Dario Sattui's Castello di Amorosa, a 13th century Tuscan-style castle and winery, provided an intimate backdrop on ABC's 14th edition of The Bachelor. This season's The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love stars the handsome commercial pilot from Dallas-and fan favorite-Jake Pavelka. Tune into ABC on Monday, February 8, 2010 at 8 pm Eastern and Pacific/7 pm Central to see scenes from Jake's date at Castello di Amorosa which aired on February 1, 2010. Watch the full episode at www.abc.go.com.
After a series of romantic and adventurous dates, Jake Pavelka's search for love led him and some lovely ladies to the Napa Valley and Castello di Amorosa, the "Castle of Love." At 121,000 square feet and with four levels of wine cellars and caves below ground, Jake Pavelka and his dates searched for love in one of the most unique venues in America.
The Bachelor is a primetime reality series, where one lucky man is offered the chance to find true love. The Bachelor embarks on a romantic journey, getting to know a bevy of beautiful bachelorettes and gradually narrowing the field to the one woman to whom he may propose marriage in the dramatic season finale. Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.
Waiting for more La Fantasia? Well, the wait is finally over; La Fantasia is back in the tasting room and we're so excited we're throwing a party. Wine club members and up to five of their guests are invited to Castello di Amorosa for a complimentary tasting of our wines including, the super-popular and now, "just released," Fantasia. It's at TheCastello (also our Twitter handle) Sunday, January 31, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. 'till 4:00 p.m.
Castello di Amorosa's La Fantasia is an Italian soft-style wine which is lower in alcohol, naturally sweet and refreshing with bright aromas of cherry, exotic flowers and wild berries. It sells out every year, so come by the tasting room to place your order.
The view from the north tower at Castello di Amorosa looking at snow on the Vaca Range. This is the Napa Valley- an officially recognized American Viticultural Area or AVA. The actual Napa Valley floor is 5 miles wide and 30 miles long. The Napa Valley currently contains 15 recognized sub or "nested" AVA's.
Castello di Amorosa's 30 acre vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese and Primitivo is in the Diamond Mountain District AVA. Covering 5,000 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains on the northeast side of the Napa Valley, this region has over 500 acres under vine. The cool fog that influences the valley floor is not a factor here due to our up-valley location and higher elevation vineyard. Lack of topsoil, porous volcanic soil and extended exposure to the sun are reasons why world-class wines, Cabernet Sauvignon in particular, are described as bold and powerful with chewy textures and firm tannins.
Castello di Amorosa's 2006 Merlot was recently judged the best Merlot in a blind taste test sponsored by the Napa Valley Vintners Association and the St. Helena Star.
Judged by veteran Napa Valley winemakers, the Castello's Merlot was the least expensive of the five finalists.
Here's the link to the St. Helena Star article:
The following is an excerpt from the article:
"Castello di Amorosa Napa Valley Merlot 2006 ($34) is a bowl of ripe cherries, currants, raspberry and dark plum with dusty tannins. Crafted by winemaker Brooks Painter, this wine is 100% Merlot. Visiting the incredible castle, between Calistoga and St. Helena on Highway 29, would be a fun way to share the holiday with friends and family. While there won't be sleigh rides in the snow, Castello di Amorosa has horse-drawn carriage rides through the vineyards."
Visit Castello di Amorosa to taste the award-winning Merlot. Our wines are only available at the Castello or online.