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Amorosa Winery by chateaugrief Amorosa Winery by chateaugrief

Castello di Amorosa opened in 2007 and took 14 years to build.  It has 8 floors, four of them underground cellars, 107 rooms and is officially 121,000 square feet (not counting cellars).  The stone was quarried locally, supplemented with 1 million bricks from Italy and entirely hand-squared.  In the hills behind it there is a system of wine caves that go back nearly a quarter of a mile.  It even has a proper torture chamber, presumably for those who insist on drinking Chardonnay.

Built by a member of the Sattui family, who are 1880’s era San Francisco vintners and who got shut down during prohibition, the current Sattui patriarch got started again in 1976.  He built his first stone winery in 1984. The family celebrated 130 years of winery operation in 2015, minus prohibition of course, (plead the fifth). 

Napa county has a bit of a troubled relationship with this tourist powerhouse and has issued cease and desist orders saying they can’t hold a Catholic mass (what unlawful transubstantiation? srsly?), that they can’t hold weddings or wedding receptions (they can hold corporate retreats and fundraisers...), and has generally exhibited the sort of Calistoga hissy-fit towards new buildings that the county is famous for.  Napa is apparently unbothered by the chickens and emus that roam the grounds though.  Go figure.  Amorosa has quickly become one of the most popular wineries in the area, which should give you an idea of why the local machine wants to keep it in check. 

The castle caught on fire in 2016, allegedly due to an unattended candle in the torture room.  I would have liked to be the firefighter writing up that report.  Being, you know, stone, the castle suffered minimal damage.  

The other interesting tidbit that I found was that they make a botrytised Gewürztraminer, among the usual array of reds.  This is the ‘noble rot’ and it’s very rare for a California winery to be moldy enough to manage it.  Terroir is the name for localized climates in wineries.  It has unique terroir.

Xander thinks it’s small and unimpressive, but what does he know?

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Daxserv Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017
a fav for a llama much better than a return don't you think, you work is very individual and interesting to view
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your nice comments and support!
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ReaderByLamplight Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
This is truly remarkable : the mellow atmosphere of sunset, the peaceful setting, the background of low hills and fir trees, the proud anachronism of the crenellated architecture... To my (probably Euro-centric) mind, your paintings -- which, incidentally, are really worthy of that name, digital though they may be -- are imbued with an old-world feel, and this wonderful piece, for obvious reasons, is a small apotheosis. Combining the old medieval dream of Romanticism with the warm glow of California, it looks as if the Rhine gold had spilled over to pastures new, far to the west.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I certainly can't take credit for the idea of putting a medieval castle right in the middle of Napa valley, but I do think it was a good idea!  America should have more castles.  Castle building should be encouraged. :)  thank you!
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ElMacedonio Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
Thx for the llama, buddy! Nice work, come see my profile
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
welcome!
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Debbielish Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful!! :wow: I love the tiny details on the vegetation! And the castle looks like it took a lot of effort! :faint: The atmosphere and the lighting is amazing, and I fell in love with the clouds! :clap:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  I really had fun painting the stonework!  
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Gmatty Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
Gorgeous work!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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BraVad3r Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
now that is dope
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Shadowwright Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
Love the history tidbit on this. Hmm....what was going on in the torture chamber that someone left a candle lit down there?  Just what kind of torture is there in store for anyone who insists on drinking Chardonnay...the imagination could run wild!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Haha,  I'll bet the incident entertained the local fire department.  :)
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gabrielgunello Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Woooooow, wonderful art! I'm amazed! 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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kayly101 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful pic :heart: 
It makes me feel happy for the warm feeling from the sun onto the castle ^.=.^
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the nice comment and glad to hear you enjoy the picture!
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kayly101 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing your skills :heart:
Woo! Keep it up! :rose:
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WhoAreYou1978 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Beautiful work and an amazing story ,  thanks for sharing :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
glad to hear you enjoy it!
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WhoAreYou1978 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
A Pleasure :) 
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HayJayne Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to live here and drink forever...
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
That is one of the good features of living in a winery....
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GudServo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
This is magical!!
AWESOME
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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GudServo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
No thanks needed, your art deserve it all
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DemonicDivine Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
you know what I'd say ;) amaizing like always, nothing changed :) btw I like the reflection of sun on the castle.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your nice comments!
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TimNykyri Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, this castle has been built in California. Interesting story... Especially like to me who is a lover of wine and good food. Great work as always.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I think it's the only proper castle I've ever heard of in the United States. (Sorry Hearst)  Stone by hand cut stone.  So impressive and huge!  
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TimNykyri Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
The United States is not in medieval history such as Europe, of course, long history of Native Americans. but certainly an incredible sight.
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Two-Tailed-Warrior Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, that's a beautiful piece! Must have cost a LOT to build that place.
But a cease and desist order? Oh, California.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I can't imagine the hoops they had to jump through to get the building permits.  
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feliceness Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Wow!

