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.