Continuing along the highway, each side beckoned with world famous wineries waiting to share their delicious wines. Paula had a plan for just where we'd stop for our tasting. Our dear friends Kim and Rob were on their first wine country tour and, although I'd visited before some years ago, this amazing castle wasn't even built then. Paula knew we'd love it.
Kim, Rob, and Mary on the castle ramparts.
(Image by Paula)
Amazing.......a real European castle, hidden on a hillside in the Napa Valley!
The 107 room Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California took 12 years to build and the story is quite awesome....go here to read more.
Gargoyles guarding the castle.
Kim at the castle courtyard door - almost everything used in the massive building is authentic.
Some very good years in these oak barrels...........we did a tasting flight of five delicious wines. All wines are only available for purchase from the Castello or online - you will not find it in shops. I love full-bodied dry red wines but have to admit their sweet dessert wine named Fantásia was excellent.
As we were limited for time we passed on the grand tour (which I know must be so interesting), and just did the self-guided look around the main area of the castle and the beautiful grounds with vineyards, aged olive trees, grazing sheep, and colorful chickens.
We passed the beautiful chapel on leaving the Castello.
Tiny B&B on the way to Sonoma.
Rob, Kim, Paula and sweet Kilty (see her on my sidebar) checking out the quaint square in Sonoma - 1933 Sebastiani Theatre and lots of great shops.
It was a great day out......good friends, beautiful scenery, and although cloudy and cool, the rain held off.
A sad note: Next time I'll tell you about my non-fun-in-the-air California experience!!