Luis Reginato is a third generation winemaker and viticulturist who has been working with Nicolas and Laura Catena since he graduated from Agricultural Engineering school in Mendoza in 1999. Today Luis is Vineyard Director for the Catena Zapata family vineyards and an active participant in the Catena Institute's viticultural studies, which focus on high altitude, cool climate wine-growing. Luis’ winemaking talents run in his blood. His grandparents came to Argentina from the Veneto and Marche regions of Italy and settled in La Consulta in the southernmost part of the Uco Valley in 1907, where they took advantage of its abundant farming opportunities. Luis’ grandfather was a barrel maker and viticulturist, and his father Jose and brother Pepe also grew up in the wine business and today they are well known in Mendoza for the elegant sparkling wines that they produce at their family winery.
Luis has a keen interest in the deep technical and artisanal sides of viticulture and winemaking. He has thrived working at Catena and has honed his skills over the last 20 years. Alongside Laura and her father Nicolas Catena, Luis is committed to studying the Argentine wine terroir. Luis has been an integral part of the work the Catena family has done over the last 20 years to advance the Mendoza region. Most recently, Luis was responsible for working with the Catena Institute to create a Sustainability Certification for Argentina and to provide the scientific basis for establishing Paraje Altamira, Gualtallary and Los Chacayes new formal appellations in the Uco Valley of Mendoza. Luis is responsible for planting many of the Catena family’s high altitude vineyards over the last 15 years and he has worked closely with Laura Catena on sourcing old vines from the Uco Valley for the Luca wines.