On the hill of San Martino della Battaglia
lies the Citari estate
A family story
On the hill of San Martino della Battaglia, not far from the tower erected to commemorate the historic battle during the Risorgimento that eventually led to the Unification Italy, lies the Citari estate.
The official date when it was founded is 1975, but its story began quite some time earlier, because it is the story of a passion and a love for the land that has been handed down for generations. It was in fact the grandfather, Francesco Gettuli, who purchased the estate, in an area that he knew well because he had spent time there as a child with his father, a farmer.
He then passed on his dedication to the land to his daughter Giovanna and her family: her husband Ugo Mascini and children Maria Giovanna and Francesco. Today it is especially Francesco who looks after the estate, with the support of his father, a retired surgeon, and the help of some long-standing colleagues: Simone Rigon and his father Bruno, assisted by Francesca Fiorentini.
The microclimate of Lake Garda’s hinterland and its soils that are ideal for high-quality viticulture, combined with a love of tradition and modern winemaking practices, enable Citari to produce wines with a marked goût de terroir and with increasingly pronounced personality.
The grapes and the vineyards
Of the estate’s 25 hectares that stretch out on the south-facing morainic slopes, 21 are planted with the typical vine varieties of this area.
The soils of glacial origin, mixed with calcareous clays rich in mineral salts, are perfect for giving the wines zestiness, fine aromas and appropriate structure, while those containing more limestone provide the wines that come from grapes grown on such terrains with elegance and longevity.
Care for the wine begins here, amid the vine rows managed in a sustainable, environment-friendly manner, where the plants are monitored and the evolution of the grapes is observed on a daily basis. . Harvesting is carried out almost everywhere by hand, going through the vineyard several times and selecting the bunches with great care so as to deliver grapes with just the right degree of ripeness to the winery.
In the winery
Surrounded by vineyards, the winery is equipped with relatively simple modern technology. Careful selection of the right time to pick, harvesting that is mainly manual and the proximity of the winery itself allow us to start processing the grapes straightaway: they undergo soft pressing within an hour of being harvested.
Particular attention is given to the temperatures during every stage of processing: after pressing, the must is chilled and then goes to be fermented in insulated, temperature-controlled vats. During storage, too, the wines are kept in refrigerated rooms.