Awesome Tuscan war castle Wine adventure !

We haven't done this for quite sometime.   This is a special wine & hike adventure not to be missed. 

 A moderate 7 mile trek to 1170 ft.  Great Southern Napa valley views. Beautiful shaded forest of mixed trees, Manzanitas, Madrones, Oaks, & the farthest Eastern grove of Ca. coastal redwoods.  Verdant valleys, bridges, fern lined trails along creeks, a waterfall, large log walk, & more.

Lunch takes us to a private island & hidden lake location.  Wine comes with your lunch here.  Relaxed views across the water while we are eating .   Then on to more scenic views & on to the castle grounds.   Crossing the Moat & drawbridge, we enter this authentic Tuscan style castle .  Much of it comes from Italy.  The rest made by craftsman.  No cement used in the 15 year building process.  And yes there is a Dungeon & Torture room.

Whinners will be tossed down there.  After a short outside & inside tour we will settle in our own private wine tasting room.  All of the wine can only be purchased at the castle. (No stores or other wineries)

 ****This is not your ordinary day hike in the countryside.

Itinerary:  READ CAREFULLY:

9:30 am meet time.   Shuttle to parking & trailhead & bathrooms.

10:05 am. leave on hike. 

 Late lunch at private island & lake location at approx. 2:15 pm. 

3:00 pm leave for  vineyard crest view & castle entry.

3:15 pm. Get entry tkts & bathroom stop.

3:30-45  pm.  Wine tasting in castle & in private room if available. (depends on size of group)  

5:30 pm. Some may leave & some will stay till 6;00 pm close.   

6:00 pm.  After event dinner option.  (TBA)

**Cost & What you get:  carpooling & shuttle,  paid parking fees, a great hike, great people, Water, Juice, Tea, Energy drinks, Snacks, Gourmet fruit & Nut packs, Trail Bars, Soda, hiking poles, & WINE w/lunch. (You bring your own lunch)  25.00

The castle entry tour & wine tasting is 18.00. (Optional)  But well worth it.  NOTE:  You can pay 20.00 - 30.00 or more  in Napa County for just one winery tasting stop.

NOTE:  You may wish to bring after hike shoes for the castle.(comfortable)

This is a great value for a long one day mini vacation. 

Bring good hiking shoes, camera, layered clothes as we will be under shade about 75 % of the time.

You are so lucky to be able to be there.  

Amen.






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  • Tom B.

    My crappy camera & I had all the pics put on a CD & they still came out sideways or upside down. Crappola !!!!!!!!!
    The mini prints were all ok. So I cleared the memory card & now it's all screwed up.

    Maybe a computer Guru in the group can get these rotated.

    A ..20 cent donation from only a thousand members would buy a decent new camera.

    But then again, I could lose it, etc. I must have Kamnera Karma.

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Yes. I'll post them tomorrow. Thurs.

    September 11, 2013

  • Diane W.

    Hi Tom - are you going to post the pictures from your camera?

    September 10, 2013

  • Wanda

    Fun day and great group of people

    September 10, 2013

  • Tom M

    It was certainly warm, but it did not diminish a beautiful day. A great group, Tom B's bridge troll act, good wine, and the amazingly detailed castle, all contributed to a memorable day.

    September 9, 2013

  • Tom B.

    It was warm, but I changed the route to make it cooler, etc. A Relaxing wine picnic , lakeside & then they all were let loose into the castle.
    After our private winetasting in the castle; the wild wahines & a few manly men couldn't be stopped as they rampaged thru the bowels of the castle near the Dungeon & ransacked the Torture Chamber. I had to coral them soon or I would be branded as a pillaging pirate.

    Than quiet time with all the animals & birds as they were herded back into jail....er condos. We didn't leave the castle till well after it had closed. Lot's of places to hide until the Guards had retreated. Several were no shows. (Very Bad, bad,bad,bad, members) One more N.Show & the ax will fall. So: If you missed this ( a real good excuse might do?)
    It will be scheduled again for Oct. 13th.

    September 9, 2013

  • Nancy H

    Cool place. Wish we had more time to explore there.

    September 9, 2013

  • Annie

    What a beautiful place to spend a Saturday

    September 9, 2013

  • Diane W.

    Well my pics didn't turn out so well. I hope we can see some more

    September 8, 2013

  • Tina

    Thanks Tom for a a great adventure, hiking ,stories, wonderful people.

    September 8, 2013

  • Diane W.

    Fantastic adventure today. I had a great time with everyone and thanks Tom for making this happen for us!

    September 7, 2013

  • Nancy H

    Arrived home safely. Thanks everyone for a fun filled adventure.

    September 7, 2013

  • Nancy H

    Here! Silver Nissan 370z. Nancy

    September 7, 2013

  • Tom B.

    I see more are flaking out, or got sick, or can't decide or can't get up or can't get a ride, or will be partying all night Friday, whatever. Or maybe their mean boss called them into work.
    And give them $$ for it. terrible. We will be having a great time anyway.
    Try & make the next event here in the future.

    ***I have a few options available for those who wish to tour the castle but don't wish to wine taste. I'll tell you later when you arrive. Thus far ; I;m picking up one person at Stanly lane & hwy 121/12 just off of hwy 29. at 8:30 am.

