Now no trip to the area would be complete without a bit of wine tasting.
However Z and I were discussing that with the sheer volume of vineyards in the area what’s going to make me stop and one versus another? They all look like pretty buildings on gorgeous property.
The answer for me: gimmicks. I love a good theme.
WINE IN A CASTLE
Thanks to a randomly found pamphlet we ended up at Castello di Amorosa.
Tour the authentically-styled, 13th century, Tuscan castle and winery…and enjoy roaming access on two levels of the castle and a five wine premium or a six wine reserve tasting in our main tasting room.
That’s right it’s a legitimate castle!
107 rooms (95 devoted to wine making)
8 levels (4 above ground, 4 below)
Took 15 years to build
Ironwork, bricks, art brought over from Italy
TOURING THE CASTLE
Everything is so authentic that I instantly felt transported to the European countryside.
Now wine/alcohol in general is not part of my “heal and help” plan for my stomach but not wanting to miss out on crossing “wine tasting in Napa” off the bucket list, I sipped, swirled and spit. That was fine by me seeing as how wine just really isn’t my thing anymore.
Z had a grand old time and found himself a tasty smoky red which he loved.
Things I learned during our time there…
DIFFERENT SOIL, DIFFERENT WINE
Remember when I asked what makes one vineyard different than the next? Apparently the answer is the soil. Napa valley is made up of 16 different regions all of which have unique climates/terrains which impart unique characteristics into the grapes grown there.
GRAPES ARE FOR MORE THAN JUST WINE
At the vineyard they use a hot press to remove the oil from the seeds of the grape. From there they bottle and sell it (I bought their lemon variety as a souvenir after sampling it). The weird, less than appetizing brown remnants, are then ground into flour.
It was certainly a unique experience that I’m so glad we stumbled upon.
I want to know…
Are you a fan of wine?
Do you have a favorite variety? Region?