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Posted 11th July 2019

Catena Hosts Malbec Camp

Wine Portfolio Manager Mathieu Rudelle accompanied Catena wine distributors on a unique journey to Bodega Catena where they immersed themselves in Argentinian culture, admired the pioneering spirit of the family-owned winery, and discovered new developments with the brand.

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Founded in 1902, Argentina’s Bodega Catena Zapata is known for its pioneering role in resurrecting Malbec and discovering extreme high-altitude terroirs in the Andean foothills of Mendoza. Catena’s ultimate goal is to make Argentine wines that can stand with the best of the world.

A major component of Nicolás Catena Zapata's drive to produce world-class wines at Bodega Catena Zapata has been to assemble the right winegrowing and winemaking team. His daughter, Dr. Laura Catena, a biologist who graduated with honors from Harvard University, decided to instill a method of research and study to her oenological practice, which she refers to as "the science of understanding nature." With the help of Catena's Head Winemaker Alejandro Vigil, Fernando Buscema, Catena Institute of Wine Director, and Vineyard Manager Luis Reginato, Laura created the Catena Institute of Wine. Since then, Bodega Catena Zapata has conducted strong research aimed at studying all characteristics of Mendoza vineyards and terroirs.

At the end of April of this year, Wine Portfolio Manager for Stansfeld Scott, Mathieu Rudelle, along with four people from Stansfeld Scott’s distribution network visited Bodega Catena Zapata to complete the “Malbec Camp” -  a unique experience hosted by Catena.

From staying at the beautiful family vacation home, La Vendimia, to learning the history of the Bodega Catena Zapata, Mathieu and his group also discovered more about the Malbec grape, the wine regions of Argentina and the idiosyncrasies involved with high-altitude vine growing and winemaking.

“What I took away from this visit more than anything,” says Mathieu, “is the kindness of the people. At Malbec Camp we learned about Argentinian traditions and took part in various activities such as winery visits, tastings, a cooking class, a meat cutting class, olive oil tastings, and a local dance. It was great to see how the Catena family, which is the pioneer of quality wine in Argentina continues to research, innovate and improve.”

Two new exciting developments for Bodega Catena Zapata worth mentioning are the Argentino Malbec label and Altaland. Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2015 tells the epic tale of the noble Malbec grape like no other and epitomises the Catena family's ten-decade journey to produce an Argentine Malbec that can stand with the great wines of the world. Meanwhile Altaland is an entire new brand that looks beyond Mendoza and is dedicated to highlighting the extraordinary viticultural and cultural diversity of Argentina and its regions. Stansfeld Scott is proudly launching Altaland Patagonia Pinot Noir in the Caribbean.