After our adventure in Muir Woods and Point Reyes, today was all about wine, cheese and getting to Yosemite National Park. We stayed at an AirBnb in Santa Rosa, which was about 1h and a half drive to Napa Valley castle, Castello di Amorosa.
Once we woke up, we asked our host for the best diner around to get some breakfast. Usually I am not a breakfast person but in US you can’t stay away from it! On this road trip, breakfast became my favorite part of the day! After we stuffed ourselves to death with eggs, bacon and pancakes, we drove to Castello di Amorosa. Here we had another feast waiting, our wine tasting with cheese pairing.
After researching which winery to choose, this Napa Valley castle really stood up. Not to mention that it looks amazing! What makes it unique and secures a spot in Napa Valley’s top wineries is that it’s both an authentic 13th century castle and a winery. The Castello, Napa Valley castle, is Dario Sattui’s baby! His passion to medieval architecture and wine, made him purchase a 171 acre vineyard in 1993 and began the construction of the castle in 1994. Here you can find the ups and downs of the construction in Dario’s words, and his joy when the castle opened it’s gates to the public in 2007.
We were a little bit late for the tour, but they were very accommodating and we catched up with the other 6 persons. The guide was very nice. In the few minutes that we had free time for pictures, he was bringing us up to speed with the information that we lost in the beginning of the tour. The wine tasting tours are informative and fun! Not to mention that it will take you throughout the 121.000 square-foot castle and its 107 rooms. The size is impressive on its own, but the quality of the wine is what adds to this winery’s fame. Castello Di Amorosa wine is exquisite! It’s Italian style flavors, and the special tour options creates an incredible wine tasting experience.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and it was amazing for me to learn more about the actual process of fermentation. From there, my next favorite part was under the castle. Here is where you will be constantly flanked by wine barrels in every spot they have. The barrels are from trees at least 150 years old, imported from France. Moreover they use the barrels only once or twice before they are selling them. The castle armory is where you can find a lot of old medieval pieces of armor. These were either made for the castle or imported from Europe. You can even find a torture chamber featuring a bunch of creepy torture devices from back in the day. As I said, a very entertaining tour!
For your guided tour at Castello di Amorosa, I would suggest to have a look here, on their website and choose the one that fits you best. Call and reserve your spot a couple of days before your tour. Tours are about 2h length and include the walking tour of the castle. The guide is telling you how it was build from scratch and the story of different interior pieces. The walking tour is followed by a private tasting of their handcrafted Italian-style wines.
After the tour, since we arrived a little bit late, we stayed and walked around the property taking photos of the beautiful castle. We visited on a weekday, and there was still lots of people exploring the area. So, I wouldn’t be surprised that it would get crazy busy during weekends. Which is why it is important to book a tour in advance. But even if you don’t have time for the tour, you can still walk around the property grounds and taste their wines. So it’s a fun place to spend some quality time with the whole family!
We had a great time at this Napa Valley castle. Hands down to the nicest and attentive staff. We felt like royalty within these castle walls! I would love to hear what you think in the comments below.
If you came here as part of your San Francisco trip, check the following posts to find more things to do in the windy city:
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