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Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building

How Science Can Preserve the Ancient Art of Winemaking

Is winemaking art or science? Do we have a responsibility to preserve ancient winemaking practices, native varieties, and vineyards and wines known for their distinctive flavors? Join us for an evening with vintner, physician and author Laura Catena, whose family has been making wine in Argentina for over one hundred years. Catena will share her story of practicing medicine in the United States to making wine from her family’s Andean vineyards—and examine how science helps winemakers overcome the threats of climate change, water shortage, and agricultural pests to preserve this ancient beverage.


6:30-7:00 p.m.: Public Reception

7:00-8:00 p.m.: How Science Can Preserve the Ancient Art of Winemaking

  • Laura Catena, founder, Catena Institute of Wine; Director, Bodega Catena Zapata

Laura Catena is the founder of the Catena Institute of Wine in Argentina, and the managing director of Bodega Catena Zapata. Bodega Catena Zapata was named most awarded winery in the world by Vivino’s Wine Style Awards 2018. Catena is author of Argentina’s definitive wine guide, Vino Argentino. She currently serves on the Executive Leadership Board of the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine Magazine, La Nación, Decanter and The Economist 1843 Magazine


  • General Public: $10.00
  • Students: $5.00/ID required
  • Coupon Code for students: UNUZJDOSAY


This event is part of the Wine Klenz Wine Business Speakers series, which brings leading figures in the domestic and international wine business to the Robert Mondavi Institute for evenings of talks, insights, and unique perspectives about the wine industry.


Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, Silverado Vineyard Sensory Theater

Parking: $9

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Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building