Italian Castle in California Wine Country

I have so many people who inquire as to where my blog banner photo was taken that I thought I would go ahead and do a post on it since it is a pretty incredible and fascinating location.

This is Castello di Amorosa, a winery located in the Napa Valley near Calistoga, California. This is the pet project of 4th generation vintner, Dario Sattui who also owns and operates the V. Sattui Winery named after his great-grandfather who originally established a winery in San Francisco in 1885.

This project was a 14 year endeavor for Dario, who ended up sinking all of his resources into this project ~ I guess you could call this the ultimate labor of love. See here for the fascinating full story of this project.

From the moment you turn off of Hwy 29 onto the driveway of Castello di Amorosa, you are transported to an Italian countryside location.

You are lured up the driveway by the beautiful Italian Cypress trees which eventually opens up to the incredible sight of this amazing 121,000 square foot castle surrounded by its vineyards.

The attention to detail that went into the construction of this winery is simply amazing. The individual selection and placement of each piece of stone, the detail of the moat and hand carved medieval entrance door, the beautiful wrought iron work and other such elements are executed to perfection.

There are several smaller buildings scattered throughout the property executed with the same amount of detail and care.

This little beauty was more than happy to pose and smile for me.

And of course, I have only highlighted the amazing property. After you’re done being awestruck with what you see, it’s time for the wine tasting to begin! 😉



58 thoughts on “Italian Castle in California Wine Country

  1. I am absolutely enthralled, that someone would have gone to all the trouble and expense to build such beautiful buildings in California… thanks for the share it is amazing….

  2. WOW!!! The entrance looks like a painting of an Italian estate actually in Italy, and the castle is beautiful! You are a master of finding and photographing magnificent locations. 🙂

  3. I know how beautiful and famous wine in there, but this Italian castle is amazing… I loved your all photographs, what a beautiful colours and landscape… Thank you dear, Susan. Love, nia

  4. What an astounding property and I never would have guessed it’s location! Pure poetry, as are your images. A new place to dream in….thank you for sharing this.

  5. Seeing a castle in the American countryside seems so misplaced but he has done a beautiful job of creating the ambiance of the Italian countryside. YThe place and your photos are beautiful!

  6. I have to agree with Maralee. You should do all their advertising. That shot of the entryway to the property? Amazing! (And I think that lamb was eyeing me!)

  7. Absolutely fabulous! I have been curious about your gorgeous header photo for a while; thanks for elaborating on your find! If he can’t rent it for weddings…how about movies?!

    • Thanks, I took these photos before I started my blog and didn’t think to do a full post on it until I got so many inquiries about that main photo. I believe they do allow people to shoot there because I saw a post on their Facebook page about someone filming there. I’ll have to look it up and see if any main-stream movies have been filmed there.

  8. Skedazzle! You’ve given so many locations to go to. Been wanting to experience wine tasting in California. I’ve known that Napa Valley is the most known and most popular area to go to when it comes to it. I just don’t know exactly where to go. Thanks for sharing this. Although notvery soon, I definitely will bookmark this and prepare to go there.

  9. This vineyard is so charming it almost looks like the setting for a sweet fairy tale. You take such gorgeous pictures!


  10. I always thought your banner photo was too perfect to be a photo – and I mean that as a compliment. You’re inspiring me to haul the family to northern Michigan’s wine country. So what if we don’t have castles among the vineyards!

  11. We went to V. Sattui on Saturday, the hottest day of the year so far. It was too hot to roam around and also too crowded. All we did was have lunch. I was VERY disappointed that I didn’t get to see this beautiful property. Maybe next year…

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