The landscape of Argentinian wine

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Join us for a deep dive session in Argentina's climate and topography, and how this affects their wine making culture.

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Wine has been made in Argentina since the 16th Century and it holds more massale selection vineyards and ungrafted vines than any country in Europe. These vines are pre-phylloxeric and have been preserved, partly, thanks to Argentina’s economic and political isolation during the 20th Century. The wine regions in the foothills of the Andes mountains are graced with well drained, rocky, limestone and sandy soils, relatively cool climate and permanent sun - the ideal conditions for organic farming and high quality low-yielding vines.

This session, led by WSET Honorary President and Managing Director of Bodega Catena Zapata, Dr. Laura Catena, will cover the climate and topography of Argentina's wine regions and the traditions of organic farming practices.


Dr. Laura Catena, Managing Director, Catena Zapata

Dr. Laura Catena is Managing Director of Catena Zapata winery in Argentina, recently named the World's Best Vineyard. She is a medical doctor and fourth-generation vintner, on a mission to elevate Argentina's reputation as a great wine country. A pioneer in Malbec since 1902, Catena Zapata is the oldest family winery in Argentina. Laura founded The Catena Institute of Wine in 1995 to conduct industry-leading wine research. She has authored three books: Vino Argentino, an insider's travelogue to Argentine wine country with great food and wine pairings; Gold in the Vineyards, and Malbec Mon Amour. She received the Outstanding Achievement Award 2023 by Meininger, and was named Old Vine Hero 2023, by The Old Wine Conference and Woman of the Year 2022, by Drinks Business. She has also been invited to contribute as Fulbright Association Board Member.


This event does not necessarily constitute official WSET course material and should not be used as such.

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