The new year has started off with a few changes at Bodega Catena Zapata, Argentina's leading winery, and the other wineries that are owned by Nicolás Catena and his family.
To start, Catena Zapata's longtime vineyard director has left to concentrate on his own label. Pedro Marchevsky, who joined the winery (formerly called Bodegas Esmeralda) in 1972, is devoting his time to BenMarco, but will continue to consult for Catena Zapata.
Taking his place as vineyard director is Alejandro Sejanovich, 34, who was Catena Zapata's assistant vineyard manager from 1995 through 1999. He then became head winemaker at Argentina's Luca and Tikal wineries, which are owned, respectively, by Laura and Ernesto Catena, Nicolás' children.
Replacing Sejanovich as winemaker at Luca and Tikal will be Luis Reginato. Reginato, 28, had previously been a consultant for several wineries, including Bodegas La Rural and Bodegas Escorihuela, both also owned by Nicolás Catena.
Marchesvky's wife, winemaker Susana Balbo, also recently left her position as Catena Zapata's European export director, to focus on her own eponymous label. Marchevsky and Balbo now produce their wines at their new winery, which they completed last spring.
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