The first winery was Nichelini which was started in 1884 by homesteaders Anton & Caterina Nichelini. They planted olive trees and vines and started up making wines. Nichelini is the oldest family-owned winery in the Napa Valley.
We tasted a number of wines and wound up buying two bottles. It would have been nice to acquire more wine but storage considerations in the motorhome prevented this.
|Gerry by the winery|
Wikipedia write up.
The castle interiors, which include 107 rooms on 8 levels above and below ground, cover approximately 121,000 square feet. Key details and building techniques are architecturally faithful to the 12th and 13th century time period. Among many other features it has: a moat; a drawbridge; defensive towers; an interior courtyard; a torture chamber; a chapel/church; a knights' chamber; and a 72 by 30 feet great hall with a 22-foot-high coffered ceiling.
The torture chamber has an authentic 300-year-old iron maiden which Sattui states he bought for $13,000 in Pienza, Italy, a replica rack, prison chambers and other torture devices. The great hall features frescoes painted by two Italian artists who took about a year and a half to complete and showcases a 500 year old fireplace.
The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet in length. Beneath the castle are a 2-acre barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the wines-all sold only at the Castle
|Along the moat|
|Am I too early for dinner?|
|Heading down to the cellar.|
|Courtyard in the castle|
|Old wine cart and other antique leftovers|
|Windy day on the tower|
|Some of the vines|
After the tour and tasting we decided to drive further down the road and wound up in Calistoga. We drove around the town. It looked like a nice quaint place and had a busy downtown area. We wound up having dinner at a local Mexican restaurant and enjoyed our meals. Gerry couldn't finish hers since it was so large, and brought half of it back to the motorhome for lunch on Monday.
We've extended our time here until Tuesday and hope to hit some more wineries on Monday and also check out some Sonoma wineries. That's the plan as of now, subject to change.
Now it is time to have some flan for dessert and get ready for bed in preparation for a busy day tomorrow.
That was our day, how was yours?