TENUTE EMÉRA is the largest of Claudio Quarta's four cellars, located in the heart of the DOPs of Manduria and Lizzano in Puglia. The farmhouse-cellar houses the ancient millstones of the early 1900s which, once the recovery in progress is complete, will be used to revive the emotion of the traditional pressing of the grapes with your feet. The name refers to the goddess Hemera, Greek divinity that symbolizes the day: a tribute to the culture of Magna Grecia and a reference to the geographical position of the estates, located in the Salento peninsula, the easternmost edge of Italy that first witnessed the rise of the Sun.
Puglia is a long, thin wine region in the far south-eastern corner of the 'boot' of Italy. Where the north is slightly hillier and more connected to the customs and winemaking practices of central Italy, the south is almost entirely flat and retains a strong connection with its Greco-Roman past. Puglia lends itself to division into three rough viticultural areas, which correspond neatly to its administrative provinces: Foggia in the north, Bari and Taranto in the middle and Brindisi and Lecce in the south.
The "true" Puglia is to be found in the south, below the Brindisi–Taranto line, which traces the southernmost stretch of the Appian Way. Here the wines are made from grape varieties almost unique to the area, while in the north the prevalent grapes are those used all over central and northern Italy. In terms of terroir, Puglia has a formidable array of natural tools to help encourage prolific vine growth. The hot Mediterranean climate, persistent sunshine and occasional sea breezes make for a near-perfect environment for viticulture.
The region’s geology shows a bias towards cretaceous limestone under layers of iron-rich quaternary deposits, most visible in the soils around the Colline Joniche Tarantine hills and near Martina Franca and Locorotondo in the Itria Valley. Source: wine-searcher.com
A large vineyard close to the sea that extends over a property of about 80 hectares, of which almost 50 are planted in 2007. In addition to the indigenous varieties such as Primitivo, Negroamaro and Fiano, international vines such as Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay have been planted, following a rigorous micro-zoning scheme. Here was planted what probably represents the largest biodiversity vineyard in the world, with about 500 varieties of minor vines, mainly of Caucasian and Mediterranean origin. A project launched in collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Milan with the aim of preserving a unique source of biodiversity and continuing to study the characteristics and quality potential of the vines.