Luca was born out of Laura Catena’s vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. She is a pioneer in Mendoza for working closely with small growers to grow very high-quality grapes from some of Argentina’s best old-vine, low-yield, high elevation vineyards. Each varietal delivers power along with complexity and finesse. They are the ultimate expression of rigorous vineyard management, viticultural experimentation, strict irrigation controls, skilled winemaking, and a quest for quality at any cost.
Luca is named after Laura Catena’s first son and it symbolizes her love for her family. The family crest that appears on the label belongs to her husband Dan McDermott’s family.
Around the Winery
Luca makes history with groundbreaking work in cultivating small-grower relations, sourcing premier old-vine Malbec, and mastering non-Malbec varietals.
Laura Catena, Owner
Born in Mendoza, Argentina to a pioneering winemaking family, Laura is relentlessly determined in all that she accomplishes. She has helped her father, Nicolas Catena, build the country’s prominence and influence in the New World wine scene. In addition to Luca and La Posta wines, Laura runs Catena Winery and the Catena Wine Institute while living in San Francisco where she is a mother of three, an ER doctor, and an author.
Luis Reginato, Winemaker
Luis Reginato possesses unique qualities as both a highly regarded viticulturist and a passionate winemaker. Luis is a pioneer winemaker whose family has had strong roots in the Uco Valley since the 1950's. Since he was a child, Luis walked the vineyards with his father and brother Pepe, listening and learning how to treat the people of his country and how to get the vineyards to deliver the highest quality possible.
Check out a recent podcast episode featuring Laura Catena
The Argentine Wine Revolution with Laura Catena | In Search of Flavor with Liz Caskey
Today in episode #21, the passionate, energetic Laura Catena, president of Catena Zapata winery, Luca Wines, and the Catena Institute of Wine in Argentina, joins us for a fun, fast-paced interview. She pulls back the curtain on her family's winemaking story and how they helped put Malbec on the world stage along with her own journey into the business which has seamlessly blended her love of research, terroir, and people.
Warning: may induce the desire to travel to Mendoza, Argentina immediately!!