A View from the Castle - Castello di Amorosa

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Incredible views from the castle

Everyone knows this is one of my favorite places to visit in the Napa Valley! This is the "sister" winery of Sattui.  Darryl Sattui built his dream, Castello di Amorosa, which I have watched emerge from the hills in Calistoga for a number of years.  I have several sets of pics on my wine country blog from sneaking up to watch the construction in process when I would visit Napa.  He really put his heart, soul, and retirement into this project.  It's an authentic replica of an Italian castle, except I remember from one of the tours that the moat isn't quite exact since he would've had to have a lifeguard on duty if it was! LOL.

Castle grounds
  I was just here at the castle in November with Liz (Quest) and really wished Brett had been there to see it since its the site of the formal Harvest Ball.  Well, I got my wish! :D

Due to time constraints, we opted not to do the full tour but just the reserve tasting and wander the grounds a bit ourselves.  For Brett living in Europe with "real" castles, this would probably not be as impressive but I still love it!  We walked around a little and listened to one of the tour groups passing by, discussing the various regions of Napa Valley and Mount St. Helena.  After snapping a few shots, we went down to the tasting room which was rather crowded. 

With the reserve tasting, I think we ended up trying 9 different wines, all of which were good.  Last time I was there with Liz, I opted for the red flight only so this was nice to try a few of their whites.

The Beringer House - on Hwy 29 between Calistoga and St Helena
  I had bought their Merlot/Cab blend, Il Brigante, the last time I was there with Liz.  We were going to bring it to the Thanksgiving dinner we were going to but then I got selfish and decided to keep it for me at home. HAHA.   

It was awesome to try their reserve Cab after having the other one the night before at our B&B. After finishing up with our tasting and Brett on the hunt for his magnet, we figured out we could possibly hit one more winery on the way back down - Peju has been highly recommended and we knew they stayed open until 6pm so it was worth a shot!

On the way down the hill headed back towards St Helena, we stopped briefly just so Brett could take a couple pics of the Beringer Winery house.  The historic house (California designed historical site) is one of the oldest wineries in Napa and the house is said to be patterned after a German house on the Rhine Valley.  When Liz and I visited in November, it was decorated for the holidays and beautiful lights on at dusk (see my regular wine country blog for pics).

azsalsa says:
So, did you sip and spit??
Posted on: Feb 05, 2009
Lilliana77 says:
Great pics Erin!!! Love the castle! Didn't know there was one around, so I will keep this in mind :)
Thanks for the info and Congratz on the featured! :D
Posted on: Jan 26, 2009
metsbwd says:
We each tried 11 Wines! 4 Reserves each, and 7 regular. With the ones where we did separate wines and shared...15 wines in total!!!
Posted on: Jan 24, 2009
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Incredible views from the castle
Incredible views from the castle
Castle grounds
Castle grounds
The Beringer House - on Hwy 29 bet…
The Beringer House - on Hwy 29 be…
Castle entry
Castle entry
Ooops, cut part of Bretts face of…
Ooops, cut part of Brett's face o…
Brett at the castle entry
Brett at the castle entry
Napa Valley
Napa Valley
Ooops, a little too much sun!
Ooops, a little too much sun!
View towards Mount St Helena
View towards Mount St Helena
The white building is Sterling Win…
The white building is Sterling Wi…
Mount St Helena
Mount St Helena
One of the dining rooms in the cas…
One of the dining rooms in the ca…
Mural decorations on walls
Mural decorations on walls
Other wall in the dining hall
Other wall in the dining hall
Awwww...us in the dining hall
Awwww...us in the dining hall
wood burning fireplace and pizza o…
wood burning fireplace and pizza …
Pssstt.....Brett!
Pssstt.....Brett!
HAHAHA
HAHAHA
Ok, smile!
Ok, smile!
Whoa....talk about close up!
Whoa....talk about close up!
castle grounds
castle grounds
My honey! :D
My honey! :D
Steel fermentation tanks at the ca…
Steel fermentation tanks at the c…
Just so beautiful!
Just so beautiful!
Like the magnum plus bottles at Sa…
Like the magnum plus bottles at S…
We busted ourselves! LOL
We busted ourselves! LOL
Hee Hee
Hee Hee
The infamous knight of the Knight…
The infamous knight of the Knight…
Brett and his new friend
Brett and his new friend
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