Castello di Amorosa Winery
Tucked away in the hilltops of northern Napa Valley sits Castello di Amorosa, an authentic Tuscan castle winery that presents visitors with a unique and enjoyable wine tasting opportunity. The castle and winery tour makes for a memorable experience that visitors won’t want to miss on their trip to the wine country. Visitors will enjoy beautifully hand-crafted Italian style wines and unique dessert wines, as well as exquisite architecture and beautiful Napa Valley vineyard views.
Enjoy hand-crafted Italian style wines and unique dessert wines at Castello di Amorosa, an authentically built castle winery in the northern hills of Napa Valley.
Castello di Amorosa opened in April 2007, some 14 years after owner Daryl Sattui first set out to build the winery of his dreams. He is also the owner of V. Sattui, a winery and deli which he opened in 1975 a few miles away in St. Helena, which is a popular picnic stop along Napa Valley’s scenic Highway 29.
Daryl Sattui's passion for medieval architecture and love of all things Italian - including the people, the food, the architecture, and the wines - was the inspiration behind his desire to create a beautiful and authentic environment as a backdrop for showcasing great wines. Visitors to Castello di Amorosa will reap the benefit of Daryl Sattui’s desire to make great wine, to have fun, and to meet interesting people.
Castello di Amorosa (Castle of Love) is an amazing 121,000 square foot stone fortress, complete with guard towers, escape tunnels, a moat, a grand hall with colorful frescoes and massive 500 year old fireplace, family chapels, and a torture chamber furnished with a 15th century iron maiden. The tasting room is located beneath the castle in a two-acre barrel cellar room that features 14 foot high ceilings, 40 crossed vaulted bays in old, handmade brick, and a travertine bar. In all, there are 107 rooms on seven levels.
The beauty, size, and authenticity of the castle is truly impressive. Daryl Sattui’s desire for authenticity dictated the materials used, the workmanship involved, and the attention to details which is evident in all aspects of the building. The construction was performed by local craftsmen who shaped every stone by hand, the old-fashioned way. The castle was built with hundreds of thousand of bricks, many which were imported from European ruins, stone quarried on-site, Italian terra cotta roof tiles, imported chestnut timbers and five-inch thick doors from Italy, and period appropriate metal work.
Castello di Amorosa offers beautifully hand-crafted Italian style wines and unusual dessert wines.
Their wine selection includes Pinot Grigio, Chardonnays, Gewürztraminers (Dry and Sweet), Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Super Tuscan Blends.
Their dessert wines include a Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, their very popular La Fantasía, and a beautiful Muscato called Il Raggio del Sole.
The wines produced by Castello di Amorosa are available for purchase only at the winery or on their website.
The winery also offers a wine club program called "Amici del Barone" (Friends of the Baron) Wine Club. Members are offered special discounts, tour and facility use privileges, priority access to new releases, and an invitation to Members Only Wine Club events.
Tours and Reservations
Tours of the castle and winery are by reservation only. No reservations are required for tasting.
The barrel cellar room features 14 foot high ceilings, 40 crossed vaulted bays in old, handmade brick, and a travertine bar for wine tasting.
The castle/winery tours take approximately two hours. The first half is the walking portion through the castle grounds and rooms followed by a private tasting of the winery’s hand crafted Italian style wines in the barrel cellar beneath the castle.
For families visiting the Napa Valley, the castle is one of the few wineries open to older children. While children of all ages are welcome at the castle when accompanied by a parent, children must be at least 5 years old for tours. At the end of the tour, children are able to enjoy a tasting of grape juice while their parents participate in wine tasting.
An entrance fee per person is charged for the castle/winery tour. There are several tour options, each with their corresponding fees. Tour options: Regular Tour with Tasting, Reserve Tour with Tasting, Tasting Only, Young Adult Tours, Napa Valley Neighbor Program, and Private VIP Tours.
Castello di Amorosa is located at 4045 North Saint Helena Highway, Calistoga, California, 94515. For more information on the winery and castle wine tour, contact the Castaldo (Concierge) at 707.967.6272 or visit the Castello di Amorosa website.
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