Don’t I look right at home in a vineyard? (Yeah, right — I look so awkward. Plus, I was freezing!) Oh, it was so gorgeous though. I could have stayed out there all afternoon. Alas, delicious wines awaited inside… And did I mention the castle? Built by a wealthy medieval architecture nut named Dario Sattui, Castello di Amarosa opened in 2007, 121,000 square feet of sprawling antique brick and cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sangiovese and primitivo vineyards. The tour of this unique property was fascinating, and the wines impressive. Whatever your opinions on this “different” project, I highly recommend going. I had never heard of anything like it! It was definitely one of the most interesting wineries in Napa, that’s for sure.
It’s a beautiful walk up to the castle, which includes a torture chamber, Great Hall and wrought iron gates. The castle grounds include a pond with ducks and sheep.
I loved the quirky touches like these “jack-o-lanterns” outside.
This guy was wild over using only authentic materials, importing almost one million really old bricks from Hapsburg relics and chiseling by hand 8,000 tons of stone.
The winery’s gift shop was loaded with fun souvenirs.
We toured the chilly wine caves, where they do some of the tastings. It was absolutely stunning.
Our high-energy Trafalgar tour director, who had already taken our lively crew through San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury, Chinatown, and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, plus Ravenswood winery in Sonoma and Round Pond Estate in Napa, was never without a joke or face to make us laugh!
After our tour was over, we entered into the Great Hall for a tasting to remember.
For more beautiful detail shots of the castle, my friend Andi of Misadventures of Andi published an excellent post.
And finally, what we’ve all been waiting for, the wines! For some gorgeous shots of our tasting, please visit Andi of My Beautiful Adventures.
Let the party begin!
And my favorite wine (although it was tough to choose):
What are your thoughts on this culmination of one man’s dream of building a castle in Napa?
I toured San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma as a guest of Trafalgar Tours, but all opinions are my own.