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Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa Review

An astounding medieval structure complete with drawbridge and moat, chapel, stables, and secret passageways, the Castello commands Diamond Mountain's lower eastern slope. Some of the 107 rooms contain replicas of 13th-century frescoes (cheekily signed [the-artist's-name].com), and the dungeon has an actual iron maiden from Nuremberg, Germany. You must pay for a tour to see most of Dario Sattui's extensive eight-level property, though basic tastings include access to part of the complex. Wines of note include several Italian-style wines, including La Castellana, a robust "super Tuscan" blend of cabernet sauvignon, Sangiovese, and merlot; and Il Barone, a praiseworthy cab made largely from Diamond Mountain grapes. The two-hour food-and-wine pairing ($72) by sommelier Mary Davidek is among the Wine Country's best.

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  • Address: 4045 N. St. Helena Hwy./Hwy. 29, Calistoga, CA, 94515 | Map It
  • Phone: 707/967–6272
  • Cost: Tastings $19–$29, tours $34–$44
  • Hours: Mar.–Oct., daily 9:30–6; Nov.–Feb., daily 9:30–5; tours and food-wine pairing by appointment
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  • Location: Calistoga
Updated: 05-01-2014

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