Aug 082014
 
Photo by Jim Sullivan

Photo by Jim Sullivan

Castello di Amorosa is the dream of Dario Sattui, which became reality and was open to the public in April of 2007. When you tour this 13th Century, 107 room Tuscan-style castle, you will truly feel you have stepped into a medieval realm, and for good reason. The castle is built with over a million hand-made antique bricks, supplied from torn-down Hapsburg palaces. The castle is adorned throughout with authentic touches, including a massive fireplace of historical significance, an actual Iron Maiden from the late Renaissance in the torture chamber, and a wrought iron dragon from Napoleon’s era over the massive main door. More than 8,000 tons of stone were chiseled to be absolutely authentic.

Our tour began in the Saint Catherine of Siena Chapel, led to the Great Hall (where elaborate dinners actually occur) and proceeded through the various regions of the castle, including the torture chamber, the wine caves, the Armory and the Grand Barrel Room, ending with a delightful wine tasting and chocolate pairing. Our guide was informative, knowledgeable and humorous.

Tours are approximately 1-3/4 hours in length. The walking portion of your tour is approximately 60 minutes followed by a 45 minute private tasting of our handcrafted Italian style wines. Reservations are highly suggested. Special tours include “Royal Pairings” and a Hiking Vineyard Tour. 4045 North Saint Helena Highway, Calistoga.
(707) 967-6272.  • castellodiamorosa.com

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