With a complex rate exchange for exports making the competition with other wine-exporting countries really difficult, a new institute was released in Mendoza. It will be focused on research, along with CONICET (National Council for Scientific and Technical Research) and the university.
This week, “Catena Institute of Wine” (CIW) was presented, based on the vast experience of Catena Zapata family. These pioneers in the production of great wine in Argentina placed the Research and Development Department in Laura Catena’s hands.
The main goal of Catena Zapata family is “to develop our regions taking them to the First Wine World, producing high-quality wines from unique terroirs”. In order to fulfill this ambitious goal, CIW researchers work together with the most prestigious institutions in the wine world, from the University of California-Davis to CONICET.
Laura Catena (Nicolás Catena Zapata’s daughter) and Fernando Buscema count on a team including agronomist Alejandro Vigil, specialist in soils and today’s one of the most exclusive winemakers in the world. Besides, Vigil is chief winemaker at Catena Zapata and Research and Development director from 2002 to 2007.
At the presentation of Catena Institute, Buscema talked about Adrianna vineyards, owned by Catena family, which they want to turn into “the world’s most studied vineyard”, as this land boasts different kinds of soil. Therefore, the deals with CONICET and UNCUYO are key to this research project.
People of the national wine industry know that this Argentine product is not as famous worldwide as the Argentine football. However, when they are outside the country showing and offering their wines, they realize that Malbec is more widely recognized as Argentina’s icon than tango.