Catena Zapata

Winery Star

Wine Leaders' Choice

Mendoza, Argentina

Catena Zapata, founded in 1902 by Italian immigrant Nicola Catena, is now considered Argentina’s First Family of wine. Despite the Malbec grape’s declining popularity in Bordeaux, Catena championed it from the outset, and the estate is now a centre of detailed viticultural study, with vineyards dubbed the country’s Grand Crus. The estate is currently run by Laura Catena, Nicola’s granddaughter, who created the Catena Institute of Wine to develop Argentina’s sustainability code and help the country’s wines reach their full potential.

The pyramid-shaped winery, inspired by Mayan temples, is a fascinating attraction in itself. The estate also offers three new types of tours, including the ‘Blending Games’ experience that turns visitors into winemakers for a day. The ‘Wine and Music’ tour is a multi-sensory session bringing the wines to life in novel ways.

Catena Zapata produces an impressive range of red, white, and sparkling wines, some in a natural style, focusing on single terroir and high-altitude blends. The estate is particularly renowned for its Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The higher altitudes lend the Malbec a floral, pretty, and surprisingly light colour. The estate also produces excellent Chardonnay and a set of indigenous grape varieties.

Laura Catena, who works as both an emergency doctor part-time in San Francisco and an ambassador for Argentinian wine, collaborates with head winemaker Alejandro Vigil to create pure expressions of her family’s terroirs, right down to the smallest plots.

Year           1902

Country     Argentina

Address    M5509 Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentine

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AWARDED YEAR:

2024

Certificate Of Excellence

The Winery Star Certificate is an award of excellence for wineries around the world. The certificate is issued for quality and expertise in the wine industry and is a great and valuable asset for wineries.

It is awarded to wineries that have been recommended by Wine Leaders around the world. It gives a boost in the level of credibility in the global wine community and it is a great way to strengthen the winery image.

Buyers, distributors, business partners and even travelers are more eager to contact awarded wineries to buy their wines and visit the winery. 

The certificate displays wineries name and relevant year, it can be shared on website, social media or used for promotional purposes. It is also possible to receive the framed version by post. 

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