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A brief history

Great wines begin in the vineyard. Our vision is to make rich and unforgettable wines that are true to the special place they come from. The story of Catena is the story of Argentine wine.

Founded in 1902, Argentina’s Bodega Catena Zapata is known for its pioneering role in resurrecting Malbec and in discovering extreme high altitude terroirs in the Andean foothills of Mendoza.

The family’s Adrianna Vineyard at almost 5,000 feet elevation has been called the Grand Cru of South America.
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Established in 1902

Cobos S/N
Argentina
M5509

www.catenazapata.com

info@catenazapata.com

+542614131100


Meet The Winemakers

  • Dr. Laura Catena

    Dr. Laura Catena is a Harvard and Stanford trained biologist and physician, founder of the Catena Institute of Wine in Argentina, and managing director of Bodega Catena Zapata (Est. 1902). The Catena Institute is dedicated to preserving the Malbec wine variety and to elevating Argentine wine. Under Laura’s leadership, Bodega Catena Zapata has reached new heights. The family winery earned six 100-point wine ratings, was voted most awarded winery in the world by VIVINO WINE STYLE AWARDS three years in a row and was chosen WORLD’S MOST ADMIRED WINE BRAND by Drinks International in 2020. Laura is author of Argentina’s definitive wine guide, “Vino Argentino” and her second book, “Gold in the Vineyards,” received the Best in Wine History award from Gourmand. She lives with her husband and three children between Mendoza, Argentina, and San Francisco, California, where she volunteers as a street physician with the Department of Public Health.

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  • Dr. Nicolás Catena Zapata

    “Nicolás Catena Zapata is a figure in Argentina of the stature of Robert Mondavi in Napa and Angelo Gaja in Piedmont. He inspired an entire region to strive for a higher level of quality by his successful exploration of high-altitude vineyards and rigorous clonal selection,” says Master Sommelier, Larry Stone. The grandson of Italian immigrants, Dr. Nicolás Catena Zapata grew up working in the Catena family vineyards. He studied Economics at Columbia University and later, after visiting the Napa Valley during the early 1980s, he was inspired to start a wine revolution back in Argentina. He pioneered high-altitude viticulture and is responsible for the rebirth of the ancient Malbec variety in Argentina.

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Bodega Catena Zapata Wines

Featured Wines

Bodega Catena Zapata Angélica Zapata Merlot Alta Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataAngélica Zapata Merlot Alta

The grapes for Angélica Zapata are sourced from high altitude, mountain vineyards planted at elevations between 3297’ and 3957’ above sea level. Years of research, led to the identification of the ideal “terroir” that could offer the highest concentration of aromas and flavors. Bodega Catena Zapata pioneered the discovery of the ideal high altitude microclimate for each particular varietal.

Bodega Catena Zapata Angélica Zapata Cabernet Franc Alta Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataAngélica Zapata Cabernet Franc Alta

The grapes for Angélica Zapata are sourced from high altitude, mountain vineyards planted at elevations between 3297’ and 3957’ above sea level. Years of research, led to the identification of the ideal “terroir” that could offer the highest concentration of aromas and flavors. Bodega Catena Zapata pioneered the discovery of the ideal high altitude microclimate for each particular varietal.

Bodega Catena Zapata Angélica Zapata Malbec Alta Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataAngélica Zapata Malbec Alta

The grapes for Angélica Zapata are sourced from high altitude, mountain vineyards planted at elevations between 3297’ and 3957’ above sea level. Years of research, led to the identification of the ideal “terroir” that could offer the highest concentration of aromas and flavors. Bodega Catena Zapata pioneered the discovery of the ideal high altitude microclimate for each particular varietal.

Bodega Catena Zapata Catena Zapata Estiba Reservada Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataCatena Zapata Estiba Reservada

This is the Catena Zapata family top wine. It is a "Bordeaux" blend, consisting mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon. The history of this wine dates back to 1990, when Dr. Nicolás Catena Zapata decided to launch a high-end Cabernet Sauvignon that could compete with the best Cabernet in the world. Nicolás Catena Zapata had always been a great admirer and collector of the red wines of Bordeaux and Napa Valley.

Bodega Catena Zapata Nicola Catena Bonarda Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataNicola Catena Bonarda

Bonarda was brought by the Italian immigrants at the end of the 19th century, becoming in the 90's the most cultivated red grape in Argentina. Bonarda is a late-ripening grape variety that adapts well to light soils. It grows best in southeast Mendoza, where medium temperatures allow for optimal grape maturity.

Bodega Catena Zapata Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Bottle Preview
Bodega Catena ZapataCatena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard

Located in the far southerly growing region of Altamira en La Consulta, the Nicasia vineyard is the only planting of the special Catena Selection of Malbec cuttings in this traditional area for Malbec. La Consulta was Nicolás Catena’s father Domingo’s prefered Malbec location.