If you’re heading to Auction Napa Valley next week, or you're planning on visiting the area this summer, it would be well worth your while to visit Daryl Sattui's new $30 million, 121,000-square-foot Castello di Amorosa.
Sattui's been around for years. When I would visit in the 1970s (before I moved here), I'd stop by the V. Sattui deli on Hwy. 29 in St. Helena for a baguette, wedge of cheese, roll of salami and bottle of Riesling that I would eat at a picnic table shaded by trees. Back then it was one of the few places you could go to eat in Napa.
It's hard to believe how far his business has come since then. Drive five to seven miles beyond the deli and you'll discover Castello di Amorosa. The medieval-style, eight-level castle took nearly 14 years to build, and it officially opened to the public on April 9. The 107-room facility houses a new winery (Sattui also owns V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena), a dungeon room with a 15th-century iron maiden and original frescos and sculptures. There's even a moat.
Locals have taken to calling it the Hearst Castle of Napa.
See for yourself how one man who started out selling sandwiches, pickles and wine from his small shop on Hwy. 29 created one of Napa’s soon-to-be icons. (Just be sure to schedule an appointment before you go.) Start at the deli and then check out the castle.
4045 N. St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga; (707) 942-8200; www.castellodiamorosa.com
Jason Thompson — Foster City, CA — May 29, 2007 8:14pm ET
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