Castello di Amorosa
This winery was some thirteen-plus years and nearly $30 million in the making. Daryl Sattui, he of the St. Helena winery V. Sattui, built this authentic-looking, 121,000 square-foot Italian castle on a hillside off Highway 29 just south of the small Napa Valley town of Calistoga. The Los Angeles Times reported that Castello di Amorosa "sports a dry moat, drawbridge, iron-gated entrance, five towers with battlements, a church, a great hall, gargoyles and wrought-iron sconces." The castle has 107 rooms on seven levels--four of which are underground. (edit)

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    User Avatar Gotta see it at least once
    (Posted by: TrevR on 05-22-2007 @ 9:00 AM)

    If you’re looking for a great way to spend a few hours being entertained and educated while sipping a little wine, then a visit to the "castle of love" will be right up your alley. Castello di Amorosa will undoubtedly be a big hit with tourists and anyone looking for a unique place to host an event.

    If you're one who visits the Napa Valley with a thirst for wine and wine-alone, then you should have a specific strategy for Castello di Amorosa. With the massive, gorgeous castle staring us in the face at all times, we found it difficult to concentrate on much else (like the wine). While on the tour we heard others mutter the word "Disneyland" at least three times, indicating to us they no longer felt as though they were in the Napa Valley. Personally, we enjoy a quieter place where we can talk to the winemaker, walk the vineyards and focus on the wine. For the wine enthusiast, we might suggest skipping the tour altogether and heading straight for the tasting room to give the wines a try.

    The bottom line is the castle is a must-see if for nothing other than the sheer amazement of it.




      User Avatar Re: Gotta see it at least once
      (Posted by: tholmes on 03-13-2008 @ 10:46 PM)

      My wife and I recently visited Calistoga for a weekend getaway. We decided to stop at Castello on our way home. First impression was that it was like nothing else in Napa. Along the tour, we were pretty weirded out by the "authentic" dungeon of horrors. Overall, it was interesting, but nothing I'd do again. And the wine, well, it was also nothing I'd do again. At least there was no public flogging the day we visited.







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