Storming the Castle at Castello di Amorosa’s Midsummer Medieval Festival

Castello di Amorosa announces its seventh annual Midsummer Medieval Festival on June 21, 2014. The festivities will commence at 6:45pm and last until 11:00pm, offering a wide array of medieval activities, including a full-contact Jousting Tournament, displays of horse and swordsmanship, and a sumptuous feast fit for any king or queen, all paired with the Castello’s hand crafted, Italian-style wines.

“This is the highlight of the summer season for us at the Castello,” says President Georg Salzner. “We love to see our guests in their medieval costumes enjoying a beautiful summer evening here in Napa Valley!”

Wine club members and guests are invited to don their best medieval garb and assemble at Lake Mario above the Castello, where they can toast their favorite knight or damsel at the Castello’s full-contact Jousting Tournament, as armor-clad knights compete in feats of strength and speed from atop charging steeds. Guests also have the opportunity to test their own skills with archery and sword fighting lessons, or watch with wine glass in hand as the mail-clad Companie di Bjornstad demonstrate sword fighting techniques and catapulting in the medieval village they have created especially for the evening behind the Lake.

Once the tournament and festivities have concluded, lords and ladies are escorted to the Castello’s beautiful 14th century-inspired courtyard for a lavish Royal Feast, including whole roasted suckling pig and fresh summer vegetables. Throughout the evening, minstrels and jugglers will entertain guests as they dine and drink, and of course, dinner is presented in true “medieval” fashion: guests get to eat with their hands!

Guests are encouraged to attend the event in medieval-themed attire for this evening of food, wine and revelry at the Castello. Cost is $125 for the winery’s Wine Club members and $155 for non-members. Ticket price includes complimentary shuttles to select Calistoga hotels. Contact the Castello’s Wine Club at 707-967-6274 for costume suggestions and more information.

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