Castello di Amorosa

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4045 Saint Helena Highway, Napa Valley, USA

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mdfehmel mdfehmel
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Awesome Vineyard Tour in Napa Valley, CA Dec 21, 2016
On a recent 4-day weekend to San Francisco, my wife and I decided that we would rent a car for the day and visit Napa Valley. About one hour's drive north out of San Fran (not including the recommended side trip to Muir Woods along the way - see separate review), Napa Valley is pretty much a 30 mile stretch of one road running north to south from Calistoga down to Napa. Along this road are literally TONS of different vineyards, some with very recognizable names and other small, boutique brands. Trying to make the most of our time, we asked the concierge at our hotel (the Park Hyatt San Francisco on Union Square - see separate review) as to their recommendation for a tour. They suggested Castello di Amorosa ("CdA) as the best in the area. Since it was pretty much the last one at the northern tip of Napa Valley, we got to drive the full length of the road and make a couple quick stops at a couple of the more famous companies, such as Sutter Home and Beringer. As we approached CdA we were completely impressed by the imposing structure. Built to resemble a Tuscan castle, the builder spares no expense and pulled every stop in order to make the castle as authentic looking as possible. From importing recycled old Italian stone to using ancient engineering and architectural techniques, CdA has all of the feel and look of an actual medieval castle. To all of our European friends out there, I understand that you are used to seeing these, but in the U.S. the oldest buildings that we will see are located on the east coast and are usually circa the 1700s at the oldest. Therefore, this replica draws quite a crowd. We also have to keep in mind that this is a real operating vineyard. In addition to the beautiful architecture and the oohing and ahing that this was just built in that last few years, they also make a pretty good wine. The tour includes the actual wine production process. The show you the machines that are used to press the grapes all the way to the aging barrels in the basement. And - of course - like any good tour, your experience ends with a very generous tasting. If you're just popping through like I did then I would highly recommend this as your one tour - Beringer would be a back-up. Most of these places DO require reservations so make sure you plan ahead. If you are staying in the Napa area, make sure you either use a designated driver or hire one of the MANY car services in the area that specifically cater to wine hopping tourists.
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