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With medium acidity and soft tannins that envelope you tamely like the Mendocinos that produce them. This quality is one of the most appreciated in the world of wine and is the reason that French investors came to Argentina; to bet on a variety that was not able to express itself or distinguish itself in the aristocratic soils of Bordeaux.

A rich Malbec competes with better results, against the virtues of a blend of Cabernet-Merlot of the Medoc. Simple varietal Malbecs, with 4 to 5 days of maceration on its skins, wines to be consumed in the year with their rich fruit expression that match well with everyday food. Those superb cellaring Malbecs, matured in oak, that impress the world and those that are the pride of Argentine winemakers. Also it is possible to create intellectual wines for the study, for cigars and for fall gatherings of the style of Port, Passito, Ripasso, Ricioto and Amarone.

Malleable for its participation in noble red wine blends, single vineyard wines of all kinds and blends of Malbecs from various microclimates.

It is also malleable for its reflection of the terroir of Argentina with over miles of distance between the North and the South, an oasis of mountain rivers in the foothills of the Andes mountain range. This red varietal, possesses a distinguished and unique composition of anthocyanins, where it is malvidin that lends the violet purple pigment with red borders, which is stable during the first years of life.

This character distinguishes itself from the rest of the red wines, Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo , with different anthocyanins that are more unstable and rapidly show nuances of copper, ocher, and chocolate. At feet above sea level, the most noble and biggest bodied Malbecs of Argentina are obtained. The synthesis of anthocyanins during the maturity of the grapes needs warm but not hot days. The viticulture in altitude permits us to obtain Malbecs that are more notable. Surely, beside every winery owner, every Argentine winemaker or producer of good Malbec, there is a noble woman that inspires and counsels him in each piece of work on this emblematic varietal.

A great Malbec, tasted in the tranquility of the family table or in the aristocracy of the restaurant, is like an exciting symphony of chords and sensory notes that tranquilize the spirit and predispose an excellent digestion. This wine is a psychic stimulant of intellectual activity; its vivacious character brings returns of optimism, sociability and it is a producer of happiness. We have always understood and compared the great wines as a masterpiece conducted by an excellent director of orchestra, which is the winemaker.

This ampelographic character also impacts the differentiation of fruitful buds of the next harvest, beginning to express through the years, an infertility that does not help the producer, because it lowers the income from the grape production of the vineyard through the appearance of male plants. Also, when you are a doctor, you sense the fragility of life, that you can die at any time, because you see it every day.

Someone went running and arrives dead to hospital because of a heart attack. Or a person is perfectly all right and then is diagnosed with a cancer. On the other hand, the work of a doctor brings you immediate gratification. In a vineyard you have to wait three years to make a wine, from planting the vines to the wine in the bottle.

As a doctor, instead, everything is more immediate. In a pediatric emergency room, you also have the advantage that most of the cases you treat are not serious. When a parent arrives at the hospital, very worried with a child with fever, and you take care of the child and the child recovers, the parent will look at you like he adores you like no one else.

My husband is also a doctor, so he understands. Sometimes, when I have to travel a lot, the kids complain a little bit, but at the same time they see all the energy I put in my work and I think they are proud. Even if he was in a meeting with lawyers or a group of bankers, he always had time for us. My dad always listened to me and that helps, but it was not all that easy either. When you are the daughter of, your mates will inevitably judge you. And in that sense, being a doctor helped me to be more respected and maintain my self-confidence.

I remember when I joined the winery, as I did not know much about wine, somebody I was working with told me to go and work in the marketing area, considering it was a less important issue. But then I found out there is a lot to learn on sales, that it is something you have to study and fortunately, as I always say, I was lucky enough to go to the Catena marketing business school.

Laura Catena: “Argentina is the paradise of wine”

Things are changing. I think it is positive because it facilitates cultural change so that more women can reach leadership positions in companies, although they can take up somewhat absurd stances. Argentina is the paradise of wine. The Andean zone has everything: intense sunlight, high altitude and poor soils.

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I think that, as a country, we have an opportunity. But one of the problems we have today is that when you find the ideal place to plant a vineyard, as it happened to us with Adrianna, the next challenge is how to preserve the soil so that it does not get spoiled. We are now studying how to take care of that ecosystem and the Catena Institute of Wine is working hard on this matter. The Catena Institute was founded in with the mission of using science to preserve nature and culture in Argentina.

Science is there to preserve the Sistine Chapel. The idea is to do something highly scientific. My father is my mentor and my teacher, but at the same time he is a man who always listened to me. When I joined the winery, I had already graduated as a biologist and brought a strong scientific background form Harvard.

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Besides, I had a good command of English which was quite unusual in the winery. I remember that in the mids, my father called me to go with him to the United States because we had been the first South American winery to be invited to participate in The New York Wine Experience. Then you find out this is not very important.


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International fairs are crowded with wine experts from Italy, France, etc who may not speak English perfectly, but convey ideas and talk about their wines quite well. In New York people passed by our stand and never stopped to tasted our wines. They lined up at the stands of the French and Italian wineries. That day I realized that my father needed me because we had a very important job ahead to place Argentine wine abroad. And then I started with the idea of the Catena Institute.


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The idea was that we had to make extraordinary wines, better than those of France or Italy; a tie would not work for us because of the prestige these countries enjoy. With that goal in mind, we started to study the soil, the climate and everything necessary to make the best wines. My theory is that the only way to make a good wine is that you like wine very much. You must dream about it and become jealous of anybody else doing a better job.

I think we already did it. In the last ten years we have made wines that can be aged for that long.

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The problem is that I will not see it myself and hardly my children either. It will remain for my grandchildren or for my youngest nephew. I am convinced that Argentina has everything and sometimes having everything is a problem. As regards wine, we are already working very well as a country and this is an example of things well done.

I am very optimistic by nature and I am sure that in a hundred years we will have great wines. And I am also optimistic about Argentina. Argentineans, in spite of all our problems, have a very high training level. I am convinced that in Argentina people work better than in the United States. Toggle navigation.

Did your family encourage you to travel since you were a child? When Laura joined the winery, somebody told her to go and work in the marketing area. And what are you reading now? How do you combine the life of a doctor and a that of a wine producer?