I write stories in my spare time. None are published. They are just for me. I  have a set of  stories about 6 siblings. Each has their own story from their own point of view. In one section of each story is their mother who is getting remarried. I wanted someplace beautiful and meaningful to the story. I researched and found the Castle of Love. (Castello di Amorosa) I thought it was beautiful and was impressed by the idea of an American castle. Yes, I a aware that they don't do weddings. My story is fiction and just for fun.

It's so funny, I am actually at the scene in my last characters story. You have given me more information than I had. I am going to use it!

Thank you!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds interesting!  
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G-abi-K Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic, I like these colors :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your nice comment!
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G-abi-K Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :)
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SoniaIGGY883 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Oh my god GIF Adventure Time - Blushing Intensifies too pumped, hyped OHH - Rigby 

This is the first time (on DA .. cause it's not my habit, probably) I see an artist makes intense atmospheres and describes personal experiences like this.
(I don't wanna fight with others .. she deserves it, so shut up and die everyone flamming like monkeys! XD) 
And the story (also the background linked) of this castle it's soo much interesting and funny, specially for your point of view .. chickens and emus XD
--> "... (what unlawful transubstantiation? srsly?)" :humant: and the cherry on the pie "Go figure"Emotipony Derpy 

I understand what you mean with ruin a place, not giving the respect it deservesfacepalm 
I'm totally surprised and satisfied to read your adventure and how you drew it suprise 

Ps: I'm not a wine connoisseur, not so much expert in this .. so don't blame me if I have seen something wrong or strange...
"California winery to be moldy"?? .. you mean the process of fermenting/brewing the aroma and the taste of the wine?
And that place plus the clima is a bit incompatible for the wine's fermenting?  
(I'm not so good in english by the way, let it gooo .. let it gooo)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  When a winery uses the process 'the noble rot', they leave the grapes on the vine much longer than normal.  As the weather gets colder, molds begin to grow on the grapes.  The winery carefully tries to seed the correct molds in their vineyard, so that only the correct one is there.  The mold takes liquid out of the grape, making it shrivel.  The remaining juice is more concentrated and sweeter than before and makes a special type of wine.  California is usually quite sunny and warm through the fall, so getting the right crop of mold is difficult.  That's why I noted the unusual aspect of their winery.   
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SoniaIGGY883 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
Aaaah .. okie, I'm sillyEmotipony Derpy 

I've understood what you mean now, with this mold ... and how it grows and change the quality of the wine.
Yeah .. not so much good in english, I'm learning yay 

Thanks for the answer Pikachu Yay Plz 

It look likes very yummy!!Victini Nom Plz 
I mean .. to drink XD
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Elizabeth--T Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa....amazing, as always. :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Elizabeth--T Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
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DJKittyCat2 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This. Is. Gorgeous! <3
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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DJKittyCat2 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :3
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banner4 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing
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