Bodega Catena Zapata Description
Bodega Catena Zapata, a beacon of viticultural excellence, is nestled in the picturesque landscape of Mendoza, Argentina. This renowned winery, established in 1902 by Nicola Catena, has been a family-operated entity for over a century. Its legacy, deeply rooted in the rich soil of Mendoza, continues to flourish under the stewardship of the Catena family.
The winery itself, an architectural marvel, is situated in Agrelo, within the Luján de Cuyo region. Its design, inspired by Mayan pyramids, reflects the winery’s commitment to both tradition and innovation. The vineyards of Catena Zapata are spread across six distinct locations – Adrianna Vineyard, Catena Zapata, Angelica Zapata, DV Catena, Saint Felicien, and Nicasia Vineyards. These vineyards span the sub-regions of Lujan de Cuyo, Tupungato, and San Carlos, with altitudes ranging from 3000 to 4750 feet. This varied elevation plays a crucial role in the development of the grapes’ complex flavors and aromas.
At Catena Zapata, farming practices are meticulously tailored to the unique microclimates and soil profiles of each vineyard. The Catena family has pioneered high-altitude viticulture, understanding that the intense sunlight and cool nights at these elevations create a distinctively bold yet balanced fruit profile. These practices are a testament to the winery’s unwavering commitment to quality and sustainability.
The wines produced by Catena Zapata are a reflection of their terroir and the family’s winemaking philosophy. Under the labels Catena Zapata Nicolas, Nicolas Catena Zapata, and Catena Nicolas, the winery offers an array of prestigious wines. These include the signature Nicolas Catena Zapata, a blend that showcases the depth and elegance of Argentine winemaking. The Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata, another standout, exemplifies the winery’s ability to create wines that are both powerful and refined.
Their portfolio extends to a diverse range of varietals and blends. The Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec, Fortuna Terrae Malbec, and River Malbec are exemplary expressions of the Malbec grape, each offering a unique interpretation of this Argentine staple. The White Bones Chardonnay and White Stones Chardonnay exhibit the versatility and finesse of Catena’s white wine production. Other notable wines include the Estiba Reservada, Malbec Argentino, and the Nicola Catena, a tribute to the founder.
The Catena Alta series, encompassing Malbec Alta, Cabernet Franc Alta, Cabernet Sauvignon Alta, Merlot Alta, and Chardonnay Alta, further showcases the winery’s dedication to producing high-elevation wines of exceptional quality. The Malbec Adrianna Vineyard and Malbec Nicasia Vineyard are single-vineyard expressions that capture the essence of their respective terroirs.
Beyond these, Catena Zapata’s range includes the Cabernet La Pirámide Vineyard, a variety of dual-varietal wines like Cabernet – Malbec and Chardonnay – Chardonnay, and other unique offerings such as Nature, Grapa, and Aceite de Oliva. Their exploration of different varietals extends to Sangiovese, Bonarda, Cabernet – Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and the barrel-fermented Chardonnay.
Catena Zapata’s dedication to quality extends to their other brands as well, such as Alamos, which blends estate-grown and sourced grapes from Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco, and Pasarisa, featuring grapes from Salta. Each brand under the Catena umbrella is a testament to the family’s commitment to excellence and innovation in Argentine winemaking.
In essence, Bodega Catena Zapata, through its rich portfolio of wines, including the esteemed Nicolas Zapata wine and Zapata Nicolas, captures the spirit and essence of Argentine viticulture. The winery’s focus on high-altitude farming, sustainable practices, and a deep understanding of terroir ensures that each bottle from Catena Zapata is not just a drink, but a narrative of Argentine wine history.
- Rated 1.60 out of 5(6 reviews)12.60% /
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