On National Public Radio's Here & Now, host Jeremy Hobson speaks with Laura Catena of BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA about the difficult weather conditions winemakers in Argentina and France have faced over the past year. High levels of rain and cooler-than-average temperatures in South America as well as drought and hail in France has lead to a fall of about 5% in global wine production compared to last year.
When asked about how Bodega Catena Zapata has fared this year, Laura responds, “We had quite a difficult year because it started with some rains and then it was cold, and that resulted in our production being down by about 35%. We’ve had El Nino every couple of years, the last really bad time was in 1998. And this year we had an El Nino phenomenon and that pretty much explains the rains and the cooler climate...the one saving grace was that because it was cold, and even though there was rain and the production was lower, the quality is quite good. That would be the biggest problem—if we had bad quality. That’s what happened in 1998, when we had rot." She emphasizes, "this year, we haven’t had rot,” which speaks to the continued quality that should be expected from the winery even with the difficult vintage.