    September 6, 2013

    • Leslie

      Tom. Do you have room for one more person?

      September 7, 2013

  • Sharon L.

    SORRY, TJ, can't make it tomorrow now... Kid's issues.. Ugh!!

    September 6, 2013

  • Diane W.

    I'm in the Castro Valley/Hayward area. Is anyone carpooling? I'm hoping I can catch a ride and share gas expense.

    August 22, 2013

    • Sharon L.

      HI, TJ: Are you still offering carpool tomorrow morning from Hayward area? Please confirm with me ASAP!! THANKS!!

      September 6, 2013

    • TJ

      Yes Sharon, that would be great. Im out on the bay and wont be home till late. Leaving at 7:30. [masked] lv msg

      September 6, 2013

  • Tom M

    I can pick up 1, 2, or 3 at the NW entrance to WC BART Sat. I can be there at 8 and plan to leave shortly thereafter. Interested riders please confirm by 10 pm Fri if you want to carpool. I have a small red SUV.

    September 5, 2013

    • Larry

      The BART train station in Walnut Creek

      September 6, 2013

    • Sharon L.

      HI, Tom: Are you still offering carpool tomorrow morning from Walnut Creek area? Please confirm with me ASAP!! THANKS!!

      September 6, 2013

  • Bill

    I gotta cancel. Evening plans too close time-wise... and I got to watch what I spend this weekend!

    September 6, 2013

  • Bill

    I gotta cancel. Evening plans too close time-wise... and I got to watch what I spend this weekend!

    September 6, 2013

  • Dongdong C.

    Ol

    September 6, 2013

  • Dongdong C.

    Hoplpllrppp

    1 · September 6, 2013

  • Tom B.

    It will get warm, but we will be under shade about 85 % of the way. Tall redwoods also. Our lakeside picnic will be shaded also.

    September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to cancel. I thought this was on Sunday. Have fun everyone.

    September 6, 2013

  • Carla Christine L.

    Wish I could join... :(

    September 6, 2013

  • Joan F.

    Take me off email please

    September 6, 2013

  • Tom B.

    I will be available to pick up 3-4 in my car at 8:30 am. at the corner of hwy 121/12 & Stanly lane. Coming N. on hwy 29, go over the Napa river bridge & turn left at the light. 121/12. Go 1 blk to stanly lLane. Turn right & park in front of the fence/gate.
    I have a white BMW.
    The Saturn has a broken Thermabobblecoupleacallit.
    [masked]

    you must call, text & email if you want a ride. This is an easy location to find off hwy 29. It is just South of Napa. We must leave soon thereafter to make the 9:15 meetup time.

    This is a long & fun day. So don't miss it !!!!!!!!!!!

    September 5, 2013

  • Nancy H

    Coming from Sacramento if anyone would like to ride with me.

    September 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Nancy would you be willing to swing through Emeryville for me?

      September 5, 2013

    • Nancy H

      The closest I get to Emeryville is Fairfield before heading up 12 towards Napa. Quite a bit out of the way. Sorry.

      September 5, 2013

  • Susanna van G.

    So sorry to miss this, have babysitting duties on Saturday :(

    September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone arranges carpooling from Moraga area?

    September 2, 2013

    • Diane W.

      Castro Valley/Hayward

      September 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Diane I'm in Emeryille and may opt to drive I I have a partner. Please call me[masked]

      September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So, I wish I can meet at Orinda but if everyone is going meet at Walnut Creek Bart station, that 's fine too, but what time ?

    September 5, 2013

  • Ruth F.

    Sounds great
    What is the name of the castle is there anyway to look it up on Google.

    Anyone coming from Marin to share the drive up north?

    Ruth

    September 3, 2013

  • Debbie

    Hello,
    My friend and I are considering attending. It's my first Meetup event, can someone clarify how we RSVP and pay? Should my friend sign up for the same Meetup group to RSVP or can I RSVP for me plus a guest? Thanks for your help,
    ~Debbie

    September 3, 2013

    • Tom B.

      Aloha Debbie; It's almost full !! Just rsvp & get on the roster. You can pay when you get there. cash or check. The castle portion is optional, but not to be missed. They will take a C.C.

      September 3, 2013

    • Debbie

      Thanks for your reply Tom. I'm not 100% sure I can get back into town for Saturday otherwise I would RSVP now. I am assuming I need to be fully confirmed to RSVP, correct?

      September 3, 2013

  • Tom M

    Hula Tom- I looked at the linked map and did not see Larkmead Lane. Please provide more specific directions to the assembly location.

    September 2, 2013

  • Nancy H

    My first outting with this group. Looking forward to it!

    September 2, 2013

  • Jenni W.

    Looks like a blast, but I will have to catch you on the next trip.

    August 21, 2013

  • Annie

    Can't wait..sounds like a wonderful day!

    August 21, 2013

  • Tom B.

    NOTE: Go just past Larkmead lane (On the right) & by the large mailbox & park against the bushes facing East.
    More directions, etc. later.

    August 21, 2013

  • Annie

    Looking forward to the Castle Trip on the 7th, may be able to bring a friend, is there a deadline for updating?

    August 21, 2013

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