The head office of the vineyard is located at Junin, about 100 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital Mendoza in the subregion Agrelo in Argentina, The roots of the family empire lie (as well as of Gallo and Mondavi ) in the Italian region Brands, There, Nicola Catena was born the son of vineyard workers and emigrated to Argentina in 1898. Here he placed in 1902 in the province Mendoza his first vineyard with Malbec ( Cot ) and began producing wines for the local market. Son Domingo Catena (+1989) continued the work and enlarged the ownership, so that the company developed into the most successful and largest of Argentina and (next to Peñaflor ) also to the largest wine companies in the world counts. In 2019 the winery landed in the competition World's Best Vineyards (world's best wineries) in 5th place.
Domingos oldest son Nicolás studied business administration and took over 1963 the enterprise. He named him after his grandfathers "Catena Zapata". 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 in 1983, he launched a research project, the best areas of production bez. Micro climate and soil type for European varieties. It became a strict management for the artificial in Argentina indispensable irrigation introduced.
In addition to the sophisticated irrigation, a careful selection of suitable vine Clone from Italy, France and California for the conditions in Mendoza and a consistent return Restriction. These measures brought significant increases in grape quality. The first wines were launched in 1991. Nicolás' daughter Laura joined the company in 1998. In 2001, the architectonic Mayan pyramid-like Tikal winery was opened in the Agrelo zone at the foot of the Andes. The research and development department "Catena Institute" has been managed since 2007 by Fernando Buscema.
The vineyards cover a total of about 500 hectares of vineyards in the province of Mendoza. Their names are Adrianna (after Nicolá's mother), Angélica (after Nicolá's daughter), Domingo (Nicolás father), La Pirámide (architectural style of the winery) and Nicasia (Nicolá's great-grandmother). The most important 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 (Argentinen), as well as Catena Zapata, Catena Alta (vintage wines from old vines) and Catena (international). In about 5,000 barriques The red wines mature two years, the white wines 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 the joint venture in Mendoza Bodegas Caro, Participations exist at the wineries Escorihuela and La Rural.