Laura Catena

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Laura Catena
Laura Catena at Bodega Catena Zapata
Born1967 (age 54–55)
EducationHarvard University
Stanford University
OccupationManaging Director of Bodega Catena Zapata.
Author of "Vino Argentino", "Gold in the vineyards" and "Malbec Mon amour".
Physician at University of California San Francisco,
Owner of Luca Winery or Twitter or Instagram

Laura Catena (born 1967) is a fourth generation Argentine vintner, physician and author.


Laura Catena was born in Mendoza, Argentina in 1967. She graduated magna cum laude in Biology from Harvard University in 1988 and has a Medical Doctor degree from Stanford University. She is currently managing director of Bodega Catena Zapata[1] and her own Luca Winery in Mendoza, Argentina, as well as a practicing Pediatric Medicine physician at University of California San Francisco Medical Center in California.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Catena has been called the “face” of Argentine wine[11][12][13] for her active role in promoting the Mendoza wine region and Argentine Malbec.[14][15][16]

She has been named one of the "Top 25 Wine Innovators"[17] and she has been an invited speaker at Must Summit, Master of Wine Symposium and the American Society of Wine Educators,[18] Decanter Wine Encounter,[19][20][21] the Smithsonian Institution and the Vancouver Playhouse among others. She has also been a guest blogger for and The Huffington Post[5][22] and has been interviewed by,[23] The Leonard Lopate show[11][24][25] and The Drinks Business[26] and NPR Radio, Here and Now.[27]

In 2010, Laura Catena released her book, Vino Argentino, An Insider's Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina, published by Chronicle Books, which has been reviewed extensively by press in the USA and Internationally.[28][29][30][31][32] In 2011, she released the Spanish/English and Portuguese/English editions with Argentine publisher Catapulta Editores. Her second book was Oro en los viñedos / Gold in the vineyards, a wonderful compilation of the world´s most celebrated vineyards, a Spanish/English edition published by Catapulta Editores in 2017.[11][12]

The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) was established in 1969 as the first competition to promote and award the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. Laura Catena served as President for its 46th year (2014), acting as an ambassador for IWSC and for fine wine globally. [33][34]

Laura Catena was named one of the “100 Most Influential Latinas” by Latino Leaders in their digital and print May–June 2021 editions [35] and was chosen as "Woman of the Year" by The Drinks Business Awards 2022.[36]


  • Vino Argentino, An Insiders Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina (Chronicle Books - September 2010)[11]
  • Vino Argentino - Argentine Wine (Catapulta Editores - October 2011)[37]
  • Argentina chapter in The Business of Wine: An Encyclopedia by Jack Bronstrom and Geralyn Bronstrom (Greenwood Publishing - December 2008)[38]
  • Oro en los viñedos (Catapulta Editores - December 2017)[12]
  • Gold in the vineyards (Catapulta Editores - May 2020)[39]
  • Malbec Mon amour (Catapulta Editores - June 2021)[40]


  1. ^ To move beyond Malbec, look below the surface, The New York Times, by Eric Asimov, February, 2016.
  2. ^ It’s a family affair, The Costco Connection, August, 2011.
  3. ^ Laura Catena Uncorks Argentina, The New York Times Magazine, November 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Catena Zapata Family, “”
  5. ^ a b Laura Catena, “The Huffington Post”
  6. ^ Medicine & Malbec: The Double Life of Dr. Laura Catena, Physicians Life, June, 2015.
  7. ^ Saving Malbec, Saveur Magazine, December, 2015.
  8. ^ Wine trials: The Most In-depth Study of Cultivars Ever Attempted. The Future of Wine Science., "Wine Business Monthly, by Lance Cutler", November, 2015.
  9. ^ The Story of the Adrianna Vineyard, Huffington Post, September, 2015.
  10. ^ Laura Catena's Malbec Mission, Wine Searcher, July, 2018.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ a b c Catena, Laura (December 2017). Oro En Los Viñedos. Catapulta. ISBN 978-0-8118-7330-7.
  13. ^ Argentina's Growing Wine Regions,, September, 2009.
  14. ^ Goldin, Carlos (December 2004). The Secrets of Argentine Malbec. Focus. ISBN 978-987-43-8034-0.
  15. ^ High Hopes in the Andes, The Economist 1843, December,January 2017.
  16. ^ Laura Catena: the quest to find Argentina’s winemaking potential, The Buyer April 24, 2017.
  17. ^ 25 Wine Innovators, Wired for Wine August 2014.
  18. ^ American Society of Wine Educators
  19. ^ Master of Wine, Master of Wine Symposium, June, 2018.
  20. ^ MUST FERMENTING IDEAS, Must Fermenting Ideas, June, 2018.
  21. ^
  22. ^ The Story of the Adrianna Vineyard, Huffington Post, September, 2015.
  23. ^ Laura Catena from Bodega Catena Zapata, "Wine Library TV", October 8, 2010.
  24. ^ The Leonard Lopate Show The Leonard Lopate Show, March 30, 2011
  25. ^ Les Grandes Dames, March 8, 2011
  26. ^ ARGENTINA: WOMEN IN WINE The Drinks Business, September 16th, 2015
  27. ^ "Global Wine Production Takes A Hit Due To Irregular Weather". Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  28. ^ Argentine wine Malbec and more,, September 23, 2010
  29. ^ Best New Reads for Wine Lovers, December, 2010
  30. ^ Laura Catena Uncorks Argentina The New York Times Magazine, November, 2010
  31. ^ Meet 9 of the World's Top Women Vintners The Oprah Magazine, October 2010
  32. ^ Three wine books to read now The Washington Post, November, 2010
  33. ^ Q&A with Laura Catena, The Drinks Business November 2013.
  34. ^ International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014, International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2014
  35. ^ "100 Latinas".
  36. ^ "The Drinks Business Awards 2022 winners". The Drinks Business. 9 June 2022.
  37. ^ Catena, Laura (2011). Vino Argentino - Argentine Wine (in Spanish and English). Buenos Aires, Argentina: Catapulta Editores. ISBN 978-987-637-098-1.
  38. ^ Catena, Laura (December 2008). The Business of Wine: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing. ISBN 978-0-313-35400-7.
  39. ^ Caten, Laura (2020). Gold in the vineyards. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Catapulta Editores. ISBN 978-987-637-666-2.
  40. ^ Catena & Vigil, Laura & Alejandro (2021). Malbec Mon amour. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Catapulta Editores. ISBN 978-987-637-912-0.

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