There’s a castle in Napa

 

Abby Tegnelia wineries in NapaDon’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.

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I loved the quirky touches like these “jack-o-lanterns” outside.

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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.

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The winery’s gift shop was loaded with fun souvenirs.

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We toured the chilly wine caves, where they do some of the tastings. It was absolutely stunning.

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wineries in Napa

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!

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After our tour was over, we entered into the Great Hall for a tasting to remember.

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Castello di Amorosa fireplace

For more beautiful detail shots of the castle, my friend Andi of Misadventures of Andi published an excellent post.

Castello di Amorosa detail

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.

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Let the party begin!

 Wineries in Napa Castello di Amorosa

 

And my favorite wine (although it was tough to choose):

Castello di Amorosa

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.

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  1. I like Sangiovese too!

  2. Sweetheart, thank you for the awesome shoutouts, you’re way too kind! I LOVE your shots!!! I wish that I had taken more, but I was so exhausted. I definitely want to return to this winery though, it was amazing!!!

  3. Yes, I was quite exhausted by then, too. We were on a tight schedule! It felt too good to relax with the wine to concentrate on taking too many photos!

  4. Looks like a fantastic place to check out and taste some wine. I love Napa! I have now put this castle on my ‘to do’ list for my next trip wine tasting. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love love love Napa and Santa Rosa, such great getaway spots!

  6. Fabulous! I think I’ve been there…everything looks vaguely familar. And, makes me want to go back!

  7. Wow! Have I mentioned before that I adore all things architecture. This would be an amazing experience and I loved living vicariously through you. The torture chamber admittedly would be fascinating to witness. I love that this is close so it’s a possibility to view. Putting it on my list because I had no idea this type of beauty was here in the states.

  8. That was so much more of this place to explore, I think we need to do a “do-over’!!!!

  9. I was there just 2 weeks ago and will be publishing a post about it soon. It really is an impressive place and feels very friendly. I love their Instagram feed!

  10. Abby,
    They wouldn’t let us 360 the torture chamber but did allow one still. I liked the chair so that was my pick http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/california/napa/torture-chamber

    Love the blog and ps found it through google+

  11. Somehow in my four years in Northern California, I did not make it to the castle once!

  12. I’m not sure whether I’m creeped out or impressed by the small details of building this castle. I hope the wine was great!

  13. I visited here as well! Such a great place-was not expecting anything like this in Napa for sure. Great post!

  14. It’s beautiful! And hey, good for him following his (somewhat crazy and over the top) dreams, right?

  15. wow, you got some REALLY nice shots. I always love to see what shots people take during their visits to the castle. Andi got some really good ones too.

    Jeremy
    Napa Hotel

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