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Castello di Amorosa Winery

4045 N. St. Helena Highway | Calistoga, CA | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing, Tours, Wineries/Breweries
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 3.5 (3.5)
Facilities: 5.0 (5.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Most wineries are a bore for children. Some don't even allow them to enter in the first place (see O'Brien Estate Winery). Not the case at the Castello di Amorosa Winery. This time-warped 13th century Tuscan castle mystifies visitors of all ages. If the allure of seeing a moat, a drawbridge -- even a torture chamber -- in Northern California is not enough; recent guests can also vouch for the wine.

One TripAdvisor reviewer says: "It was nice to hear about all the architectural nuances and how not only the wine is made, but the castle too. The wine tasting at the end was a great finish. You get to try 5 different wines."

The tour and tasting lasts about an hour and a half, and reservations are suggested. The facility is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays with slightly extended hours on weekends and holidays. The basic tasting and access to a few of the rooms costs $17 per person, although more elaborate tours and classes are available as well. On Sunday mornings, you can attend a Latin Mass in the Saint Catherine of Siena Chapel. The Castello di Amorosa Winery is located between St. Helena and Calistoga. For more information, check out the winery's website.

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