AKA: Sattui, Daryl, House, Calistoga, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Ardito, Paulo, Architect (firm); Paulo Ardito

Dates: constructed 2006

4045 North Saint Helena Highway
Calistoga, CA 94515-9609

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Napa County

Daryl Sattui, a vintner and deli owner in Napa County, CA, erected this reconstruction of a medieval Tuscan castle at a cost of $30 million. The castle's Great Hall measured 72 by 30 feet and had a 22-foot ceiling. Sattui (b. 1942) founded his Sattui Winery in 1975; by 2007, this enterprise attracted approximjately 400,000 visitors per year. He also owned a former monastery and a palce owned by the Medici in Italy. The building was first designed by a Danish naval architect, who was later replaced by the Italian architect, Paulo Ardito. The complex contained castellated walls, an iron-gate, five towers, labyrinthine wine vaults, a chapel, a great hall, a dry moat, and a drawbridge. The basement contained an antique iron maiden torture instrument, purchased for $13,000 in Pienza, Italy. In 2007, a castle tour and a wine-tasting cost $20.

PCAD id: 8692