Laura Catena, of Argentina's Bodega Catena Zapata, explains why her first sip of wine might be considered unconventional, what wine has taught her about life and herself, and who her wine hero is.
The epic tale of the noble Malbec grape is like no other, and the label for Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino pays tribute to the variety’s history in France and its rise in Argentina. Four female figures embody different landmarks in the history of the grape.
Laura Catena teaches you everything you’d need to know about the history of Malbec. Eleanor of Aquitane, Malbec in Bordeaux, evil phylloxera (a real louse), global cooling, Malbec’s resurrection in Argentina, Malbec clones, own-rooted vines vs grafted vines, old world vs new world.
Laura Catena dives into the differences between the wine Argentine wine regions known for extraordinary Malbec. Alluvial soils, high altitude, Maipú, Luján de Cuyo, Valle de Uco, Tupungato, Tunuyán, San Carlos.
Laura Catena continues with an insider’s insight on Argentina’s best Malbec growing regions. Andes mountains, earthquakes, volcanos, Gualtallery, Clay soils in Agrelo, St. Emilion, Graves. High altitude sunlight, cool climate, deep roots, thick skins, higher acidity, ageable wine.
Laura Catena Interviews Jancis Robinson.
The Rebirth of Malbec by Laura Catena.
The Most Studied Vineyard in the World: Adrianna, by Laura Catena.
Vintages 1997-2012. STEPHEN TANZER.
This is the first time in history that a parcel wine from the Adrianna Vineyard gets a perfect score.
Founded in 1902, Argentina’s Bodega Catena Zapata is known for its pioneering role in resurrecting Malbec and in discovering extreme high altitude terroirs in the Andean foothills of Mendoza.
Nicolás Catena Zapata dared to plant wines where no one thought they would ripen. His high-altitude wine revolution culminated in the discovery of a new terroir for wine, the Adrianna Vineyard, at almost 5,000 feet elevation.
The inaugural 1997 vintage of this Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec blend set a new standard of quality for wines from South America when it won a series of blind tastings against first growths and other prestigious cuvées from around the world.
Catena Zapata and Mishiguene meet to compose a symphony of aromas, flavors, music and emotions.
Nicolás Catena Zapata revolutionized Argentine winemaking by planting where no one else dared to plant.
Eugenio Jardim, Sunset Magazine Sommelier of the Year visits the Adrianna Vineyard and the Catena Zapata family in Argentina.
Amanda Barnes interviews Laura Catena as she travels Around the World in 80 Harvests to discover where Malbec came from and where it is going in Argentina.
In this book—part wine primer, part cultural exploration, part introduction to the Argentine lifestyle—discover where to eat, what to see, and how to travel like a local with Laura Catena, the Argentina-born, United States-educated, globetrotting wine star.