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Castello di Amorosa

4045 North St. Helena Hwy.
Calistoga, CA 94515
707 967-6272

Tasting:   Open daily 9:30 to 4:30 pm
Tasting fee $10 & $20 for reserve
10% case discount
  Tours by Appointment
Regular tours ($25 to $30) and tasting programs
  Medieval Castle, Drawbridge, Courtyards, Dungeon, Towers etc.
Price Range:   $19 to $75 per bottle
Established:   2007
Vineyards:   40 acres
VIP Tasting:   Yes
Winery Dog:   Lupo

Castello di Amorosa Description

Thirteen years of work by hundreds of craftsmen, $30 million, and the dream of a well-known Napa Valley eccentric have created a full-size Italian-themed winery fortress overlooking Calistoga and the northern Napa Valley. Longtime Napa winery entrepreneur and medieval architecture aficionado Daryl Sattui has outdone even himself with this monumental project that has raised the bar for new destination wineries.

The castle is a meticulously built 120,000-square-foot edifice with 107 rooms on seven levels. There are guard towers, escape tunnels, a dry moat, a fully outfitted dungeon, a labyrinth of cellars, barrel rooms, a church, five towers with battlements and a 2,000-square-foot great hall, complete with lavishly painted frescoes.

The tasting room is downstairs in a spacious vaulted area with a grand stone tasting bar. The wines lean toward Italian varietals but also include popular Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals made with predominantly Napa Valley fruit. Wines are available only at the winery or through their website.

There are regular daily tours of the castle; call for a reservation.

Castello di Amorosa Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Gift Shop - Special
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Food Available
Picnic Sites
Picnic Sites- Superior
Event Space
Wine Education Seminars
Tours - Regularly Scheduled
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Castello di Amorosa Reviews

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Pretty grounds, good wine
krishill21, Dallas
The fee to get a tour is a little pricier than most but I would say overall worth it. The tour guide we has was great. She was very friendly and personable, she also had good knowledge about how the wine was made on site and was able to answer our questions. The tasting was nice because she explained each wine to us. My favorites were their sweet wines, the others were average for napa.

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Bad taste in my mouth
asmelser, Sacramento
I had visited this winery twice previously and had amazing experiences with the staff and the property. However my recent trip turned me off to the point I may write this winery off for good. I brought my wife and sister who was celebrating her birthday and had never been. We were met at the gate by a person saying that if we wished to go further we would need to see the concierge but since their tours were by appointment only- never before was that the case- they would have to see if they could fit us in. When we advised the employee we were here to simply buy wine, we were told that entrance was $18 per person! My wife was told that we could simply tell the concierge what we would like to buy and they would go get it for us. BUYING WINE THERE STILL WILL NOT GET YOU IN WITHOUT PAYING $18 PER PERSON. When I asked how much the 2007 Il Barone Cabernet was, the concierge told me she would look it up. I saw clearly on the register that it said $145 only to have her look me in the face and say $155 then correct herself to $160. I bought and throughly enjoyed their 2005 version and tasted the 2007 on my last trip. The 2005 was worth the $150 i paid- the 2007 was not, it still tasted quite "green" and "bitey". The admission is not worth it, even with the "free" tastings it comes with. All you can see of the property without buying the tour is the courtyard and dining hall. Skip this place as now they have gotten a bit full of themselves.

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Fun Place to Visit
I had a very nice visit at this "castle" attraction although the wine tasting was not a very good experience for me. I didn't like it at all. It was very very noisy and crowded. The pourer never stayed with us more than 15 seconds with us at a time. It was too busy to enjoy the tasting experience. The wine was okay.

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Castello di Amorosa
Gene F., St. Helena
Joe gave us a humorous and informative tour. He showed me special kindness since I walk with a cane, by taking me down a corridor instead of making me use the stairs. I was impressed by Joe.

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The Tour and Wine was great
jhochgreve, Howell
When we first decided to go to Napa we knew we wanted to check out the Castle. I had heard mixed reviews about the wines themselves, but we thought we would go for the tour anyhow. I was more than impressed with the tour guides knowledge of wine in general, and the castle is amazing. More impressive than that was the wine. For those of you that don't know the same man that ownes V. Sattui owns the castle. YOU MUST TRY THE CAB!! I thought that their 2005 Cab was one of the best I have had. They have a few others worth noting; such as their reserve stock Char. but for you Cab lovers this one is a must taste!

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Napa theme park?
$15 admission just to steep on the property. They wont let you share wine tastings... Impressive castle, bring the kids but don't go for the wine.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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