Castello di Amorosa is Napa Valley’s own slice of Tuscany. It’s a winery with its own authentic Tuscan castle (Approximately 121,000 sq. ft., including 107 rooms on 8 levels above and below ground), and one of Napa’s premier “destination” wineries. While I’m not a huge fan of destination wineries because the wines often take a back seat to whatever the attraction is (they don’t call Napa Valley “adult Disneyland for nothing;-), Castello di Amorosa is an exception. In addition to a great experience touring an authentic Tuscan castle (complete with a torture chamber), you’ll find plenty of ”better” and “best” wines rather than simply ” good” wine.
I would specialize in making small lots of primarily Italian-style wines, showcase them in an authentic, medieval castle setting and sell them directly to the public, not in stores or restaurants.
Castello di Amorosa offers a wide array of wines. In addition to the wines one would expect to find at a Napa Valley winery, (Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel) they also offer three Gewüztraminers (dry, slightly sweet, and late harvest), various Red, Rosé, and White Italian varietals, Muscato Canelli port, and a slightly sweet, sparkling Rosé!
Castello di Amorosa produces about 8,000 cases a year. The wines are only available at the winery, through its wine club, or online (www.castellodiamorosa.com).
Pinot Bianco (Pinot Blanc) is a member of the Pinot family that includes Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Meunier. It is a crisp, dry white wine originally from France’s Burgundy region. Today, it has found an important place in Alsace, Northeastern Italy as well as California.
Rating: A-; This is a wonderful wine that’s food friendly.
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