Castello di Amorosa is a beautiful 13th century Tuscan-style castle and winery. Dario Sattui was inspired by his Italian heritage, his love for medieval architecture, and his desire to make “superior wines in a magnificent setting”to build Castello di Amorosa, Castle of Love.
My husband, Edward and I love travel photography. These are my photos from out trip to Castello di Amorosa.
We visited the Castello in mid-November. It was a relaxing drive through Napa Valley, California. Thirty of the Castello’s sounding 171 acres of land are dedicated to growing grapes. The golden leaves on the vines glowed with the morning sun.
A couple of cottages frame the path leading to the castle. The animals in residence act more regal here. Even the chickens seem to hold their heads higher as they cross the road of the Castello.
This gargoyle guards the Castello gate.
Cross the drawbridge over the mote to enter Castello di Amorosa.
Check in at the Castello. The tours include wine tasting. The tours are very popular. Tickets can be reserved ahead of time.
This is the vaulted loggia along the main courtyard. It leads to the lower courtyard and the chapel. Apartments for the Nobles overlook the courtyard. The Castello has three courtyards.
Castello di Amorosa’s Great Hall is a magnificent display period class and style. The doors to the Great Hall are adorned with over 2000 hand-forged nails, a show of social standing. Frescoes grace the wall with stories of life and love. Pizza could be served here hot, right out oven that’s outside the hall doors.
All of the Castello’s ironwork was hand-forged by Italian artisans.
Some of the Castello’s medieval elements include it’s five defensive towers with battlements, ramparts, stables, a prison and a torture chamber.
The Castello di Amorosa has has eight levels, four above ground and four below. Two thirds of it’s 121,000 square footage are underground. Of the Castello’s 107 rooms, 95 are devoted to wine making.
Castello di Amorosa specializes in producing small lots of superior quality wines. The Castello’s wine is only sold at the winery or shipped directly to customers.
I tasted the wine. My favorite wine was the La Fantasia. It’s a sweet fruity sparkling wine that’s low alcohol. We also tried the grape juice. It was the best grape juice I had ever tasted. We ended up buying a bottle of grape juice.
Next time we visit, I’ll have to bring a few outfits for a fancy photo shoot. Edward loves when I model for him. It would also be good to arrive much earlier, so we can get more shots before the crowds show up.
We had a fun photo trip and got a lot of great shots. Castello di Amorosa is an extraordinary castle in a beautiful setting.