Nicolás Catena: Innovation through technology is finished

11th May, 2017 by Natalie Wang

Nicolás Catena Zapata, the patriarch of Argentina’s Catena Zapata, believes that the era of innovation through technology-driven winemaking is over, upended by pursuit of terroir.

“Winemaking technology has been globalised and today everybody knows everything. I think that the topic of innovation through technology is finished. Today the topic is terroir, that’s my absolute belief,” the dynamic winemaker declared when speaking to dbHK during his recent trip to Hong Kong.

“We have lived through two periods – technology, or human factor period, but after that, if you want to improve your wine, you have to discover terroir, your vineyards, the parcels in the vineyards,” he continued, something that the winemaker has learned from his peers in Bordeaux and Burgundy.

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One Response to “Nicolás Catena: Innovation through technology is finished”

  1. Paul Skinner says:

    We planted Malbec at 1200 m in north east China’s Hebei province in 2009 and it has not done well. The Syrah we planted in 2009 was named the Best Red Wine in China this year by Bettane+Desseauve at the Le Grand Tasting Shanghai. See article in the March 2017 issue of Wine Business Monthly entitled: Chinese Vineyard Project Posed Challenges, Broke Tradition to Produce Success.
    Interestingly Marselan, which is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache also does well in this area.

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