Managing director of Bodega Catena Zapata, founder of Luca Winery and author
Dr. Laura Catena is a Harvard and Stanford trained biologist and physician, and she founded the Catena Institute of Wine in Argentina in 1995. The Institute is dedicated to preserving the Malbec variety and to elevating Argentine wine. Dr. Catena is currently managing director of Bodega Catena Zapata (est. 1902) as well as her own Luca winery. In 2017, Bodega Catena Zapata received Argentina’s Extraordinary Winery Award from Parker’s The Wine Advocate, while Vivino’s Wine Style Awards named it the most awarded winery in the world in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Just this year, Drinks International named Catena Zapata the world’s most admired wine brand. Laura has been called the “face” of Argentine wine and she is the author of Argentina’s definitive wine guide, “Vino Argentino.” She appeared in Oprah Magazine as one of the world’s top women vintners. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine Magazine, La Nación, Decanter, and The Economist’s 1843 Magazine. Laura’s second book, “Gold in the Vineyards,” features illustrations of the world’s most famous vineyards and was released in English in 2020. Laura has been on the executive board of the UC Davis School of Viticulture and Enology since 2017. She, her husband, and their three children divide their time between Mendoza, Argentina and San Francisco, California.
"How Italian immigrants spread La Dolce Vita around the world"
Dr. Laura Catena is the great-granddaughter of Nicola Catena, who emigrated from the Marche region of Italy to Argentina in 1898. Dr. Catena invites a group of women in the wine world to explore how their Italian roots and ancestors have informed and influenced their wine journey in the New World.