At heart, Catena is a story about family. Family who poured their lives, passion and spirit into transforming scrub-laden desert into some of the most beautiful and unique vineyards in the world. Family that passed their knowledge from generation to generation, blending collective memory with state-of-the-art science from the new world of viticulture. Family who, through risk-taking, faith and a little luck, transformed their treasured Mendoza terroir into the fountainhead of the award-winning wines that carry the Catena name.
Catena was founded by Nicola Catena, who escaped famine in Europe by sailing from Italy to Argentina in 1898. Believing he had found the proverbial Promised Land in Mendoza, Nicola planted his first Malbec vineyard in 1902. Nicola's winemaking dream later passed to his son, Domingo, who developed the family winery into one of Mendoza's largest vineyard holders. By the 1960s however, Catena was struggling. The Argentine economy was in shambles and inflation rates soared. This is when Domingo's son Nicolas, a recent PhD graduate in Economics, took the reins of the family vineyards and wineries.