Bodega Catena Zapata

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]

Bodega Catena Zapata
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LocationMendoza, Argentina
AppellationMendoza Wine
Key peopleNicola Catena, Domingo V. Catena, Nicolás Catena Zapata, Laura Catena & Alejandro Vigil
Known forHigh Altitude Malbec
VarietalsMalbec, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon

The winery was founded in 1902 by Italian immigrant Nicola Catena and was passed to his son Domingo.[2][3] Domingo’s son, Nicolás Catena Zapata (A.K.A. Nicolás Catena), was a pioneer to introduce European winemaking techniques to Argentina,[1][4] including the introduction of Malbec and vine growing in high altitudes.[5][6][7][8] Nicolás Catena’s daughter, Laura Catena, and other members of the Zapata family, have also been involved in the winery.[9]

Laura Catena Zapata and Nicolás Catena Zapata


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ 25 Wine Innovators, Wired for Wine August 2014.
  3. ^ Nicolás Catena Such Great Heights, Gismondi, Anthony Montecristo Magazine, November 7, 2014.
  4. ^ Malbec: Varietal Focus, Winemaker Magazine, July 2012.
  5. ^ Saving Malbec, Saveur Magazine, December, 2015.
  6. ^ Wine trials: The Most In-depth Study of Cultivars Ever Attempted. The Future of Wine Science., "Wine Business Monthly, by Lance Cutler", November, 2015.
  7. ^ To move beyond Malbec, look below the surface, The New York Times, by Eric Asimov, February, 2016.
  8. ^ High Hopes in the Andes, The Economist 1843, December,January 2017.
  9. ^ Rose, Anthony, Interview with Nicolás Catena Zapata, Decanter man of the year 2009,, March 27, 2009.

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