Catena Zapata


When Nicolás Catena Zapata decided to plant the Adrianna Vineyard, at almost 5,000 feet, most people thought the grapes would never ripen. As things turned out, he has discovered a site with the characteristics to produce world-class wines. The extremely high altitude allows for slow ripening in a cooler climate This results in fully mature tannins and alcohols around 13%. Studies carried out in the Adrianna vineyard have concluded that the high altitude sunlight is far more intense than at sea level and this encourages the grapes to develop much thicker skins and consequently higher tannin levels.

Others have followed where Catena led and now the Gualtallary wine region is recognised as one of the finest in the country.
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