Castello di Amorosa Day Trip NV F2010
FUN FACT ~ Relive the history as you meander through the vineyards in an 1800s carriage drawn by the sweetest Clydesdales, Leo and Willie.
Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Gewurztraminer, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Muscato Canelli
As you round the last bend in the drive and crest the hill, Castello di Amorosa stands magnificent and solid, the sun on its massive shoulders, a low mist over the moat, as though even the weather contributes to the authenticity of this place. Spanish moss drapes from ancient oaks, native grasses flourish and chickens scuttle through the vineyard rows. Gallantry is alive and well in the Napa Valley. Owner, Dario Sattui, is a lifelong student of medieval architecture and after thirty years of research and dreaming about Castello di Amorosa and fifteen years of construction, he has created an unforgettable, splendid castle that honors his Italian heritage and showcases his exceptional wines like no other place could.
Plan to spend several hours visiting Castello di Amorosa, or “The Castle” as it is affectionately known, exploring the 121,000-square-foot, Tuscan-style, 13th-century fortress. Only then, after marveling at the painstaking placement of every European brick in the high defense ramparts to each brushstroke in the murals of the Great Hall, after walking through the brick labyrinth of wine cellars and absorbing the peace of the quaint chapel where a Latin Mass is held each Sunday at 8:30 a.m.; only then will you begin to understand the passion and sweat and patience it took to build this place.
Castello di Amorosa wines reflect the same attention to detail from vineyard to bottle. The Castle portfolio includes a wide range of old-world Italian style wines including Rosato di Sangiovese, La Castellana, the “Super Tuscan” Blend, Il Barone, a 100% reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscato Canelli, La Fantasia, a special Italian blend, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco and a Red Table Blend as well as Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are available only at the winery. Visit to taste in one of several intimate and intriguing tasting areas or take a tour, well worth the time and the modest fee.
The walking portion of the tour (during which you will see the authentic torture chamber), takes about an hour and tasting is an additional 30-45 minutes. Reservations are suggested. Tours are offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, year-round.
You may also find the Reserve Tour and Chocolate Tasting an appealing option where your guided walk through The Castle concludes with a private sampling of eight wines and a chocolate pairing.
There are additional touring options, blending seminars and private tasting choices including food and wine pairing. Some are exclusive to the wine club so considering joining. This remarkable place is truly a must-see and the wines are memorable, stylistically crafted to complement food.