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The renowned Catena family began making Alamos in 1993. Its name is derived from the poplar trees that line the high altitude vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina and protect the vineyards from the mountain winds. From the vineyard to the winery, the Alamos wines are made to emphasize varietal fruit character. The cool evening temperatures in Catena's high altitude vineyards allow for prolonged hang time, preserving the fruit's full spectrum of aromas and flavors.

The Alamos winemaking philosophy is to make flavorful, drinkanle wines that preserve each varietal's distinctive arome, flavour and texture. Some of the Alamos wines aquire additional complexity from moderate oak aging. The Alamos winemaking team aims to make wines that are as good as wines twice theri price. Grapes for Alamos are hand harvested to ensure gentle andling. Alamos wines are made at Bodegas Alamos, a state of art facility loated in Vistaflores, Mendoza. The winery is specially designed conic tanks allow for soft, gentle extraction.The Alamos winemaking team is lead by Lucia Vaiaretti,a second generation winemaker and viticulturist, who has been working with the Catena Family for 12 years.

 

In 1902, Nicolas Catena, an Italian immigrant, planted his first vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. The winery has remained under family control — now in its fourth generation — and is one of the few family-owned wine companies in Argentina that remains in Argentine hands. Owned today by Nicolás Catena and his daughter Laura, Bodega Catena Zapata is known as the pioneer of fine wine from Argentina, and Nicolás is recognized as the vintner who revolutionized wine quality in Argentina. Catena wines, first launched in 1992, set a new standard for quality in South America. The wines immediately proved the quality potential of Argentina and garnered the first outstanding reviews for Argentine wines from worldwide media
Nicolas and his daughter Laura, in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high altitude vineyards, has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Mendoza. After more than 20 years, the wines of Catena continue to lead the way in Argentine viticulture and winemaking. The famous wine magazine Decanter has chosen Nicolas Catena Man of the Year 2009, crediting him with changing the direction of Argentina's wine industry.