As one of the biggest names in Argentine wine, Catena Zapata’s winery does not disappoint in the Hollywood factor. Designed as a Mayan temple, it is big, bold, pyramid-shaped and definitely stands out among the rows of vines.
Catena has a slick tourism circuit through its showcase winery. Sarting off with a video that gives you the family history and the story of their legacy you then move through the gorgeous barrel room. From there you take a walk up to the top of the pyramid which opens onto a terrace looking over the stunning view of vineyards and mountains.
Owner Nicolas Catena was the pioneer of high-altitude Malbec and one of the pioneers of quality wines in Argentina. Nicolas is still the stuff of Argentine wine legend, and his philanthropist daughter Laura is the head of the new generation of the family and has a big winemaking team with Alejandro Vigil at the head. While Malbec is still their main focus, their Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignons are particularly good too.
Immensely popular with tourists you should definitely book ahead and take it as a chance to stock up on older vintages that are rarely available elsewhere.