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It's Easy to Love Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA

One of the more popular wine tasting places in Napa Valley is the Castello di Amorosa in the little town of Calistoga. On my first visit to Napa Valley, I went there with family thanks to the wine club membership of my sister. While we were not fully able to explore the castle and vineyard, we had such a good time. Our visit included reserve wine tasting and we had quite a lot of wine to drink.

View of Castello di Amorosa from the vineyard in Calistoga, California, USA
View of Castello di Amorosa from the vineyard in Calistoga, California, USA

Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA

The Castle

Being a Italian medieval castle in America makes Castello di Amorosa a unique tourist draw in Napa Valley. While no real royalty ever lived in the castle, it was constructed using methods of the old world. Just like how real castles were made. According to their informational brochure, the castle was built using the same methods and materials employed 700-800 years ago such as antique bricks from Europe, old materials and furnishings from Europe, and tons of hand-chiseled local stone.

That's me, my brother, and nephew at the drawbridge of Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA
That's me, my brother, and nephew at the drawbridge of Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA

Owned by Dario Sattui, Castello di Amorosa literally means "Castle of Love" in the Italian language. It is a Tuscan castle he built to honor his Italian heritage and a testament for his deep love for medieval architecture.

The Great Hall of Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA
The Great Hall of Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA

The castle is as real as it can get with a moat and drawbridge, a chapel, a great hall, defensive towers, courtyards, stables, a deep well, prison and torture chambers, and of course wine cellars.

The chapel at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA
The chapel at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA

Here are some quick facts about Castello di Amorosa:
  • Type of building: 13th century medieval Tuscan-style castle and winery
  • Actual construction took 15 years to complete
  • 121,000 square feet or 3 acre of rooms
  • 5 defensive towers with battlements
  • 2,000 pound hand-hewn doors from Italy
  • 107 distinctive rooms (95 devoted to winemaking)
  • 8 levels, 4 are underground (castle is 2/3 underground)
  • Doors and windows made by Italian artisans and feature leaded glass in windows
  • More than 200 containers of antique bricks, tiles, doors, windows, and furnishings were brought over from Europe
  • Features include 5 towers, ramparts, 3 courtyards, a Great Hall, a Noble's Apartment, a chapel, a deep well, 2 vaulted loggia's, an outdoor oven, a prison and torture chamber, an armory, a knight's room, wine aging cellars, tasting rooms, and beautiful brick vaulted ceilings.

One of the courtyards at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA
One of the courtyards at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA

Wine Tasting at Castello di Amorosa

As I already mentioned earlier in the post, our visit included a complimentary reserve wine tasting big thanks to my sister's wine club membership at Castello di Amorosa. My sister has a preferred wine associate that goes by Vincenzo, quite a bubbly guy of Italian descent. It wasn't hard to like the guy as he was not only bubbly but also lively, amiable, and possesses a good sense of humor.

Our ticket to the reserve wine tasting at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA
Our ticket to the reserve wine tasting at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA
Being a wine club member, my sister is a frequent visitor to Castello di Amorosa. The last time she visited though have been a few months ago. And Vincenzo was just too excited to see her again. She's brought in lots of visitors to the castle and for sure she's been quite a boon to their wine sales over the years. One could understand Vincenzo's excitement.

Wine tasting at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA
Wine tasting at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA
I'd say they give my sister preferential treatment when she visits. Usually, there are certain limits to wine tasting. The limit is more or less about 6 glasses but we were allowed to taste way more than that limit. I'm pretty sure we each drank more than 10 glasses of wine in about an hour or two. We were buzzed when we were done. Some wines are also not served to everybody specially the reserved ones. But we had about 3 or 4 glasses of those premium wines.

As far as I remember, we tasted Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Il Barone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Il Passito Reserve Late Harvest, Merlot, Sangiovese, Dolcino Gewurtztraminer, and Sinalunga. 

The Vineyard at Castello di Amorosa

The views going into Castello di Amorosa were fabulous and refreshing. The road leading to the castle is lined with well-trimmed Italian cypress trees. 

Italian cypress trees line the road leading to Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA
Italian cypress trees line the road leading to Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA

While the vast expanse of the vineyard is planted with rows and rows of grape plants. It was already autumn when we visited and the yellow hue of withering leaves were a lovely sight.

The vineyard at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA
The vineyard at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA

More Information About Castello di Amorosa

Street Address: 4045 Saint Helena Highway, Calistoga, California, USA 94515
Telephone Number: (707) 967 6272
Facebook Page: Castello di Amorosa
Twitter: @TheCastello
Business Hours:
  • 9:30 to 6 p.m. (March to October)
  • 9:30 to 5 p.m. (November to February)

Tour fees at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA
Tour fees at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California, USA


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Brothers Janus and Thadz document their travels around the United States and occasionally around the world.

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