A Bodega Catena Zapata vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina, where malbec is the dominant grape. The Catena family has played a part in enhancing the reputation of malbec wines. Picture: Alamy A Bodega Catena Zapata vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina, where malbec is the dominant grape. The Catena family has played a part in enhancing the reputation of malbec wines. Picture: Alamy
A Bodega Catena Zapata vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina, where malbec is the dominant grape. The Catena family has played a part in enhancing the reputation of malbec wines. Picture: Alamy
Sarah Wong
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Grape & Grain by Sarah Wong

How scion of top Argentina wine family helped malbec earn its reputation for quality

Trained as a physician, Laura Catena felt unable to step away from the family business, and today divides her time between medicine and winemaking. We try three of Bodega Catana Zapata’s wines, all for under US$25 a bottle

A Bodega Catena Zapata vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina, where malbec is the dominant grape. The Catena family has played a part in enhancing the reputation of malbec wines. Picture: Alamy A Bodega Catena Zapata vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina, where malbec is the dominant grape. The Catena family has played a part in enhancing the reputation of malbec wines. Picture: Alamy
A Bodega Catena Zapata vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina, where malbec is the dominant grape. The Catena family has played a part in enhancing the reputation of malbec wines. Picture: Alamy
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Sarah Wong

Sarah Wong

Sarah Wong is a freelance wine writer and judge. Her wine knowledge and expertise have developed through extensive education, tasting and competition judging. She has been a long-standing wine judge for Cathay Pacific Wines and Spirits Challenge and Decanter Asia Wine Awards. Other than wine, Sarah's passion lies in adventure travel, and she can often be found in the mountains of Ethiopia, Pakistan, Kyrygstan and the Himalayas.