemigo grapes are harvested in five distinct moments: five weeks pass between the first and last harvest and the vinification takes place with indigenous yeasts. Maceration lasts 28 days. Aging lasts 15 months in centenary vats-barrels.
Near the Andes mountain range, El Enemigo Winery watches over a vineyard ranging from 930 meters to 1470 meters above sea level, where the mosaic of calcareous, rocky and clayey terroirs represents an exceptional resource for the cultivation of the vine. The Malbec El Enemigo is from a Gualtallary vineyard located at 1470 meters above sea level. Here, magnificent malbec and cabernet franc vines rise on a deep, calcareous and rocky soil.
The wines of El Enemigo are a tribute to those internal battles that make us who we are, brought to fruition by a winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, and a historian, Adrianna Catena who share a love of wine and reach back in time to capture the era when European immigrants first settled in Argentina. El Enemigo is produced at Piedemonte al Sur, located in southern foothills of Maipu, Mendoza. The facility is named for the unique aspect of Mendoza’s high-altitude winemaking region nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Alejandro Vigil is a soil expert, a winemaker and an animal lover. He is the Chief Winemaker at Bodega Catena Zapata and the former head of the soil division at Argentina’s Wine Institute. Among his many pets, he keeps a cow to produce milk for donation to the local school children. Adrianna Catena is the daughter of Nicolás Catena. She is a graduate student in Early Modern Spanish history at the University of Oxford, UK. Her dream is to continue the family legacy of winemaking, while pursuing a passion for history and writing from a cottage surrounded by vineyards in the Argentine Andes.