Top 100 Wineries: Catena Zapata


The Catena Zapata is the next winery on our stop of our trip through the top 100 wineries in the world.  This winery is found in Argentina.  The current owner took over the reigns of the business his family started back in the 1960s and began working to cultivate the desert into usable land to grow grapes and produce some of the best wines in the world.

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"Taking the reigns of the family vineyards and wineries in the mid 1960s, he concentrated on expanding distribution throughout Argentina during years of turmoil in the 1970s. But in the early 1980s, Nicolás left Argentina to become a visiting professor of economics at the University of California, on the world-renowned campus at Berkeley. The political and economic situation in Argentina was difficult, with a military government that had just declared war on the United Kingdom and inflation rates of more than 1000 per cent per year.California, and especially Napa Valley were an inspiration to Nicolás and his wife Elena, who spent weekends visiting the area with their youngest daughter Adrianna in a backpack. Until that time, no one in the new world had dreamed of rivaling France. – Catena Zapata"

This winery offers a number of wines to be tasted.  Some are available throughout the world and others are only available in Argentina.  Here is a quick look at what wines are where.

There are three labels of wines that are available in the world.  Catena Zapata, Catena Alta, and Catena.  In the Catena Zapata label there are 4 wines available.  Nicholas Catena Zapata, Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino, Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard, and the Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard.

Of the Catena Alta Label there are 3 wines available.  They are the Malbec, Chardonnay and the Cabernet Sauvingnon.  The Catena label has the exact same wines available as the Catena Alta Label.

The wines that can only be found in Argentina have four labels that can be found.  The Catena Zapata is the first label and has two wines; the Catena Zapata Estiba Reservada and the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino.

The Angelica Zapata feature five wines; Malbec Alta, Cabernet Sauvingnon Alta, Cabernet Franc Alta, Chardonnay Alta and the Merlot Alta.

The D.V. Catena features 8 wines under the label.  These are the Malbec Malbec, Cabernet Cabernet, Syrah Syrah, Cabernet Malbec, Malbec Adrianna Vineyard, Malbec Nicasia Vineyard, Chardonnay Chardonnay, and the Nature.

Under the Saint Felician label there are 9 wines featured.  These wines include the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Chardonnay Fermented, Semillon Doux, Nature, Sauvignon Blanc, Tributo.

Each one of these labels both around the world and only in Argentina feature many different vintage years of each of these wines that were covered.  There is a lot to try and if you don’t like one, I am sure that there will be one that you can find.