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“Very cool attraction, fun for adults and kids alike -feels like you've been transported to Italy”

Castello di Amorosa
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Napa Valley Wine Trolley and Castle Tour
Ranked #5 of 68 things to do in Calistoga
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Castello di Amorosa is one of Napa Valley's most unique wineries. At over 136,000 square feet, the authentically-built 13th-century Tuscan-style castle and winery offers a variety of tour options including Reserve wine tours, food and wine pairing tours and a cheese and wine tour. 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. 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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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We decided to stop here as something different to do with the kids during our wine country vacation. Yes, at $18/adult or $8/child over 5, it is a little pricy - but it does include wine tasting of 5 wines for adults or white grape juice for the kids. For extra money you can take a tour of the grounds including the cellar (where there are numerous hand-painted murals in the medieval style). That being said, this medieval-style castle is truly awesome to behold and feels as if you were transported to an Italian vineyard. It has a chapel, a feast room, a courtyard, turrets, and tasting room and shop - all done in authentic medieval style. The wine itself was okay, reminiscent of Italian table wines. But as an experience, we would definitely recommend it. Kids will have a great time here. After all, how often will they get to see a true castle?

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We took the tour and tasting that explored the wine-making rooms and into the depths of the castle. We saw the wine caves and the torture chamber, and ended with the wine tasting in a lower level room separate from those not on the tour. Afterwards, we wandered on our own on the ramparts to enjoy the views over the vineyards. The castle is a recent construction, but the owner tried to keep true to the Tuscan model. Parts of the inner walls included bricks recovered from actual Tuscan houses.

Thank JohnS24
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We loved this castle and the grounds. We did not do the tour, but spent $18 to get in and poked around on our own. So many pretty places to get photos and the castle is just spectacular. We were disappointed in the tasting area, which comes off as a huge commercial endeavor. There are probably 10 servers and ours just wanted to sell us anything expensive and off the "normal" tasting list. He was pleasant, but when I went to say goodbye to him and he realized we were not buying a $100 bottle of wine, he just turned his back on me and did not acknowledge my "Thank You" and goodbye. Sour Grapes here!

1  Thank JanBSoCal
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

This was my wife's and my favorite tour in Napa! Kind of touristy, but we are tourists. A 55 million dollar castle with torture chambers and drawbridges. The entire staff is Italian with rich accents and they allowed us to taste direcetly from a barrel!

Thank Keith K
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We enjoyed roaming around the castle. The nocks and crannies appear authentic. Get clear directions before roaming around. If you have the time, get a coupon online and take the castle tour. Buy as much wine as you can or join the club. That's the only way to get the wines you'll enjoy.

1  Thank Renee R
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