The headquarters of the winery is located at Junin, about 100 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital Mendoza in the Agrelo sub-region Argentina, The roots of the family empire lie (as well as from Gallo and Mondavi ) in the Italian region Brands, Nicola Catena was born there to vineyard workers and emigrated to Argentina in 1898. Here he placed in the province in 1902 Mendoza his first vineyard with Malbec ( Cot ) and started producing wines for the local market. Son Domingo Catena (+1989) continued the work and enlarged the property, so that the company became the most successful and largest in Argentina and (besides Peñaflor ) also to the largest wine companies in the world counts. The winery landed in the competition in 2019 World's Best Vineyards (world's best wineries) in 5th place.
Domingo's eldest son Nicolás studied business administration and took over the business in 1963. He named it "Catena Zapata" after his grandfathers. In 1982 he was a visiting professor at the Institute of Agricultural Economics at the University of California active. There he was visited by Mondavi in the Napa Valley motivated to practice quality-oriented viticulture. After returning to Argentina, he started a research project in 1983 to determine the best growing areas. Micro climate and soil type for European varieties. It became a strict management for the artificial artificial indispensable in Argentina irrigation introduced.
In addition to the sophisticated irrigation, there was a careful selection of suitable vine Clone from Italy, France and California for the conditions in Mendoza and a consequent return Restriction. These measures brought significant increases in the quality of the grapes. The first wines were launched in 1991. Nicolás' daughter Laura joined the company in 1998. In 2001, the Tikal winery, architecturally similar to a Mayan pyramid, was opened in the Agrelo zone at the foot of the Andes. The research and development department "Catena Institute" has been headed by Fernando Buscema since 2007.
The vineyards cover a total of around 500 hectares of vineyards in the province of Mendoza. They are called Adrianna (after Nicolás mother), Angélica (after Nicolás daughter), Domingo (Nicolás father), La Pirámide (architectural style of the winery) and Nicasia (Nicolás great grandmother). The main varieties are Chardonnay, as well as the red varieties Malbec ( Cot ) Cabernet Sauvignon. Pinot Noir. Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, The wines are produced under the brand names Angélica Zapata, Catena Zapata, DV Catena, Saint Felicien and Nicasia Vineyards (Argentina), as well as Catena Zapata, Catena Alta (layered wines from old vines) and Catena (international). In around 5,000 barriques the red wines mature for two years, the white wines for up to twelve months. Laura Catena has been producing her own wines under the Luca brand since 1999. With the French company Domaines Barons de Rothschild SA there is a joint venture in Mendoza Bodegas Caro, There are investments in the Escorihuela and La Rural wineries.