Dr. Laura Catena

Dr. Laura Catena is a Harvard and Stanford trained biologist and physician, and she founded the Catena Institute of Wine in Argentina in 1995. The Institute is dedicated to preserving the Malbec variety and to elevating Argentine wine. Dr. Catena is currently managing director of Bodega Catena Zapata (est. 1902) as well as her own Luca winery. In 2017, Bodega Catena Zapata received Argentina’s Extraordinary Winery Award from Parker’s The Wine Advocate, while Vivino’s Wine Style Awards named it the most awarded winery in the world in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Just this year, Drinks International named Catena Zapata the world’s most admired wine brand.

Laura has been called the “face” of Argentine wine and she is the author of Argentina’s definitive wine guide, “Vino Argentino.”  She appeared in Oprah Magazine as one of the world’s top women vintners. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine Magazine, La Nación, Decanter, and The Economist’s 1843 Magazine. Laura’s second book, “Gold in the Vineyards,” features illustrations of the world’s most famous vineyards and was released in English in 2020. Laura has been on the executive board of the UC Davis School of Viticulture and Enology since 2017. She, her husband, and their three children divide their time between Mendoza, Argentina and San Francisco, California.

Future of sustainability reporting to retailers and financial markets – the development of globally standardized metrics

“Sustainability” in the wine industry oscillates between being the most important topic for the future of the industry and a useless buzzword. Key making sustainable wine into something tangible and easy to understand for consumers, buyers, journalists and the industry itself is to cover the whole supply chain in the work, find an industry wide agreement on the most important practices, and including science backed metrics. Erica Landin-Lofving, previously a sustainability focused wine writer out of Sweden and consultant to Systembolaget on sustainability certifications, sits on the steering committee of the newly presented global non-profit Sustainable Wine Roundtable. The SWR has as a goal to create a global agreement that can reduce confusion on sustainability in wine. With several large buyers already signatories of the organization, including Waitrose, Whole Foods, Lidl and the Scandinavian monopolies, it will be an important organization for anyone dealing with international sales. Mrs. Landin-Lofving is also Chief Sustainability Officer of the publicly traded US wine group Vintage Wine Estates (Nasdaq: VWE). The strong interest of the financial markets in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) places different requirements on the company’s structuring and reporting sustainability practices – relevant for any producer dealing with financial institutions in the form of investors, banks or insurance agencies.