Visit Castello di Amorosa, an Architectural Landmark in Napa Valley

Castello di AmorosaCastello di Amorosa is a landmark in Napa Valley. It’s not only a highly acclaimed winery, but it is also quite literally a castle as its name suggests. What began as the dream of winemaker Dario Sattui has become an Old World experience in modern times. Make plans to visit on your next trip to Napa Valley for an authentic medieval Italian experience – complete with delicious wines – as an escape from our very modern world.

There is so much to experience in wine country, you’ll have to plan multiple trips to see and do it all. Use our free Vacation Guide to help you pinpoint the very activities and excursions you’d enjoy, such as Castello di Amorosa. It’s the perfect resource to help you map out your full itinerary from start to finish, and one of the many ways we can help you plan and enjoy your stay to the fullest.

The Castle

You’ll find Castello di Amorosa nestled in 170 acres in Calistoga. The building itself is unmistakable and took owner Dario Sattui 15 years to build.

Sattui grew up in the wine business. His grandfather founded V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena in 1885. Dario eventually took over this business and still runs it today. However, he wanted to fulfill a dream and bought nearly 200 acres in neighboring Calistoga complete with forested hills, a stream and a lake.

In the beginning, Dario thought he would replant the vineyards, but it evolved into a plan to create a vineyard and winery experience. Soon, Dario’s interest in Italian medieval architecture took over and his vision for the property became clear. He would create a winery with an authentic medieval castle as the place where guests could not only taste incredible wines but also feel as if they have been transported back in time.

A few things you should know about Castello di Amorosa:

  • It’s an authentic rendition of a 13th-century Tuscan castle.
  • The castle spans 121,000 square feet.
  • It also features intricate ironwork hand-forged by Italian artists.
  • It features 1,000-pound hand-hewn doors from Italy.
  • There is a 12,000-square-foot Grand Barrel room that includes 40 Roman Cross vaulted brick ceilings.
  • The Great Hall includes a 22-foot-high coffered ceiling that features hand-painted frescoes and a 500-year-old fireplace.

Guided Tours and Tastings

The guided tours and tastings are a must. There is so much to absorb when you are visiting, it’s worthwhile to let one of the experienced guides lead you on your adventure. You’ll not only wander through the castle to learn about its history, as well as that of the vineyard and the wine, but you’ll also be able to relax during the tasting and savor every sip and morsel. Several tours and tasting options are available. Visit their website for full details and pricing.

The Wine

Italian-style wines are plentiful at Castello di Amorosa, although other varietals are available, too. During your visit, you may sample their: Pinot Grigio, Red Table Blend, Sangiovese, Pinot Nero, Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Rosato di Sangiovese, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, “Super Tuscan” Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscato Canelli, Brochetto, and more.

After Your Medieval Adventure, Return to Churchill Manor Bed & Breakfast

The Atlas Peak RoomCastello di Amorosa is just one of the many incredible wineries in Napa Valley you can experience during your stay. Plan to stay several days so you can visit a few of them and let Churchill Manor serve as your home-away-from-home. Our location is central to all of the areas best wineries. Plus, you can relax in comfort and luxury. Select from an array of elegant rooms, including the lovely Atlas Peak. This third-floor, light-filled room features an antique king brass bed and vineyard-themed decor. No matter which accommodation you choose, you’ll love our fine amenities, gourmet breakfast, fantastic service and all of the little details that set our bed and breakfast apart.

Come and enjoy luxury in the heart of downtown Napa. We can’t wait to welcome you to Churchill Manor.

Photo Credit: Castello di Amorosa – Jim Sullivan