Napa Valley, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) July 17, 2011
Unique Winery touring takes on a whole new meaning at Dario Sattui’s authentically styled 13th century Tuscan castle and winery in the Napa Valley. Sattui, a pioneer winemaker and student of medieval architecture, built Castello di Amorosa just like it would have been done in the 13th century—by hand. At 121,000 square feet, the winery includes 107 unique rooms-most for wine storage and it’s built on 8 levels, four of which are below ground.
After 14 years of construction and countless man-hours of painstaking labor, the Castello opened to the public on April 9, 2007.
“This may be one of the only wineries in America where you can go to a Latin Mass, take a horse-drawn vineyard tour and have a food and wine pairing all in the same day,” said owner, Dario Sattui. “It is absolutely amazing how our customers have responded to the Castello. And it’s all due to the variety of activities we offer and the attention to service by the staff.”
Winery tours are becoming increasingly popular in the Napa Valley. Castello di Amorosa tours include a trek to the lower 81,000 square feet to wine caves, armory, torture chamber and Grand Barrel room where guests enjoy award-winning, Cabernet Sauvignon from the barrel. The tour groups- lead by a guide- taste wine together in one of the Castello’s ten unique, underground tasting rooms. For a slightly different twist, the Castello offers hiking vineyard tours and blending seminars.
Following the wine tour, guests can enjoy hilltop views of the Napa Valley. Just outside the tasting room, sheep roam freely accompanied by peacocks, chickens, cats and “Lupo,” Dario’s German shepherd.
Following fourteen years of construction, Sattui opened Castello di Amorosa on April 9, 2007. Situated in the hills above Calistoga, Castello di Amorosa- a family-owned winery- produces world-class wines including Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio which are sold only at the winery direct to the consumer. The castle winery was made with brick, wood and iron imported from Europe combined with over 8,000 tons of local, Napa Valley stone. Today, Castello di Amorosa, a popular Napa Valley destination, offers a variety of wine tasting and touring options in a unique Tuscan castle setting.