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“The Castle as a Tasting Stop...”

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 July 29, 2014

While the idea of a castle in Calistoga may be appealing to some, having been to real castles deters a bit from the novelty of this winery. I suppose it would be a good place to tour with the family, especially with the farm animal section, but as a wine taster, it's a horrible place to go. The tasting rooms are crowded and noisy, and because of the "family" tourist nature of the place, filled with children. In addition to the noise, the hosts are busy pouring to large amounts of people, and after a cursory "this is aged in oak barrels for XX months", they're off to handle others. There is no personal attention or a feeling of comradery with other patrons that you'd have at a smaller winery, but instead a "move 'em in, move 'em out" mentality. Worst of all, and the only thing I can't forgive, is the flies. Not only are several buzzing around the head while tasting, if you look up at some of the wrought iron chandeliers, there are very unattractive fly strips hanging. In fact, it was jokingly pointed out by one of the hosts. Definitely not a place I'd recommend to anyone serious about tasting wine. Sad, because the view is lovely and it would probably be a lot more fun were it not like trying to enjoy wine in a Disneyland-type situation.

5  Thank redtaffy
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Reviewed July 29, 2014

The castle is breathe taking and they built it to look and feel like an old, authentic Tuscan castle! Job well down! The grounds are beautiful, the staff are warm and welcoming and the wine is incredible! They do not mass produce and market their wines. You must be a wine club member to get them. To be a member you have to commit to one case a year! I highly recommend visiting this winery on your visit to wine country!

Thank Tracystefano
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Reviewed July 27, 2014

Toured the castle today and found it most informative and loved the attention to detail. Sam was our guide and provided an interesting and comfortable tour ensuring that all of the guests on our tour were at ease. The wine tasting was good and loved the animals on the property.

Thank Gail M
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

Really had fun at this place. Only did the tasting, would like to go back and tour the castle as well. Went with a group of 5 people. Our Sommelier (or salesman) was very entertaining as well as telling the stories of their wines. It was crowded with several friendly, happy wine lovers enjoying the wines and the social aspect of the place. They did a good job of accommodating the crowd.

They start out by indicating you get to sample 5 wines from their non-reserve list for the initial fee. After you indicate an interest in purchasing a few bottles that rule disappears. We received many samples including some from the reserve selections. He also starting pouring more when we indicated we would be leaving soon.

Our group bought a case between us with some discounts. I'm not an expert but did like many of their wines as much as any of the 6 vineyards our group visited that day.

Checkout at the cashier was a little slow but our order was a little weird so maybe that explains it.

Thank Craig B
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Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

I thought this winery was over priced and very cheesy. Was very dissapointed when we got there. I would recommend going to other wineries in the area or smaller ones to get a true experience.

1  Thank Christielucas
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