Our family winery was founded by an Italian immigrant to Argentina, Nicola Catena, in 1902. He planted his first Malbec at that time seeking to make a wine of substance that would please the large European immigrant wine drinking populations. The following generations have continued to elevate Argentine wine, pioneering everything from high altitude farming, soil studies, preserving pre-phylloxeric Malbec selections and telling the world about our beautiful wines.
My father and I and all the people that work at Catena believe that we can make wines in Mendoza that can stand with the best of the world. It is this vision that gives us the passion to work harder and harder every day. And to look forward to another 100 years of elevating Argentine wine for the generations of wine drinkers to come.
Walking the vineyards.
I am 52 years old, and still live with my father when I am in Mendoza. Every evening we go for a walk and talk about wine and about the future of our family winery. These walks with my father are the best part of my day. And I hope that someday I will be able to do the same with my children, my nieces and nephews and my grandchildren.
When hail or frost hit a vineyard, it can destroy everything. It is hard to believe sometimes that the vineyard will recover, but it always does. It is the life of the farmer, but sometimes it is hard to accept.
Elegant, balanced, distinctive
With a delicious home-made meal in the company of those you love.