A Town and (Wine) Country Excursion | Mendoza, Argentina

Bodega Catena Zapata

Bodega Catena Zapata is a family-owned winery located in Lujan de Cuyo, south of Mendoza.  It’s wines have contributing to raising the profile of Argentine as a hub for wine production. The winery was founded in 1902 by Italian immigrant NicoCATENA ZAPATA LOGOla Catena and was passed to his son Domingo. Domingo’s son, Nicolás Catena Zapata  was one of the first to introduce European winemaking techniques to Argentina and pioneered Malbec and vine growing in high altitudes. The winery is best known for its high altitude Malbec, along with its Chardonnays, Cabernets, and Sauvignon wines.

Nicolás Catena was the true pioneer and is still the most important wine personality in Argentina. They are so forward thinking and smart as they are still at the head of quality wines in the country, doing amazing research and never resting on their laurels.


IMG_7385The winery structure is distinguished by its pyramid-like design based on Mayan architecture. Inside, the architectural details give the space a modern cave-like atmosphere, from the wine cellars to the barrel rooms. After a tour of the facility and an explanation of how Catena Zapata wines are produced, we were treated to another wine-tasting event featuring some of the winery’s most popular wines. The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino was one of our favorites. It is more than a single vintage, with a blend of Adrianna and Nicosia Malbec vineyards. For more information on this award-winning winery, go to: Bodega Catena Zapata.

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