Castello di Amorosa
A Slice of Medieval Europe in the Napa Valley
Call ahead for an appointment and plan to spend at least two and a half hours immersed in the magic of castles, dungeons, knights in shining armor, and the all-around grandeur of the past, paired with learning about modern winemaking techniques and tasting delicious wines. It’s the perfect blend of fascinating history and a beautiful state-of-the-art winery.
When Dario Sattui Dreams, He Dreams Big!
When Dario Sattui, a fourth generation winemaker and owner of V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena has a dream, he dreams big. Castello di Amorosa is a huge labor of Sattui’s love, which took decades of research and over 14 years to build. It is an authentically styled, 13th century castle (and winery), complete with high walls (it’s eight levels–four above ground and four below ground!), five defensive towers, and over 30 acres of estate vineyards, which are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Primitivo and Sangiovese vines.
The Castello includes 136,000 square feet, 107 rooms, 8,000 tons of hand-squared stone, 900 linear feet of caves, a great hall with two-story Italian frescoes, defensive fortifications, ramparts, a drawbridge and a moat.
The Castello also has a dungeon and torture chamber, secret passageways, courtyards, loggias, a church and stables. There is even an ancient wine press and an outdoor oven for making bread. Chickens and goats roam about outside, just as they would have in the 13th century.
Tour the Castle
Cross the moat and check in at the front desk, where you will be greeted by a friendly, knowledgeable tour guide, who will guide you and the others in your group all through the Castello and Winery. You will venture down through the different levels of the Castello through a rabbit warren of dimly lit passageways, as you learn about the history of the Castello and their winemaking process. You will finish your tour at the tasting bar, where you will experience some of the best wines the Napa Valley has to offer. These wines are only available at the Castello.
Other Delicious Adventures Await You!
If a big group tour isn’t your thing, they offer wine and food pairings, wine and cheese pairings, private tours, and customizable luxury tours. If you are strictly interested in tasting the wines without a tour, no appointment is necessary.
Castello di Amorosa is located at 4045 Saint Helena Highway in Calistoga. They welcome visitors seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. March–October and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November–February. For more information, call (707)967-6272 or visit the website at www.castellodiamorosa.com.