Despite the strong jetlag, my aunt and I braved the cold streets of San Bruno to catch the first BART train to El Cerrito Del Nort station. We then had to ride a bus for more than 2 hours to reach Castello di Amorosa. The commute to reach "The Castle," as it is locally known, was not smooth. It took us almost 4 hours both ways and we got lost along the way but it was definitely worth the trip.
My aunt and I don't drive (Manila traffic is just way too cumbersome thus my distaste for driving) so we had to research carefully how we can reach Napa Valley with whatever public transportation is available. Good thing San Francisco is commuter-friendly so we were able to navigate without having the need for Uber or a taxi. We initially were looking at guided tours on Viator and Expedia but none of the tours offered both Castello di Amorosa, which was my choice, and Oxbow Public Market, which was my aunt's choice. In the end we consulted rome2rio.com for directions on how to get to both places using public transportation instead. If you are a non-driver just like us, I highly recommend rome2rio. It will give you the exact buses and times to reach your destination.
There are so many options for wineries in Napa Valley but Castello di Amorosa is something that caught my attention because it is a castle. We initially booked a tour for 10:30AM that includes a tour of the dungeon but we missed it because we got lost. We got off at Calistoga which is the last stop for buses in Napa Valley. We were supposed to get off at the castle's bus stop. We cancelled the tour and just bought a regular ticket when we arrived.
The place looks huge from outside but the areas where you will be allowed to walk around is quite small so a good 1.5 to 2 hours tour is enough. This already includes the wine tasting that comes with your ticket. The regular ticket allows you to experience 5 different wines produced in-house. My aunt and I actually tasted about 8 wines and both of us were nauseous after. I don't drink hence my low alcohol tolerance. I was walking around lightheaded and I felt like falling asleep. I had to drink water after and sit for a good few minutes to sober up. It was quite the experience!
If you want to know more about Castello di Amorosa, you can check them out here: http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/ I bet this place would look even more gorgeous at the height of fall. The fall foliage would definitely make the place dreamy.