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Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa Review

Possibly the most astounding sight in Napa Valley is the Castello di Amorosa, built to resemble a medieval castle, complete with drawbridge and moat, chapel, stables, and secret passageways. Some of the 107 rooms contain replicas of 13th-century frescoes (cheekily signed .com), and the dungeon has an actual iron maiden from Nuremberg, Germany. You must pay for the tour ($33 or $49, depending on the wine you taste) to see the most of Dario Sattui's extensive eight-level property, though basic tastings ($18 or $28) include access to a small portion of the complex. All include a sample of several Italian-style wines, including a "super Tuscan," a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon that has more heft than your average Italian red.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 4045 N. St. Helena Hwy./Hwy. 29, Calistoga, CA 94515 | Map It
  • Phone: 707/967–6272
  • Cost: Tastings $18–$28, tours $33–$49
  • Hours: Mar.–Oct., daily 9:30–6; Nov.–Feb., daily 9:30–5; tour by appointment
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  • Location: Calistoga
Updated: 03-04-2013

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