The Vineyards of Castello di Amorosa

“Our philosophy is to make elegant, intensely flavored, and well-balanced wines that showcase the “terroir” of each unique vineyard site. In this way, we can experience the flavor and aromas of the vineyard itself. We are committed to using traditional approaches to the craft of winegrowing and winemaking, but also incorporate modern techniques and equipment when it improves quality.”  – Dario Sattui

Villa Amorosa Vineyard

Villa Amorosa, Napa Valley

This 30 acre estate vineyard surrounds the Castello in the rolling foothills of the Diamond Mountain District, and is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, Primitivo, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. The unique, porous volcanic soils and extended sun exposure above the fog line help to produce rich and powerful Cabernet Sauvignons with chewy textures and diamond-hard tannins. Fruit from this vineyard goes into our Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, and Gioia Rosato di Sangiovese.

Varietals Grown: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, Primitivo, Malbec and Petit Verdot

Diamond Mountain AVA

Butala Estate Vineyard, Napa Valley

This 12-acre Castello Estate vineyard is located in the newest Napa Valley sub-AVA of Coombsville, just east of the town in Napa. It has very rocky, red volcanic soils and steep hillside slopes. It was planted in 1989 to several rootstocks and clonal selections of Cabernet Sauvignon, with one small block of Merlot. These 25-year-old vines produce a small crop of highly concentrated fruit.

Varietals Grown: Cabernet Sauvignon

Coombsville AVA

Cresta d'Oro Vineyard, Sonoma County

Originally named Pillow Road Vineyard, this newest Castello estate vineyard is located in the sub-AVA of Green Valley, on the southwestern edge of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. Situated only 15 miles from the coast, calm, foggy mornings give way to warm afternoons and cool, breezy nights, providing a perfect climate for growing Pinot Noir. Michael’s Vineyard is planted with 12 acres of clones 115, 777, and Pommard 4, which are nourished by the Gold Ridge sandy loam soils of this historic district. The 2015 vintage was the first release of this Pinot Noir under the name Michael's Vineyard. The 2016 and 2017 vintages were bottled under the Three Arrows Ranch name, and the 2018 vintage onward will be named Cresta d'Oro Vineyard.

Varietal Grown: Pinot Noir

Green Valley AVA

Morning Dew Ranch, Anderson Valley

This Castello Estate vineyard was purchased in 2015 from Burt Williams, founder of the iconic William Selyem Winery. The 12 acre vineyard, located just west of the town of Philo in Anderson Valley, is in a very cool microclimate and divided into 9 blocks of Pinot Noir planted with DRC, 115, 777, Rochioli, 23, and 828 clones. It will be sustainably farmed by our Vineyard Team and Manager, David Bejar. We anticipate the first release from this vineyard to be the 2016 vintage, which will be released to the public in 2018. Morning Dew Ranch was named one of the Top 5 Pinot Noir Vineyards in Anderson Valley in February 2018 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine (Jim Gordon).

Varietal Grown: Pinot Noir

Boonville Ranch, Anderson Valley

This Castello Estate vineyard is located just south of the town of Boonville in Anderson Valley, a coastal valley region famed for Burgundian and Alsatian varieties. This 34-acre ranch was planted in the late 1990’s to Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, and Riesling. Our Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of five clones from this vineyard: 777, 115, DRC, Calera, and 667.

Varietal Grown: Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer and Riesling

Melanson Vineyard

Melanson Vineyard, Napa Valley

The estate is one of a handful of exceptional vineyards that share an enchanted slope on the rugged eastern ridges of the Napa Valley called Pritchard Hill. This 42-acre property and 10.5 acre vineyard sit in peaceful isolation on a boulder-strewn hillside with remarkable views of Lake Hennessey and the Valley floor below. Embracing the rugged terroir, they are committed to working with the assets Mother Nature has given them: rich Sobrante Loam soils loaded with volcanic rock, elevations averaging 1,200 feet and distinct southern and western exposures. The gift of elevation places the vineyards above the fog line and allows them to receive maximum sun exposure throughout the day providing even ripening.

Varietal Grown: Cabernet Sauvignon

Rutherford AVA

Morisoli-Borges Vineyard, Napa Valley

Mike Morisoli farms this vineyard, located on the west side of Highway 29 and just south of Niebaum Lane, within the heart of the famed “Rutherford Bench.” The
Morisoli Family started growing grapes in western Rutherford around 1900, and this particular vineyard was purchased by Mike’s parents in 1971. Now sustainably farmed by the 4th generation, much of the vineyard was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in the late 1980s with a smaller area redeveloped in 2006. This wine comes from a blend of these “old” and “young” blocks, and it expresses the Rutherford appellation’s famous “dust” character, with its unique soft, silky tannins.

