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The essence of the territory is what each of the three Claudio Quarta Estates expresses. Each estate is the interpreter of an enlightened production philosophy and a contemporary vision, employed to rethink the land and its vocations, to live and preserve the millenary traditions and of an entrepreneurial style that takes its first steps from nature and people. Enter an evocative and fascinating enological world, fed on the osmotic relationship with the territories elected, historically linked to the world of winemaking.
There is the Salento of Salice Salentino DOP and that of Primitivo di Manduria DOP, but also the Irpinia of the Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino and Aglianico. Autochthonous is a cultural element even before being a productive one, held in constant dialogue with innovation, from which excellence and uniqueness are born.
Three different cellars, united by a formidable mix of art, landscape, beauty.

Tenute Eméra, Cantina Sanpaolo, Cantina Moros, three wineries, three different territories, a single goal: to produce wines capable of telling the “South that excites”. Wines with a soul – sincere, straight, with a contemporary style attentive to sustainability at every stage of production. Here, technological modernity is used to rediscover the authenticity of the grapes that have made the long history of these territories.

History of a Winemaker

Claudio Quarta a Cantina Moros ispeziona il suo vino.

Claudio Quarta, before becoming a winemaker, signed an operation that is inscribed in the annals of international finance. Formerly a genetic biologist, he began his research activity which led him to the direction, in 1996, of the Research Center of Gerenzano (VA) named Lepetit. In 1995, Marion-Merrel-Dow – the parent company of Lepetit – was acquired and the Research Center was to be closed by the end of 1996. To save the Center, known globally for its excellence in scientific research, Claudio Quarta studies the possibility of transforming it into a pharmaceutical biotechnology company, through a management-buy-out process. Biosearch Italia, this is the name of the Company, was born on the last day of 1996. It obtained the first investment by a Venture Capital in the Bio-Pharmaceutical sector in Italy (July 1998), becoming the very first Biotech Company to go public on the Italian market (July 2000 – New Italian Stock Market). The listing was a great success, but the following year the value of the stock was compromised by the market crisis following September 11th, 2001. This is how Quarta merged with an American partner creating a new company, Vicuron Pharmaceuticals, which was listed on the NASDAQ in New York and, at the same time, on the New Italian Market (March 2003).
Two years later he began his new adventure in the vineyards of Southern Italy: his first creation will be Tenute Eméra, followed shortly thereafter by Cantina Sanpaolo and in 2012 by his third small estate, the boutique Cantina Moros. In the same year, Alessandra fell in love with the wine project and decides to follow in her father’s footsteps, contributing with the same visionary approach to the fulfillment of a great dream.

New Roots

Alessandra studied as a child in Como, then in Philadelphia and in Spain, graduated in Italy at Bocconi Commercial University and had various experiences around the world wondering what to do when grown up. At the age of 23 in fact, her projects were different: she would have dealt with delicate cultural and social issues in areas of the world in difficulty. But she hadn’t come to terms with the magic of Salento in the summer, and the charm, capable of bewitching, that a wine estate knows how to release. Thus, the decision to stay by his father’s side, among the rows of native vines of the South. She studies, deepens, supports his father in every phase of the production cycle and then makes her debut as a producer of a wine that reconciles taste and territory with the themes that have always been dear to her: sustainability and attention to the most needing.

Cantina Sanpaolo

cantina sanpaoloPerched on the apex of a hill, it takes its name from the San Paolo di Tufo village, in Campania, and overlooks Torrioni, small town with ancient agricultural traditions. The area is completely immersed in the greenery of the vines and the woods populated by wolves…

Tenute Eméra

Tenute EméraThe name is inspired by the Greek goddess Hemera, who symbolizes the daylight: a tribute to the culture of Magna Graecia but also to the geographical position of Salento, the easternmost portion of Italy, that first witnesses the sun rising.

Cantina Moros

MorosThe tiny boutique estate dedicated exclusively to the production of a cru, is a jewel of industrial architecture and wine history, born from a refined conservative restoration of an old Apulian factory from the 1950s.

Research and Sustainability

ricerca e sostenibilità

When you have research in your DNA, you never definitively hang your coat, even when a new path in life is embraced. And so, also the “second life” of Claudio Quarta, that of a winemaker, could only be strongly ingrained by a “scientific” approach, oriented towards Research and Sustainability.
All three estates, conceived and designed with the aim of mitigating the environmental impact, are committed to reducing the carbon footprint and optimizing the energy and resources needed. Claudio Quarta, awarded the title of ambassador of the University of Salento, has launched important research projects in collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Milan and the Faculty of Oenology of the University of Salento. At Tenute Eméra, a collection of vines biodiversity was planted, today considered the largest in the world for Mediterranean varieties – with over 500 minor vines. The aim is of preserving a unique source of biodiversity and continuing to study the characteristics and qualitative potential of the vines. In addition, together with other important Italian wineries, he joined forces in the research project “Wine Graft – The new rootstocks“, coordinated by the scientific team of Prof. Attilio Scienza.