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.
The position of the Citari estate is an extremely favourable one, lying in the midst of two renowned D.O.C. areas: Lugana and San Martino della Battaglia. 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. 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.
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. 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.