In 1997 Laura, a Harvard and Stanford trained Biologist and Physician, joined Bodega Catena Zapata as Research Director. In 1999 Laura Catena founded LUCA WINERY to explore the quality potential of small OLD VINE family owned vineyards in the Uco Valley region of Mendoza.

Luca is named after Laura Catena’s first son and it symbolizes her love for her family. The family crest that appears on the label belongs to her husband Dan McDermott’s family.