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Castello di Amorosa

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Castello di Amorosa

We will be visiting Sonoma/Napa next weekend staying at MacArthur Place in Sonoma. This is our 2nd trip to wine country. We have never been to Calistoga before and saw a picture of the Castello di Amorosa Winery and it looked beautiful. Thinking about going and wondered what would be the most scenic route to take and if anyone has any other must see stops along the way. While we do love wine what is even more important are beautiful wineries and picturesque scenery. Any opinions or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!!

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1. Re: Castello di Amorosa

First, get out your map for reference and follow along.

For scenic splendor, there are 2 key routes over the mountains between Hwy 12 in Sonoma Valley and Hwy 29 in Napa Valley: (1) Trinity Rd./Oakville Grade, and further north, (2) Calistoga Rd./St. Helena Rd./Spring Mountain.

Both of these will drop you down onto Hwy 29 in Napa Valley, well south of Castello.

To me, the Trinity/Oakville Grade is more scenic because you'll enjoy amazing vistas to the west as you climb the west side of the mountain, and then again, more amazing vistas over Napa Valley looking east once you've crossed the ridge. This road is not for the faint of heart, and the driver best not be looking at the view. I would call it an E-Ticket drive. There are no "sights" along the way except the views, the deep forests of oak, pine and redwood, and vineyards hugging the mountainside.

The Calistoga/St. Helena/Spring Mountain route doesn't have the panoramic views, but once you crest the ridge eastbound, there are any number of fabulous wineries in the Spring Mountain AVA you'll pass on your way down the windy road into St. Helena. If you choose this route, plan to stop in at a couple (most need appointments in advance, tho).

Once you've made your way onto Hwy 29 - from either route - continue northbound until you arrive at Castello, on your left.

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NanciInNapa

Thank you so much for this information. This is why I love Trip Advisor so much, because you get such valuable information that you cannot get anywhere else. Thanks again!!

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3. Re: Castello di Amorosa

Solbar would be an excellent choice for dinner! :)

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