Castello di Amorosa Is Open for Business
October 23, 2017, Calistoga, Napa Valley —- Castello di Amorosa re-opened its tasting room on October 16, 2017. Located at 4045 Saint Helena Highway in Calistoga (94515), Castello di Amorosa is open seven days a week and offers a variety of wine tasting and winery tour options. Reservations—for guided tours only—are recommended by contacting http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/Visit-Us or calling 707-967-6272. Castello di Amorosa sells its entire production of wine exclusively at the winery.
Closed briefly during the recent wildfires, the winery remained untouched.
“Many of our customers and friends of the castle have reached out for an update on the situation in Napa Valley after the devastating wildfires. Of the nearly 500 wineries in Napa Valley, only 7 wineries were severely damaged or lost, and damage to vineyards was minimal, as they ended up becoming highly effective fire breaks”, said President Georg Salzner. He continued: “Many locals have already returned to their homes and the Valley is quickly recovering, all thanks to the tireless work of the firefighters and first responders. We are a resilient community; we will recover, survive and thrive. I can confidently say that Napa Valley is open for business!”
Castello di Amorosa’s estate vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties were all undamaged, and over 96% of the winery’s grapes had been harvested prior to the fires. “Only a few of our blocks were exposed to smoke, so we expect very minimal impact on our 2017 vintage,” Director of Winemaking Brooks Painter said, “Most of our fruit was already in tanks, fermenting when the fires broke out. So far, they are coming along great.”
Fall is the most colorful and beautiful time of year to visit Napa Valley.
All the vineyards around the valley are dressed in green, yellow, and red foliage these days, as if nothing had ever happened. “We are looking forward to welcoming guests back to Calistoga,” said Henriette Steinrueck, VP of Operations. “We have been overwhelmed by the support of our customers including our wine club members. We are all buoyed by the tremendous ‘Napa Valley spirit and we encourage our friends and customers to come visit us.”
She added: “We are open seven days a week, and so are most other wineries, hotels, restaurants, and spas.”
The staff at Castello di Amorosa is now looking forward, and they are currently busy preparing their famous Halloween party, the “Pagan Ball”
which is happening Friday October 27th. The undergrounds of the castle are turned into a giant haunted house, where more than 800 guests will enjoy chills and scares, before they all settle in for a wonderful dinner accompanied by Castello wines.
Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena (both owned by Dario Sattui) have made a $100,000 donation to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. The Castello also donated 10% of all online wine sales from the week of its reopening to the Relief Fund.
One of Napa Valley’s landmark destinations, Castello di Amorosa was a labor of love for founder Dario Sattui. He began the project in 1993 and the winery celebrated its 10th anniversary in April 2017. Castello di Amorosa incorporates five defensive towers with battlements, a Great Hall with a coffered ceiling featuring hand-painted frescoes and a 500 year-old fireplace, a chapel, drawbridge, dungeon, watch tower, torture chamber and secret passageways. Using medieval construction techniques, the Castello was built with antique bricks, roof tiles, hand-hewn timbers and doors, hand-forged iron gates, lamps and hardware imported from Europe, as well as over 8,000 tons of hand-chiseled local stone. The Castello’s limited production wines are not distributed and are available exclusively at the winery or on their website at www.castellodiamorosa.com.