Bodega Catena Zapata

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Bodega Catena Zapata
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Location Mendoza, Argentina
Appellation Mendoza Wine
Founded 1902
Key people Nicola Catena, Domingo V. Catena, Nicolás Catena Zapata, Laura Catena & Alejandro Vigil
Known for High Altitude Malbec
Varietals Malbec, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon
Distribution International

Bodega Catena Zapata is a family-owned winery located in Mendoza, in the sub appellation of Agrelo, Argentina. The winery structure is distinguished by its pyramid-like design based on Mayan architecture.[1][2] Its wines have contributing to raising the profile of Argentine as a hub for wine production.[3][4] [5]

The winery was founded in 1902 by Italian immigrant Nicola Catena and was passed to his son Domingo.[6][1] [7] Domingo’s son, Nicolás Catena Zapata (A.K.A. Nicolás Catena) was one of the first to introduce European winemaking techniques to Argentina[1][8] and pioneered Malbec and vine growing in high altitudes.[9] [10][11][12][1] [13][14] [7][15] Nicolás Catena’s daughter, Laura Catena, and other members of the Zapata family have also been involved in the winery.[13]

Laura Catena Zapata and Nicolás Catena Zapata


  1. ^ a b c d Catena, Laura (September 2010). Vino Argentino, An Insiders Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina. Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-0-8118-7330-7. 
  2. ^ Meat & Malbec: Bodega Catena Zapata Winery, Mendoza, April 27, 2011. Archived December 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Argentina's One-Two Punch,, March 24, 2003.
  4. ^ The Magic of Malbec Archived February 24, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., The Cayman Islands Business Journal, September 2010.
  5. ^ The Might of Mendoza: the romantic tale behind Argentina's booming malbec grape, The Independent UK, June 2014.
  6. ^ 25 Wine Innovators, Wired for Wine August 2014.
  7. ^ a b Nicolás Catena Such Great Heights, Gismondi, Anthony Montecristo Magazine, November 7, 2014.
  8. ^ Malbec: Varietal Focus, Winemaker Magazine, July 2012.
  9. ^ Saving Malbec, Saveur Magazine, December, 2015.
  10. ^ Wine trials: The Most In-depth Study of Cultivars Ever Attempted. The Future of Wine Science., "Wine Business Monthly, by Lance Cutler", November, 2015.
  11. ^ The Story of the Adrianna Vineyard, Huffington Post, September, 2015.
  12. ^ To move beyond Malbec, look below the surface, The New York Times, by Eric Asimov, February, 2016.
  13. ^ a b Rose, Anthony, Interview with Nicolás Catena Zapata, Decanter man of the year 2009,, March 27, 2009.
  14. ^ Nicolás Catena Zapata honoured as Decanter Man of the Year, September 18, 2009.
  15. ^ High Hopes in the Andes, The Economist 1843, December,January 2017.

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