Bodega Catena Zapata
Bodegas Catena Zapata was founded by Nicola Catena, an Italian immigrant who planted his first vineyard in Mendoza in 1902. The winery is still family run, now 4th generation, and is one of the few family-owned wine companies in Argentina, that remains in Argentinian hands. Nicolás Catena, the grandson of the founder is a pioneer on many levels, known as the vintner who revolutionised the quality of Argentinian wine. With its 1997 inaugural vintage Nicolás Catena Zapata became the first luxury cuvée from Argentina to be exported around the world. He was also a trailblazer for the Malbec grape variety and high altitude vineyards. Nicolás has conducted extensive research into the soils and microclimates of Mendoza's high altitude wine country in the foothills of the Andes. At different altitudes their vineyards express a distinctive profile of aromas and flavours, exclusive to each plot. The Catena Zapata wines are made from estate grown fruit which come from diverse vineyards across Mendoza: the main ones being the Pirámide Vineyard which surrounds the winery, planted in 1983 at 930 metres; the Adrianna Vineyard, which has been called the Grand Cru of South America, planted in 1992 at 1,460 metres; the Nicosia Vineyard planted in 1996 at 1,095 metres, and the Angélica Vineyard planted in 1930 at 950 metres. The origin of some of the Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon vines are called “The Catena Cuttings”. These are a pre-phyoxeric Massale Selection, which refers to the old way of propagating where new vineyards are replanted using exceptional old vines from the same or nearby areas. All this adds up to a portfolio of exceptional wines. Nicolás Catena's dream was to make Argentine wine that could stand with the best in the world, and that dream has certainly come to fruition - in 2020 Bodega Catena Zapata was named “The World's Most Admired Wine Brand” by Drinks International. Today Nicolás Catena's daughter Laura runs the business and continues the family's extraordinary legacy.