Small-Group Napa Wine Tour With Castello di Amorosa and Lunch
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Stop At: Castello di Amorosa, 4045 Saint Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515-9609
Enjoy a guided tour of Castello di Amorosa, considered an architectural masterpiece with all the elements of an authentic medieval castle: a moat, drawbridge, five towers, high defensive ramparts, courtyards and loggias, a chapel, stables, an armory, and even a torture chamber. 107 rooms in total, no rooms alike. Containing some of the most beautiful vaulted wine cellars in the world, Castello di Amorosa has fulfilled Dario’s dream of producing superior quality wines with the same love and attention to detail that went into building his castle.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: V. Sattui Winery, 1111 White Ln, St. Helena, CA 94574-1551
The Winery of the year for the last 15 years, founded in 1885 by an Italian immigrant Vittorio Sattui, Artisan Deli, more than 2 acres of shaded picnic grounds surrounded by giant oak trees,flowers and vineyards. It’s everyone’s favorite, Best Cabernet in California in 1995, Best wine in California in 1999, Winery of the year in California in 2004 and 2007, Best Winery in the western U.S in 2005, Best wine maker in U.S in 2014.
A voucher will be provided for you to enjoy a light lunch here and you can opt to do wine tasting after lunch.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville, CA 94562
Originally planted in 1868, the To Kalon Vineyard has become recognized as one of the finest first-growth vineyards of the world. Ancient Greek for "the highest beauty," To Kalon is the historic vineyard that provides Robert Mondavi Winery with grapes for its world-class Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon, and is the exclusive source of their Fumé Blanc Reserve. Robert Mondavi established his namesake winery in 1966 with a vision to create Napa Valley wines that would stand in the company of the world's finest. He chose To Kalon Vineyard in the heart of the Napa Valley as the home for Robert Mondavi Winery. This first-growth vineyard, located in Oakville, California, is renowned for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world, as well as for its Sauvignon Blanc grapes, from which Mr. Mondavi crafted his signature wine, Fumé Blanc.
Feel free to roam around and enjoy the beautiful winery on a self-guided tour, or indulge in some wine tasting (fees not included).
Duration: 1 hour
- Local driver/guide
- Live commentary on board
- Picnic lunch
- Bottled water
- Guided tour at Castello di Amorosa
- $25 entrance fee (which includes wine tasting) at Castello Di Amorosa
- Optional wine tasting fees at two other wineries (Giving you the flexibility to try what you want)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Castello di Amorosa
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A maximum of 13 people per booking
- Minimum drinking age is 21 years
- Vegetarian option is available
- Lunch will be provided around 11:45am at the second winery (V.Sattui Winery. Voucher provided)
- Wineries are subject to change sometimes due to private events
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
i forget our guides name (too much wine) but he was great. Made the drive out there fun. Wine was good at all 3 stops. The only thing missing is that the people pouring us the wine offered no information about the wine. Which was a little disappointing for an amateur wine drinker. The guy at the Castle was funny at least. The staff at V. Saturri, their only pitch to buy wine was for investment purposes. The food there was pretty good though. Mondavi was more modern and had a great place to relax outside. All in all, we had a great time even though we didnt learn much at the winery’s. We also had a great group of people that went with us.
I chose this tour after comparing multiple options from SF to Napa and it seemed like the best value. The scenery was beautiful, the van was comfortable, pick up was easy, and our driver Jan was the best. The only cons- marketing could have been better. We found out after getting on the bus that we could have brought coolers for food and drink but by that time it was too late. Also, Castello was gorgeous and the views were stunning, however they did not let you buy just a glass of wine, so after our tasting we wanted to try one of the wines out, maybe walk around the grounds, but we couldn't, so staying there an hour and a half was a little lengthy. The last winery was our favorite but we had the least amount of time there. I think the day could have been shifted slightly. All in all, good value and a good time though.
I loved the Castello di Amorosa experience with wine tasting. The red wines I tasted were excellent, smooth and full bodied. The castle itself was incredible. It felt old and looked old and I loved the chapel and the great dining room. I almost wished we could have had lunch there! I didn't care for Chris who was the one giving me wine to taste. He was not as knowledgeable as I had hoped. He may have been new but he told my friend not to have red wine with salmon and that is NOT RIGHT! Nowadays people drink whatever wine they want with food...It was tacky of him to do that and he didn't really care if I bought wine or not which is not good either. I didn't really want any commission to go to Chris I am sorry to say! Sattui winery was wonderful especially the deli and the grounds with lots of picnic tables for lunch..A great place for lunch. I am sorry now I didn't do a tasting at this winery. Please remove Mondavi winery from your list. The tasting was not $20 like Zack told us..It was $25 for all whites I believe and my friend and I shared the red wine tasting for $35. The gal behind the bar hardly talked to us and she poured each wine so quickly and didn't tell us anything about the wine. NOT GOOD! If you start the tour with the castle you have to have comparable wine tastings or all goes down hill for us customers! How about a few BOUTIQUE wineries and we can pay a little more. I live in SF and have been going to wine country over 30 years and don 't want the bus tours anymore but rather like we had a shuttle...Please don't ever take a tour group to SUTTER HOME, MADONNA or JACUZZI...I agree with Zack. He told us they were not great wines..I have been to all three and he is right~~~!!!
I thought it was good, first place I liked, the second place went to wish we stayed there longer, third place over priced and did not think much of reminded me of a funeral home.
I think that tour is a waste of your money....It is self- guided tour. I was hoping to receive some information about wine making process....nothing. Basically that tour is just providing you a driving accommodation including small lunch. In addition to our tour fees, we have to pay for testing in 2 out of 3 wineries mandatory which makes that trip ridiculously expensive for family.
This tour was amazing and worth every penny. Zach is awesome and very knowledgeable about the area. The castle was amazing as was the lunch outside in the picnic area at the second winery. This tour is perfect because the early departure time gets you to the castle before the very large crowds come in. I would recommend this tour. I will take it again the next time I am in the area.
This is a wonderful tour - Zach our tour guide and driver did an amazing job. The lunch provided was excellent! Small group tour - it was a perfect day!!!
This tour was fantastic! Our driver Zach was really knowledgeable. The Mercedes van was comfortable and very clean. The views of the 3 wineries were spectacular and we had plenty of time at each stop. Loved the wineries. Highly recommend to everyone!