In many parts of the country, winter is still hanging around, but not in the Napa Valley and certainly not at Castello di Amorosa's vineyards where budbreak, the first emergence of shoots that will ultimately bear fruit, occurred earlier this week. Sangiovese showed its buds first; Primitivo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines will budbreak next. Budbreak occurs when the vines wake from their winter dormancy and begin to show signs of life. Water drawn up through the extensive root system appears on the cuts made by pruning. This is followed by the emergence of tiny buds. Leaves eventually unfold- a fresh start to a new growing season.
Working in the vineyard is a labor of love. Pictured below is Mario Martinez, Vineyard Crew Leader. His gentle hands prepare the Primitivo vines for the growing season.
Strong hands, gentle touch.
Budbreak in the Sangiovese vineyard.
Mario Martinez tends to the Primitivo vines.
A Medieval Evening at Castello di Amorosa
-- A Wine Club Member Only Event --
Enjoy an evening of great jollification, feasting and merrymaking at the Il Banchetto Medioevale -- a Medieval Banquet.
Join us as Castello di Amorosa, Dario Sattui's 13th century Tuscan-style castle steps back in time on April 24, 2010 for a spectacular evening of food, music and wine. Come view the latest 13th century dances after you've indulged in a unique, VIP tasting of our newest-released wines. Feast in the Castello's Italian Frescoe-adorned Great Hall as you are serenaded with wonderous, live medieval music and entertainers.
This is an event you won't want to miss, but you need to be in the wine club to attend. To join the club or for more information, please call Chelle at 707-967-6274.
The band, All Star Weekend, released their first music video and single, A Different Side of Me.All Star Weekend, released their first music video and single, A Different Side of Me. The video which premiered on the Disney Channel on February 21, 2010 was shot on location at Castello di Amorosa. On a cold winter day in the Napa Valley, the young Hollywood Records quartet displayed talent, charm and endless enthusiasm needed to take them to the top!
That's Zach on vocals and guitar; Nathan (the superhero) playing guitar and vocals; Cameron on bass and Michael on drums.
The Napa Valley, a premiere wine-region with world-class wines, is a beautiful place; a great place to take visitors.
We are were humbled when we heard that Castello di Amorosa was honored with the distinction of "2010 Best Place to Take Visitors" in the Best of Napa & Sonoma Valleys magazine-presented by 1440 KVON & 99.3 THE VINE.
With voting conducted by ballot and online, Castello di Amorosa, Dario Sattui's 13th century Tuscan-style castle and winery, joins a select group of establishments considered by locals as the best place to eat, drink and stay in the Napa Valley.
Robert Parker, a leading U.S. wine critic with international influence can literally make or break wineries with his judgments. He was in the Napa Valley at the invitation of the Napa Valley Vintners Association and posted the following in his newsletter, The Wine Advocate.
Robert Parker score: 94
"The brilliant 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone boasts an opaque purple color as well as a beautiful sweet nose of blackberries, black currants, camphor, subtle toasty oak, and espresso roast. Rich and full-bodied with sweet tannin, a hint of smoked meats, deep fruit, and an impeccable balance, purity and texture, this stunning wine should drink nicely for 15-20 years."
Robert Parker score: 92
"The 2007 La Castellana is a proprietary blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 6% Sangiovese. An outstanding, hedonistic, complex red, it reveals notes of wild strawberries, new saddle leather, black currants, cherries, cedar, and smoked herbs. Full-bodied, lush, and seductive, this beautifully mouthfilling, supple wine should be enjoyed over the next 7-10 years."
Castello di Amorosa wines are sold only at the winery, directly to the consumer. The 2007 vintages Il Barone and La Castellena Super Tuscan will be released in 2012.
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.