We did a day trip from sfo to napa in nov 2013, and although castello di amorosa was probably the farthest winery, we decided to go for it. It took us roughly 5 hours (with 2 large breaks in between) to reach from SFO. There is a one way toll of 5$ while going towards Napa before crossing the bridge.
Once you reach the napa valley region, all you would see is wineries for miles and miles, on both sides :). There are pretty interesting places while going along the way, but we had made our mind on the castle. And we weren't disappointed. The entrance of the castle is grand, located on the top of a small hill, with a winding road leading to it. We went on a saturday, and parking was 95% full. However we managed to get a parking slot in not more than 10 mins right near the entrance (ticket counter).
We were a group of 5 friends and decided to take the standard tour + tasting ticket of 34$ per person. I would recommend this one as it includes the underground tunnel tour. We got the next avaliable timeslot of around 2.30 pm. We wandered and clicked a few pics until then. Post that our guide for the tour arrived, and took us though the entire castle. It was roughly a 30-45 min tour. Then underground in the tunnels. Again 15-20 mins there. And finally the wine tasting session which was of course the best. We took some chocolates along with the wine (you can buy them later if you haven't bought them on the ticket counter). I personally liked the sweet wines at the end. Our guide was very nice and jovial. And we really had a fun day @ the castle.
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