Mendoza, Argentina
At a Glance
  • Luca wines are Laura Catena’s wines focused on top vineyards in the Uco Valley…most notably in the highest altitudes near Gualtallary and the new appelation of Paraje Altamira.
  • The G Lot wines come from vineyards just above the famed Adrianna vineyard.
  • The winemaker is Estela Perinetti whose family is originally from the Piemonte in Italy and has been making wine in Mendoza since the late 1800s.  She was formerly the winemaker for Gascon and still makes the wines for CARO which is a joint venture between Catena and Lafite.

Laura Catena, daughter of Argentine wine pioneer Nicolás Catena, has a vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. She starts with some of Argentina’s best fruit from low-yield, high elevation vineyards. State-of-the-art winemaking and oak aging (primarily French) elevate the wines to a quality level demanded by true wine connoisseurs. The final varietal blends deliver 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. Her current releases include Syrah, Beso de Dante, Malbec, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.

Luca is named after Laura Catena’s son. The family crest (the McDermott family) that appears in the label’s background is that of Laura’s husband, Dan. Laura is continually inspired by the synthesis of cultures in her own family, and this international inspiration infuses the style and quality of her wines.