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Castello di Amorosa

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6/17/2016

Vacaville, CA

Castello di Amorosa


Since we were in the Napa Valley area, a winery tour was inevitable.  The winery we chose offered a lot more than just a tour of making wine.   The Castello de Amorosa is found in a castle.  The castle is a replica of a Tuscan castle where tiles, hardware and other items were imported from Europe castle reclamation yards for authenticism.  Artisans from Europe were brought is to insure the accuracy of the arches and other architectural details.  The only thing not real about the castell is an inner steel structure for safety from earthquakes.

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Jelly Belly Long drive in as the castle is on the top of a hill. Jelly Belly
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Jelly Belly Towers and arches. Jelly Belly
Jelly Belly For authenticity, the construction varies as an old castle as they were built over a period of 100 years and methods change over time.

Note the chapel is different from the buildings on each side.
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Jelly Belly A view from one of the towers. Jelly Belly
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Jelly Belly Our tour guide was incredibility knowledgeable about the castle as well as the wine making process. Jelly Belly
Jelly Belly Wine storage was everywhere in the maze of passageways.  Not all the wine belonged to Castello, some is stored for other vineyards.
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Jelly Belly To maintain the accuracy of the castle, an armory room was present with some replica and some historic arms and armor.

There also was a dungeon with real devices used to torture people in the olden days.
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Jelly Belly The main wine storage room is 12,000 square feet with authentic architectural arches for the ceiling.
Jelly Belly As with all good wine tours, there was tasting at the end.  Again, the knowledge of our guide made the sampling a better venture.  We did buy some wine.
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Jelly Belly Details outside like inside.  
Jelly Belly As a normal castle, there is livestock.

Below are shots of the grapevines.
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