Castello de Amorosa – Napa Valley
Castello di Amorosa is an Italian castle/winery in Napa Valley or more accurately, Calistoga. When you arrive, your mouth will drop at the beauty. Everything has been authenticated by 4th generation Dario Sattui who owns and operates V. Sattui Winery.
V. Sattui re-created everything you would see in a 13th century Italian Castle including a moat, drawbridge, lookout towers, masonry and ironworks that look like the “real deal” not fake.
Parking is difficult on weekends so better to visit weekdays and come early. If you visit on a weekend, call to make reservations. Be sure to purchase both the tour and tasting ticket. The cost may be a little steep starting at $50 per person but it’s worth it.
Your knowledgeable tour guide will take you through the castle that includes touring their wine cave and (who would believe), their torture chambers. After-all, this is a re-creation of a medieval castle. The wine made here is not sold to retail stores. You can only purchase their wine from the property, hence you get a very unique experience.
After the incredible tour, your guide will take you to their private wine tasting room where you will sample 5 or more different wines. The guide will educate you about each wine and what food pairs (goes with) best with each type of wine.
You don’t need to know anything about wine or wine making. Your tour guide will explain everything you need to know and explain each wine you sample. The wine is excellent and Castello di Amorosa received a score of 95 by Wine Spectator for one of their high-end Cabernet back in 2005.
You need about 3 hours from start to finish to complete your visit. This place will “blow your mind” because there is no other winery like it. Though the wines are good, it’s more about the experience. The architecture is grand, the beauty is phenomenal and the tour will be unforgettable.
It’s like being transported back to medieval times. The artwork in this winery is stunning and artifacts collected by Dario Sattui rivals high end museums like the Getty in LA. Kids are welcome too but they must be at least 5 years old to go on the tour. See website for more details.
Inside Castello de Amorosa – Napa Valley