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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fantasy Rehearsal Dinner at an Italian Castle in Wine Country

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Autumn Millhouse
Photo courtesy of Castello di Amorosa

Do you dream of celebrating your impending nuptials with your closest friends and family in an unforgettable setting? Well, this ideal rehearsal dinner spot is equipped with a wooden drawbridge, a medieval fireplace and scenic stone towers—everything a princess could want. Unfortunately, Castello di Amorosa can’t hold weddings due to a Napa County ordinance, but it does allow for romantic rehearsal dinners. Here they host the best wine education tour and tasting outside of Italy.

Amidst the deep green forest high above the Napa Valley vineyard floor lays Castello di Amorosa (Italian for Castle of Love), a majestic Italian castle that opened in 2008. Rebuilt stone-by-stone by Italian artisans featuring hand-painted murals, a torture chamber and a wine cellar jam-packed with luscious Italian varitels that are only sold on-premise.

Open daily for wine tours and tastings, this romantic winery is also the perfect stop on destination wedding tours of wine country. Enjoy "The Romance of Italy: The Wines of Napa Valley" tour where you get to ride in a horse drawn carriage before you taste your wine. What could be more romantic? More than a tourist attraction, this beautiful venue offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perhaps reconnect with your groom’s Italian culture and provide a back-drop that is only seen in movies.

Happily-ever-after is guaranteed.

About: Autumn Millhouse is a local travel writer, international trekker and self-proclaimed “hopeless-romantic.” Author of the hugely popular Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples, she is currently working on two books with similar themes dealing with travel and romance. Check out her blog here.

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