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“Fun tour, beautiful castle / cellar... wine was grape juice”

Castello di Amorosa
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Napa Wine Tour From San Francisco with Castello Di Amorosa Including Lunch
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Napa Valley Wine Trolley and Castle Tour
Ranked #1 of 67 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 11, 2012

Several friends told me to avoid Castello when we visited Napa. My wife is in love with medieval architecture and culture so I had to ignore their statements and go here. This place was the busiest we visited, lots of tourists here. The tour was expensive, $33 per person including a tasting of 5 wines. The tour was very interesting and the owner has definitely spent a lot of time and money doing it right.

However, that same energy and devotion is not going into his wine. We ended up tasting 12 wines and were not impressed at all. His reds are just awful... I would never buy them. The whites were ok, but overly sweet. Most of the wines on the list are German sweet / desert wines and were overdone. They smelled like a fruit bowl but tasted so sweet it hurt our teeth... seriously!

If you want to experience the tour which is extensive, and includes a torture chamber, armory and the gorgeous cellar aging area, then do it! But once they start pouring the wine... save yourself an hour and go up the street to Chateau Montelena or to Sterling.

Thank Nick S
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

This was an amazing place and views, grounds, and castle were spectacular. This was my favorite place on the whole trip. Did not do the $33 tour, but may next time. That is a bit pricey for a tour. We enjoyed the wine tasting! Added the chocolate experience for $4, but would skip next time as you only got two small chocolates. Same owner as V. Sattui--another favorite. There is nothing else like the castle in Napa. A must see. A lot of time and planning went into the construction. Well done!

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

While setting was nice I felt it was so contrived in a way. Took tour, guide was rather bored and difficult for most to understand accent. The torture rooms were just to un-needed, why would they put that stuff in there, its a rather new building trying to be old. I wouldn't pay the $33.00+$5.00 for tour plus chocolate tasting, you could see most of it on your own. When tasting time came we were tossed a small box of lovely chocolates with no mention of pairing but the wine tasting was good and informative.

Thank linnde
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Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

From the beautiful, castle like structure, to the vineyards, to the many Italian wine experts on hand, be sure to stop here. They have a couple of tours....we opted for the self guided tour at a bargain price. The views were beyond compare....be certain to take your camera. You can see Sterling off in the distance and even take a shuttle there from here. The tasting room/store is in the lower level. Staff are pleasant, but we were not that impressed with the wines. Still, I would recommend setting aside an hour or so just to take the tour and stroll in the gardens.

Thank SM510
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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?

Thank planetree05
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