Castello di Amorosa

Nominated for: BEST Napa Winery

Castello di Amorosa 4045 North Saint Helena Highway Calistoga CA (707) 967-6272

Rising above the hills in the Napa Valley is Castello di Amorosa, which translates to the “castle of love” in Italian. Castello di Amorosa, an authentically-styled, 13th century Tuscan castle winery replete with high walls and five defensive towers and over 30 acres of estate vineyards. It was built over a 15-year period by Dario Sattui, a fourth generation winemaker and owner of V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, California.

The Wall Street Journal cited Castello di Amorosa as a “must-see destination,” and more recently, the Contra Costa Times included Castello di Amorosa as one of the top destination wineries in the country.

After decades of research, planning and studying medieval castles in Italy and Europe, Sattui commenced building in 1994. The Castello evolved to include 141,000 square feet, 107 rooms, (of which 95 are used for winemaking or wine storage) 8,000 tons of hand-squared stone, 8 levels (4 above ground, 4 below) 900 linear feet of caves, a great hall with two-story Italian frescoes, defensive fortifications, ramparts, a drawbridge and a moat. Reminiscent of old world castles, the Castello also has a dungeon and torture chamber, secret passage ways, courtyards, loggias, a church, stables- even an outdoor oven for making breads. Finally, at 12,000 square feet, the wine barrel room is, perhaps, the single most impressive barrel room in the U.S. and is constructed with ancient Roman cross-vaulted ceilings.

The Castello, however, is merely a backdrop to showcase some of the Napa Valley’s best wines. The vineyards surrounding the Castello are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Primitivo and Sangiovese grapes which produce low yields and intensely flavored wines. The internationally acclaimed wines are primarily Italian varieties that pair well with foods from around the world. Currently producing 25,000 cases per year, the Castello’s wines are sold only at the winery, directly to the consumer. Guided tours which include a private tasting are available by appointment and wine tasting needs no appointment.

Castello di Amorosa is located at 4045 Highway 29, just 5.5 miles north of St. Helena on the left. For more information, visit our website, www.castellodiamorosa.com or contact us at 707-967-6272.

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Scott S. on March 5, 2013

Where else in Napa can you drink wine and tour a torture room at the same time???

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David W. on March 2, 2013

Where does one begin praise for a Castle? Castle-obsessed Dario Sattui built Castello di Amorosa from below the ground up. Over 8,000 tons of stone in the form of 107 different rooms on 8 levels, hand-chiseled by stone masons. Glass and ironwork hand-made by artisans. Murals that took years to paint. It is all a grand sight indeed, but would be lost if not for the excellent wine. Never have my wife and I liked so many wines at one winery, but our personal favorites are: Dry, crisp & spicy Gewürtzraminer; slightly buttery Pinor Nero (Noir) and Sangiovese; red Il Brigante, Il Barone (dry Cab Sauv), La Castellana Super Tuscan Blend; balanced Bien Nacido Chardonnay; Buttery, sweet Il Passito Late Harvest Semillon, and sweet La Fantasia sparkling wine. The 2 hour tour (about 75 minutes viewing, 15 minutes barrel tasting, and 30 minutes private tasting) is well worthwhile even at the non-member price.

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Catherine C. on March 15, 2011

Beautiful!!!

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Gabriel R. on February 20, 2011

It takes you back in Time !!

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Kim B. on February 5, 2011

A trip to Renaissance Italy in the Napa Valley. Good wine, too.

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Jaq A. on January 31, 2011

best wine in Napa Valley and the view and grounds are not too bad to look at either.

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