Castello di Amorosa

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Castello di Amorosa
LocationCalistoga, California, USA
Coordinates38°33′30″N 122°32′34″W / 38.5584°N 122.5427°W / 38.5584; -122.5427Coordinates: 38°33′30″N 122°32′34″W / 38.5584°N 122.5427°W / 38.5584; -122.5427
AppellationNapa Valley
First vintage2001
Key peopleDario Sattui
Known forIl Barone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
VarietalsCabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot grigio, Pinot bianco, Muscato, Gioia- Rosato di Sangiovese, Merlot, La Fantasia
TastingOpen to the public

Castello di Amorosa is a castle and a winery located near Calistoga, California. First opening its doors to the public in April 2007, the castle is the pet project of 4th generation vintner, Dario Sattui, who also owns and operates the V. Sattui Winery named after his great-grandfather who originally established a winery in San Francisco in 1885 after emigrating from Italy to California . [2][3]

The winery sits on property that was once part of an estate owned by Edward Turner Bale.[4]

The castle[edit]

Front entrance to the Castello di Amorosa Winery.

The castle interiors, which include 107 rooms on 8 levels above and below ground, cover approximately 121,000 square feet (11,200 m2). Key details and building techniques are architecturally faithful to the 12th and 13th century time period. Among many other features it has: a moat; a drawbridge; defensive towers; an interior courtyard; a torture chamber; a chapel/church; a knights' chamber; and a 72 by 30 feet (9.1 m) great hall with a 22-foot (6.7 m)-high coffered ceiling.

The torture chamber has an authentic 300-year-old iron maiden which Sattui states he bought for $13,000 in Pienza, Italy, a replica rack, prison chambers and other torture devices. [1] [5][6] The great hall features frescoes painted by two Italian artists who took about a year and a half to complete and showcases a 500-year-old fireplace.

Wine tasting in the cellar

The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe.[1][7][8] Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet (270 m) in length. Beneath the castle are a 2-acre (8,100 m2) barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the wines-all sold only at the Castle.[9]

Due to Napa County restrictions, the castle and grounds cannot be rented for weddings or receptions, but are available to rent for corporate gatherings and fund raisers. In May 2012 the county ordered the winery to cease holding a weekly Catholic Mass in the chapel located on the grounds due to lack of use permits.[10]

A 360° panorama of the Great Hall.


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  2. ^ Nolte, Carl (March 28, 2010). "V. Sattui's humble beginnings in North Beach". San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco, CA: . Retrieved April 12, 2010.
  3. ^ Davis, Kip (September 24, 2010). "Reviving a century-old dream". Napa Valley Register. Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  4. ^ Indardonato, John (January 29, 2004). "Sattui castle combines art, wine and the old world". Napa Valley Register. Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved November 1, 2010.
  5. ^ Engle, Jane (February 27, 2007). "Napa Valley medieval: Sattui's Castello di Amorosa". Los Angeles Times. Napa, CA. Retrieved April 12, 2010.
  6. ^ Via Magazine
  7. ^ Peter Jensen (July 13, 2013). "Mining Napa's eastern hills". Napa Valley Register. Napa Valley Publishing.
  8. ^ The Press Democrat Archived 2007-10-07 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Golden Haven
  10. ^ Scully, Shane (May 23, 2012). "County orders Sattui's 'Castle' to stop church services". The Weekly Calistogan. Calistoga, CA: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved May 29, 2012.