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Castello di Amorosa Winery, Napa Valley, California, USA

Castello di Amorosa Winery, Napa Valley, California, USA

 

Tour Castello di Amorosa a 12th century Tuscan castle-winery where you may taste world-class Napa Valley wines made by a fourth generation winemaking family in a tradition of over 120 years.

 

The Winery: After decades of researching and studying medieval castles throughout Europe, Dario Sattui began his marathon building project in 1993.

 

The 121,000 square foot Castello includes, 107 unique rooms, 8,000 tons of hand-squared stones, 8 levels (4 below ground), 900 feet of caves, a completely hand-painted Great Hall, a drawbridge, moat, dungeon and torture chamber, a consecrated chapel, one of the most impressive wine barrel rooms in the U.S. constructed with ancient brick Roman cross-vaulted ceilings.

 

Yet, the Castle is merely a backdrop to showcase some of Napa Valley’s best wines. The castle produces a tiny 15,000 cases which are sold only at the winery; directly to the customer.

 

The Vineyards and Wines: Castello di Amorosa has 30 acres of vineyards surrounding its great, hand-chiseled walls, gates, and guard towers, planted with Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon which produce low yields and intensely flavored wines. The Castle produces hand-crafted Italian style wines including Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco and a Super Tuscan Blend all made to pair beautifully with food.

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Taken on June 12, 2011