What's the fastest way to get from California to Tuscany? Try taking a trip to the fascinating Castello di Amorosa. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, this 121,000-square foot winery is housed inside a medieval-style Tuscan castle.
Situated on 170 acres of lush forest, Castello di Amorosa is home to large vineyard that grows Cabernet, Merlot and Sangiovese grapes which are fermented in Italian handmade steel tanks. The wines are aged in a 12,000-square foot Grand Barrel Room with 40 Roman cross-vaulted ceilings.
This stunning castle was built by Dario Sattui, great grandson of Italian immigrant and California wine pioneer Vittori Sattui. An enthusiast of medieval architecture, Dario Sattui has owned a several castles across Tuscany and used them as inspiration for Castello di Amorosa. He purchased the land 20 years ago and has turned it into a destination for wine lovers.
Castello di Amorosa produces 18 types of wine including Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Rosato di Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Visitors can participate in a series of tours and food and wine pairings.
Celebrity visitors have included Madame Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Jon Bon Jovi and Joe Montana.
Castello di Amorosa 4045 North Saint Helena HighwayCalistoga, CA 94515Office: (707) 967-6278Reservations: (707) 967-6272www.castellodiamorosa.com
Discover Fine Dining Lovers' exclusive Why Waste? video series, featuring Massimo Bottura and his team of chefs, as they teach us how to repurpose leftovers and trimmings in delicious and imaginative ways, from vegetables to dairy. Take a look