Varietal Grown: Cabernet Sauvignon

Rutherford AVA

Don Thomas Vineyard, Napa Valley

This 6 acre vineyard, planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon, is nestled in the rolling hills that define the western border of the Rutherford AVA in Napa Valley. Located at the valley’s widest point, Rutherford receives more sunlight during the day than other parts of the valley. This, combined with a wide variance of daytime to nighttime temperatures (average fluctuation of 12 degrees in the summer months) allows the fruit to ripen at a steady pace, and helps to make the Rutherford AVA the most famous of Napa Valley’s nested appellations for growing Cabernet Sauvignon.

Varietal Grown: Cabernet Sauvignon

Rutherford AVA

Rapp Ranch, Napa Valley

Long established as a premier horse ranch in the rural countryside of southern Napa Valley, is located in the heart of Coombsville. The defining characteristics of Coombsville, the newest sub-appellation in the Napa Valley, are the long, cool growing seasons that reward patient winemakers with intensely concentrated and complex wines. Our single vineyard Cabernet from Rapp Ranch is inky purple in color, with an imposing structure that frames a mouthful of savory spices, blackberries, and wild herbs. The tannins are silky and smooth, leading to a remarkable impression of black fruits and lingering flavors on the palate.

Varietal Grown: Cabernet Sauvignon

Coombsville AVA

Henry Ranch, Napa Valley

This was formally an old cattle and dairy ranch, dating back to the one of the original land grand from General Vallejo. It lies at the foot of the Napa Valley, almost on San Pablo Bay. With the Pacific maritime influences emanating from the bay daily, the region is a strong Region 1 (2000 to 2500 DD,) which plays host to the very early ripening varieties such as Riesling and Pinot Noir. For those varieties requiring warmer environs, there are some marvelous microclimates located in higher elevations (more sun and deep draining soils,) as well as in and around the clefts of hills on the property. The land occupies two appellations, Los Carneros and Mount Veeder. The Cabernet is grown in warmer, eastern hills of the property, actullay in the Mount Veeder appellation. The Property lies in the heart of the Carneros Disctrict (Spanish for ram) in fact, Carneros Creek runs through the center of the ranch. Here, good wines are produced every year.

Varietal Grown: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir

Los Carneros AVA & Mount Veeder AVA

Voyager Vineyard, Napa Valley

Located on the Silverado Trail just south of the town of Yountville, the Sangiovese fruit from this vineyard tends to exhibit wild berry and spice aromas classic to its variety, yet the intensity and texture of the wine more closely resembles a fine Cabernet Sauvignon.

Varietal Grown: Sangiovese

Yountville AVA

Terra de Promissio, Sonoma County

"The Land of Promise" is a family owned and operated vineyard that grows Sonoma Coast pinot noir grapes. The vineyard is located in the Sonoma Coast AVA, outside Petaluma, California in Sonoma County, Terra de Promissio has an ideal terrior for pinot noir grapes. The soil, southwest sun exposure, hill elevation, vine density and the wind and fog of the Petaluma Gap allow the Terra de Promissio grapes to have a slow maturation and extended hang time, which allows optimum ripeness. THese are ideal conditions for the pinot noir grape and part of the formula for quality that results in intensely flavored wines.

Varietal Grown: Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast AVA

Boschetti

Boschetti Vineyard, Sonoma County

This old vine Zinfandel vineyard was planted in the 1920's by Pietro and Centurio Boschetti. The Zinfandel "clone" grown is a mystery lost to time, but the knowledge needed to dry-farm these old vines has been passed down 4 generations to Pete Boschetti, who farms the land to this day. The long, cool summers and alluvial soils in the Russian River Valley allow the fruit to ripen late in the season, yielding fruit that is intense in character yet balanced in structure and acidity.

Varietal Grown: Zinfandel

Russian River Valley AVA

Bien Nacido, Santa Barbara County

Bien Nacido Vineyards (meaning “well born”) is an iconic American vineyard located in the Santa Maria Valley along the central California coast, which has been producing highly acclaimed vintages for over 40 years. Family owned and operated by the Miller family, a fifth generation California farming family, its proximity to the Pacific coast allows for one of the longest growing seasons in California, punctuated by warm, sunny afternoons and cool, foggy nights. This temperate climate, paired with shale-rich soils and constant but gentle ocean breezes, provide the perfect terroir for the cultivation of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah on the property. Bien Nacido Vineyards has been named one of the Top 25 Vineyards in the World by Wine & Spirits Magazine, and in 2010 the California State Fair named it their "Vineyard of the Year."

Varietal Grown: Chardonnay

Santa Maria Valley AVA