It’s no wonder why the Castello di Amorosa in the sleepy town of Calistoga is one of the most adored and visited wineries. The 13th century Tuscan-styled castle was painstakingly replicated by owner and winemaker Dario Sattui, taking more than 14 years to construct.
Italian Cypress trees line the long driveway to the castle where the magic unfolds as one crosses the drawbridge to enter the castle. Sheep and chickens roam the dry moat area surrounding the castle, mingling with visitors.
Castle tours with wine tastings are artfully guided by docents throughout the 107 room medieval castle and grounds.
Detail has been meticulously replicated at every turn by Sattui. Authentic fresco painted ceilings adorn the large meeting rooms and are as impressive as any frescos found in Tuscany.
Castello di Amorosa is also a museum of sorts with suits of armor, a wood mummy-like torture chamber and rooms of aged oak wine barrels.
Wine tastings are held in the wine cellars below the castle and are included in each tour. Castello di Amorosa‘s tasting menu is quite extensive with a good selection of white, rose, red and late harvest wines. Vineyard and wine and food pairing packages are also available. www.castellodiamorosa.com