Claudio Quarta Vignaiolo


Before becoming a winemaker, he signs an operation that is entered in the annals of international finance. Genetic biologist, he began his activity as a researcher which led him to the direction, in 1996, of the Research Center of Gerenzano (VA)

There is a red thread that unites and crosses the three cellars that make up the Claudio Quarta Vignaiolo identity and brand. A thread that feeds on the beauty of the chosen territories, on the traditions that have animated those places for centuries, on the landscapes that surround the production sites recovered from their history.

Research-innovation-modernity, traditions-history-sustainability: the production philosophy of the three Claudio Quarta Vignaiolo wineries runs along this double track.
Claudio and Alessandra, father and daughter, the South in their blood mixed with an international gaze, create in Puglia and Campania three masterpieces of the art of wine, which intertwine autochthony, landscape and art: Tenute Eméra, the largest of the cellars, with its 80 hectares, of which 50 are vineyards, in the heart of the Primitivo di Manduria DOP in Marina di Lizzano, in Puglia, between the two seas; Cantina Sanpaolo, which takes its name from the ancient district of San Paolo di Tufo, in the heart of Irpinia and the small Cantina Moros, in Guagnano (in the province of Lecce, still in Puglia) epicenter of the famous DOP Salice Salentino.

Three wineries, three different territories, a single goal: to produce wines capable of telling "the South that excites".


His oenological history began in 2005 with the decision to abandon the coat and the career of Researcher and Pharmaceutical Entrepreneur in the United States, to take on the role of the winemaker. It is a return to his origins, to the Salento of his childhood, to the ritual of the harvest with his grandparents, but also a tribute to his lifelong passion for great wines.

«Wine is not only what we find in the glass but above all what is behind the glass. It has to do with emotions, with the narration of the hidden, silent and composed work of the peasants who take care of the land and the vineyard in the adverse season and who suffer to the point of tears in the event of a non-benevolent nature but always find the strength to react and rejoice for a subsequent harvest. It is the story of a man who finds a creative and growth stimulus in his relationship with nature. Wine is a story, it is a catalyst for meetings, for collective, economic and social opportunities».


Raised in Como and educated between Philadelphia and Buenos Aires, she finished her studies at Bocconi and imagined a career for herself in the international cooperation sector. However, without taking into account the charm of Southern Italy and the profound rewards that working in the cellar, sooner or later, brings. Alessandra was still very young when in 2012 she fell in love with her father's project and decided to remain at his side, among the rows of native Southern vines. She studied, studied in depth, supported each phase of the production cycle and then made her debut as a producer of a wine that reconciles taste and territory with the themes that have always been dear to her: sustainability, innovation, rediscovery and protection of culture. By purchasing your QU.ALE you contribute to the projects of the non-profit organizations to which part of the proceeds are donated. In 2017, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Antonio De Curtis, aka Totò, he worked to collaborate with the family of the famous actor and dedicate a wine, or rather two, Totò Rosso and Totò Bianco to his memory. He is part of the Board of Directors of " Movimento Turismo del Vino Puglia” since 2020.

In 2023 it stands out among the “40 Under Forty” Wine Industry Leaders for Fortune Italia. Claudio Quarta Vignaiolo srl in 2023 is included among the 50 best wine companies in Italy according to Food&Wine.
Since May 2023 Alessandra leads the company, amidst the turmoil of the markets and the climate, in search of a safe haven in which to continue to flourish. “To survive, the company must not absorb resources from the territory, if not cultural ones, rather it must be capable of generating new resources so that with these the territory can regenerate itself and grow in a sustainable way, finally aware of its own value.”