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“Castle in California?” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa
4045 St. Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515
+1 707-967-6272
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Ranked #4 of 61 things to do in Calistoga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Wine tasting
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Owner description: Castello di Amorosa is the one of Napa Valley's most unique wineries. At over 121,000 square feet, the 13th century Tuscan-style castle and winery offers a variety of tour options including Reserve wine tours,food and wine pairing tours and vineyard education tours. Castello di Amorosa makes a variety of award winning wines from its location on the hillside above Calistoga. Try "Il Barone" the wine that Robert Parker rated 94 points (2007) and Wine Enthusiast Magazine's, Steve Heimoff rated 94 points (2009). The Castello also produces Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Rose, Pinot Bianco, Sangiovese, Barbera, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Il Brigante blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, La Castellana Super Tuscan Blend, Il Raggio del Sole, Fantasia, Il Passito Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon and Late Harvest Gewurztraminer, the top dessert wine at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for two consecutive years.
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“Castle in California?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

I was actually excited visiting Castello di Amorosa but began wondering if it was going to be worth the drive or if it was going to be a tourist trap of cheesy imitation European decor. After we left, I told my partner that I was glad we gave it a chance because it was so worth it.
The buildings and furnishings are from old European castle ruins that were imported to build the mishmash structure, giving it an authentic look instead of some machine cast replica. Once you walk through the main gate, you almost feel like you have been transported to the old country. This design and attention to detail spans all the way from the entrance down to the catacombs. I highly suggest taking the guided tour as you will see more areas that are off limits to the self guided tours. The domed ceilings in the wine room alone are worth paying to see.
There are plenty of photo opportunities from the castle itself to the surrounding scenery. I have posted one that reminds me so much of our trip many years ago to Tuscany.

Visited August 2012
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“It is super crowded, full of tourists and families”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

The grounds are surrounded by grape vines, flowers and of course tons of tourists. The castle is a piece of art. The castle was built using authentic medieval building materials and techniques. Stone by stone and arch by arch everything actually went up like they did centuries ago in medieval Europe!

We did not do a wine tasting here as we were told the wines were just mediocre and not worth the price.

Visited June 2012
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“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We went on four winery tours during our three-day visit, and this was by far the best. If you pay for only one tour, make it this one. Our guide, Joey Miles, did a great job of explaining the history of the area and property, grapes and wine-making, and tasting techniques. We walked through the crush pad, wine cellar and caves, and also enjoyed a rare barrel tasting. The gift shop is extensive, and has some unusual items. We enjoyed walking around the beautiful grounds, too.

Visited September 2012
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“Awesome!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

We arrived a few minutes after 4pm and we weren't sure if we were going to get to see anything since most of the wineries close at 6pm. We inquired about the guided tour and they allowed us to go on the 4:40pm tour. Even though the winery closes doors at 6, if you're in there they'll let you complete the full tour. I believe each ticket was about $33. The tour of the castle was fun, I would have liked some wine tasting at the beginning of it, but oh well. I guess most people have already been drinking plenty by that time, so the tour allows them to sober up a bit before drinking more. We had just arrived to Calistoga, so we had not been drinking. Once we finally got to the wine tasting part, the real fun began ;-) The wine was delicious. That was the only winery we bought wine from. The castle is great for taking pictures, so many beautiful things to see there. I highly recommend it!

Visited September 2012
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“Great winery and view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

This place made our trip. The castle is great, the wine was delicious. The tour guide was good, a lot of up sells throughout the tour, but I understand it's his job.....the guided tour is worth the price!!! It's also very family friendly....

Visited September 2012
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