April 21, 2008

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa (translated "Castle of Love"--how appropriate!) was one of our last ventures before heading back to the daily grind. Call it our fairytale ending! When we arrived at the castle, I nearly had to pinch myself because I thought I was back in Tuscany! There were the same rolling green hills, the same tall, skinny cypresses and a medieval-looking castle right before our very eyes. Apparently, the owner, Sattui, is a self-confessed medieval architecture fanatic who also owns a former monastery and a Medici palace in Italy. Go figure.

the path that winds uphill to the castle

hubby viewing one section of the castle

main entryway

framing the gentleman

herringbone pattern and hubby's legs

one of numerous dragon ironworks

a medieval well
wonder if this is historically accurate?

Wait--they have running water!
What's the well for then?
All jokes aside, I really like this sink.

every castle needs a dungeon

and here it is
a wine dungeon, in lieu of a wine cave
and a knight to stand guard

cool arched ceilings

and candles to light the way


Katrina said...

How fun! Your little get-away looks relaxing. Where is this castle? Northern California?

Anonymous said...

This is a really nice Tuscan-style castle. I took my family there on a Saturday and was pleasantly surprised that that had a special room for kids to play while we had a private tasting. It was a great experience. The wine was so good, we bought a case and will be coming back for the wine club events. The children, 3 and 5, loved the castle.

It's on left about 5.5 miles north of St. Helena.