The Catena family has perfected the art of wine making over the course of four generations. Bodega Catena Zapata estate has established a reputation as one of the most exacting producers in the wine making region of Mendoza, a premier wine region in Argentina. Their high altitude location is ideal for the creation of many enticing varietals, from a robust Malbec to award-winning Chardonnays.
Subtle blending of grapes from vineyards situated different altitudes on the estate results in uniquely balanced and amazingly expressive wines. Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide rates the popular Catena Zapata Nicasia 2007 Malbec at an astonishing 94 points, and in the same breath, places the Adrianna vineyard 2007 Malbec at 93 points. But what is most surprising is that each Malbec demonstrates intricate differences in nose and palate that result from the differing microclimates of the vineyards.
Nicolás Catena received a Life Time Achievement Award from Der Feinschmecker at the Wine Awards 2011, and Decanter’s Man of the Year in 2009. His commitment to carrying on the Catena Zapata tradition, and studies of wine making operations around the world, have positioned Bodega Catena Zapata offerings as among the most ambitious of Argentinean wines.
Chief Winemaker Alejandro Virgil has been recognized as a rising star in the industry, and has assembled a team at Catena Zapata winery that pushes the limits of conventional winemaking wisdom. The team continues to be a driving force behind Argentina’s growing position in the global fine wine market.