|Intro||Argentine vintner and physician|
|Is||Winemaker Sommelier Businessperson Physician|
|From||United States of America|
|Type||Business Food and Drinks Healthcare|
|Birth||1967, Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina|
Laura Catena (born 1967) is a fourth generation Argentine vintner, physician and author.
Catena was born in Mendoza, Argentina in 1967. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1988 and has a Medical Doctor degree from Stanford University. She is currently general director of Bodega Catena Zapata and her own Luca Winery in Mendoza, Argentina, as well as a practicing Pediatric Medicine physician at University of California San Francisco Medical Center in California.
Catena has been called the “face” of Argentine wine for her active role in promoting the Mendoza wine region and Argentine Malbec.
She has been named one of the top 25 wine innovators and she has been an invited speaker at Must Summit, Master of Wine Symposium and the American Society of Wine Educators, Decanter Wine Encounter, the Smithsonian Institution and the Vancouver Playhouse among others. She has also been a guest blogger for eRobertParker.com and The Huffington Post and has been interviewed by Winelibrary.com, The Leonard Lopate show and The Drinks Business and NPR Radio, Here and Now.
In 2010 Laura Catena released her book, Vino Argentino, An Insider's Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina, published by Chronicle Books, which has been reviewed extensively by press in the USA and Internationally. In 2011 she released the Spanish/English and Portuguese/English editions with Argentine publisher Catapulta. Her second book was Oro en los Viñedos (Gold in the Vineyards), a wonderful compilation of the world´s most celebrated vineyards, a Spanish/English edition published by Catapulta in 2017.
The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) was established in 1969 as the first competition to promote and award the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. Laura Catena served as President for its 46th year (2014), acting as an ambassador for IWSC and for fine wine globally.
- Vino Argentino, An Insiders Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina (Chronicle Books - September 2010)
- Vino Argentino – Argentine Wine (Catapulta Editorial – October 2011)
- Argentina chapter in The Business of Wine: An Encyclopedia by Jack Bronstrom and Geralyn Bronstrom (Greenwood Publishing – December 2008)
- Oro en los Viñedos (Catapulta Editorial - December 2017)