Nicolás Catena Zapata

decanter wine legend


It was Nicolás Catena who thrust Argentinian wine into the modern era. A widely travelled academic economist, he learned from his exposure in the 1970s both to great Bordeaux and the huge promise of Napa wines. In the early 1980s, Catena agreed the key was to plant the right varieties in the right location, specifically cooler, higher sites.

Decanter Wine Legend

“Nicolás Catena Zapata is justly credited with putting Argentinean wines on the world map—by the best expedient of focusing entirely on quality. It's great to know he has started a wine dynasty, too.”
jancis robinson

Nicolás Catena Zapata - Vintage 2004

“It strikes me as being Argentina’s equivalent of a great vintage of Lafite-Rothschild.”
robert parker

Nicolás Catena Zapata - Vintage 2001

“This wine reminded me of a 2001 claret or a 2001 Napa Valley Cabernet; A beauty.”
stephen tanzer

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  • High-Altitude vineyards since 1902
  • Argentina's first Grand Vin
  • Oldest Argentine family winery still in family hands
  • Ungrafted vines
  • Massale selections of Malbec and Cabernet that no longer exist in Europe

Nicolás Catena Zapata Crus

adrianna cru soil

Adrianna Cru

  • Ungrafted Pre-Phylloxeric Selection
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec
  • Gualtallary, Uco Valley
  • Calcareous soil with gravels
  • 12 hectares
  • Planted in 1992
  • Altitude: 1450 meters a.s.l
adrianna cru soil

Nicasia Cru

  • Ungrafted Malbec Pre-Phylloxeric
  • Malbec and Cabernet Franc
  • Paraje Altamira, Uco Valley
  • Large gravel mixed with sand and loam
  • 9 hectares
  • Planted in 1996
  • Altitude: 1095 meters a.s.l