Tuesday, April 8, 2014

30 Before 30 Progress

5. Visit the Castle Winery in Napa.

One of the many things I've wanted to do since moving to Sacramento was to travel the short distance to Napa, California. On Friday, April 4th and in less than two hours, I arrived to Castello di Amorosa also known as the Castle Winery. Technically the winery is in Calistoga but is considered a part of Napa since it's right there with it and many other wineries. Castello di Amorosa is known as the Castle winery because obviously it looks like a castle.

As far as wineries in Napa go this one is fairly new. It was built and finished in 2007 and since then it's become one of the greatest. The winery is considered a boutique winery because it only bottles about 25,000 cases a year compared to larger wineries that bottle about 250,000 cases a year. The wine made at Castello can only be found and bought at the winery. It's not available in stores outside of the winery.
 Outside the Castle after the tour.
 some of the grounds
We did the standard tour and tasting. It lasted about two hours and didn't seem too rushed or too slow. We were able to see the entire property and taste 10 different wines.
 touring the property
 tasting
 
Everything about the Castle was as authentic as possible. The owners had as much as possible brought over from Italy. They flew painters over, fixtures, scoured the country for authentic historical pieces of equipment etc. They really tried to do it right. I think they succeeded. The winery was great and I think I'll probably go back in the fall for the stomping of the grapes. I was glad to be able to cross this one off my 30 Before 30 List!

5 comments:

lil desiqua said...

Oh wow! Gorgeous! I have a weird fascination with castles, I think I just love the old school feel of them. My friend is moving about 20 min outside of Napa next month, so hopefully I'll get a chance to see this winery soon!

Lady Jewels Diva® said...

I don't drink but love castles, it looks great.

Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

Oh boy! Looks gorgeous!!!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

How pretty! I want to go. Adding to the list if I ever visit Naps!

Shoshanah said...

This looks like such a gorgeous place!! I'd love to go visit someday too!