Castello di Amorosa hillside luxury in Napa Valley, California
If passion can run amok, Sattui’s has. The castle, intended to showcase his Castello di Amorosa label, was originally designed to cover 8,500 square feet. But his love of architecture and all things Italian overwhelmed his intent.
The resulting edifice measures 121,000 square feet, with 107 rooms on eight levels, four of them underground. Some 8,000 tons of stones – including basalt and sandstone – were chiseled by hand and set individually. Leaded glass was imported from Italy. Gargoyles were handcarved. A maze of narrow hallways below ground measures 900 feet and leads to several chambers filled with wine barrels and artifacts.
Even nails were made by hand to stay true to the original process.
The cost of this eccentricity? Sattui has previously put it at $30 million, but he prefers to avoid the question now.