TENUTE EMÉRA is the largest of Claudio Quarta's 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. The cellar is an underground structure arranged on three levels, built using a natural altitude drop of 7 meters above sea level and digging for a further 13 meters. The roof of the cellar is completely covered by a lawn that ensures the necessary thermal insulation and contributes strongly to the reduction of energy consumption. Furthermore, all rainwater is collected and conveyed to the phytodepuration plant where papyrus plants recycle water which is reused for the irrigation of a small aromatic vegetable garden and in periods of severe drought also in the vineyards.
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.
A large vineyard close to the sea that extends over a property of about 80 hectares, of which almost 50 are planted in 2007. A poignant beauty welcomes the visitor, who will find the ancient Casino Nitti immersed in the vineyards, which belonged to the first Prime Minister of the post-war Kingdom of Italy, Francesco Saverio Nitti (1919-20).