Two astute readers posted in less than an hour that, indeed, Daryl Sattui’s winery home is his castle.
Sattui apparently took the whole “chateau” or “castello” thing literally and built himself a castle. In Napa. Let’s go to CNN for the details:
Daryl Sattui set out to build a modest, 8,500-square-foot winery. Millions of dollars and 120,000 square feet later, he’s king of a wine country castle complete with drawbridge, dungeons and nifty little slots for the old boiling oil trick.
If neighboring Sterling Vineyards decides to make a move, he says with a chuckle, “We’ll be ready.”
So far, the chief invaders of Castello di Amorosa — “Castle of Love” — have been tourists and wine-lovers, eager to get a look at the 13th-century-style Tuscan castle that sits on Diamond Mountain, just south of Calistoga on Highway 29…
The roughhewn walls and ceilings contain bricks hundreds of years old, all imported from Europe — there are 850,000 in all…A room in the castle is dedicated to Vittorio, it features dusty old bottles, most empty but a few still labeled and corked, that come from his original winery.
Shocking detail, Josh, about the kid ban! If a reader has penetrated the castle walls, comments from the inside are welcome.