So I finally visited Castello di Amorosa.
I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to get to The Castle. Everyone, everywhere is always visiting and talking about this winery. It was about time I stopped in to check it out for myself.
Accessed from Highway 29, the Castello di Amorosa winery is perched atop a steep hill in the Diamond Mountain district near Calistoga.
The hilltop location offers expansive, sweeping valley and mountain views, and the winery itself is quite a unique Napa Valley experience.
Owned by the same proprietor that owns the popular V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, Castello di Amorosa is more than 130,000+ square feet of full-on medieval Italian castle.
It was finally completed in 2007, and while it may technically be new, many of the pieces and accents were imported originals, making for a more authentic medieval castle experience. It’s obvious that every detail was considered over the course of the decades-long planning and building of this 107 room winery.
Castello di Amorosa offers a range of tasting and touring experiences, and we opted for the self-guided tour. That gave us access to the upper floors, rooms and courtyards, but because we were not on the guided tour we missed out on the four stories of rooms, torture chambers and caves below ground.
Ah, well… reason to return in the future, right?
Our self-guided tour included 5 tastings from their list of available wines.
Being the clever people that we are, I selected five whites and my friend selected five reds — then we shared all 10. You, too, may want to try this approach, especially because the wines are only available at the winery. Gotta taste ’em while you can.
One thing to note: Many people and websites recommend this winery as a good one for families, and it is. Kids will find the castle super interesting. Just be aware, it is the tour for which you’re charged (adults and children alike), and the tasting is “complementary”. If that works for you, great. I just wanted to make that known for all you kids, teetotalers and pregnant ladies reading the blog.
Last tip: If you have the means and desire, this would be a wicked venue for a Game of Thrones theme party.
Ice Cube Says:
Chickity-check yo’ self
before you wreck yo’ self.