Awesome Tuscan war castle Wine adventure !

  • October 13, 2013 · 9:30 AM
  • State park mail Box at Larkmead Lane

This may be the last outing here until maybe sometime in late Nov. ??  Then nothing until Feb. 2014.

Always a very long & fun day.  The tempo builds & by the time the castle tour is finished after our wine tasting, everyone  goes wild;  and I have to call the castle guards to remove them from the bowels of the castle. Aka:  Dungeon & Torture Chamber.

No joke !!  This is a special day out of the ordinary.  


Directions: From anywhere in the Universe get to hwy 29 North to St. Helena.  Go thru town & thru the tunnel of trees & past the C.I.A.( Culinary Institute of America).

The meet up location is about 3 miles from the CIA.  Go past the Bale Grist Mill sign.  Go past the fire dept.  Go past Bale lane &  look to your right & see Madrigal winery. Go 1 blk. past & hit LARKMEAD LANE on your right.  Go just past the big Park mailbox & park against the bushes facing East. ************ The address on the mailbox is 3801  The zip code for Calistoga is 94515.  

We will shuttle a short distance from this point.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: A beautiful 5-7 mile moderate trek gradually up to Coyote peak for nice Southern Napa valley views.  Mixed forest of Bay, Laural, Oak, Madrone , Manzanita & the farthest eastern grove of coastal redwoods in Ca.

Fern lined creeks & bridges. Rocky viewpoints.  Silent & lush valleys. A waterfall. (May be just a trickle at this time) A great log walk. (optional) & more.

Lunch will be above the Castle with wine at a private island & lakeside location.  Just us as I'm the only one allowed to use this area.  Lucky us.  (It's good to be friends with the owner)  Dario Satui of the famed V. Satui italian wine family.

Then we will take a short stroll to the high vineyards for fab. valley views & then cross the Drawbridge & Moat & dropgate as we enter this original replica of a Tuscan style War castle.

This took 17 years to construct & used no cement.  Much was imported from Italy & local craftsman also created the finer art & interior designs, etc.

We will have a short castle tour  & then have our wine tasting in a private room on one of the eight levels of the castle.  (Castelo Di Amorosa)

I'll supply/pay parking fees, Water, Juice, Tea, snacks, Trail bars, Energy Drinks, gourmet Fruit & Nut packs, hiking poles,car shuttles,  & wine at our picnic location.

Cost $25. ($ or Chk).   The castle tour & tasting is $19.00 and is optional, but well worth it. (Too much fun to miss it).  If you are not a wine drinker I can still arrange your entry into the castle.

If you are not too tired after this we, usually have our dinner option to continue our fun with old & new friends.

*****Yes it's a long day ; so go to bed early on sat. night.  I never eat, sleep or drink, or get tired. But the  regular members already know this.

Bring a guest & wear good hiking shoes .  We will be under shade about 75% of the time.

More info later; as i usually forget something.

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  • Tom B.

    Most photos will be posted on the Backroads site. See what you all missed! Except for Vince.

    October 14, 2013

  • Vince

    The very best event I've been to on meet up. Actually it's only the second event. Kinda new here.

    October 14, 2013

  • Tom B.

    The last date for this outing will be in Nov. None again till Spring 2014.

    If you want a special day out of the ordinary; then sign up & really show up !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2013

  • Tom B.

    I don't think any came from this group?????????? What were they thinking ????????? A blast of a time for all. They just don't know that they don't know what they missed????/
    No single minglers in this group???

    October 14, 2013

  • Suzanne

    Sorry I am not going to be able to make it at the last minute. Hope it is a great day.

    October 13, 2013

  • Ileana

    Do you have space for one more?

    October 12, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Please don't be late as many are attending, & the bathroom issues (5) will only be available & none on the trails.
    My#: [masked]

    October 11, 2013

  • Tom B.

    This event is over full as I was off the computer for 3 days & it up fast. ???

    I have 35-45 attending. Yikes !! Last castle event of the yr will be in late Nov.

    October 9, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Aloha Vince; You can always contact others for carpooling at my backroadswineandnatureadventures (meetup site)
    There are always many coming from this group.
    They come from all over the bay area & even Sac & Stockton.

    October 3, 2013

  • Vince

    Does anyone want to carpool from the South Bay? My car can seat one other comfortably or two more in the back which might be a little tight because it's a two door coupe. No need to worry about gas cash because I'm headed up there regardless.

    October 3, 2013

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