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About Far Niente

Founded in Oakville, California in 1885 and restored in 1979, Far Niente is consistently recognized as a benchmark producer of Napa Valley Chardonnay and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Founded in Oakville, California in 1885 and restored in 1979, Far Niente is consistently recognized as a benchmark producer of Napa Valley Chardonnay and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Art on Display
  • Gardens
  • Ghost Winery
  • Historic Building
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • By Appointment Only
  • Private Tastings
  • Wine & Cheese Pairing
  • Wine Caves
  • Wine Club
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
Overall Score 5 Star Overall Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star First Impression Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Hospitality Rating 5/5
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Terrence W. Member Since 7/24/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 10/02/17 1:30 PM

From arrival it was awesome! So accommodating and engaging. Gave us just enough history to be useful intertwined with the pure joy of tasting a fabulous wine. Would go back in a heartbeat!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Ken G. Member Since 9/26/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 10/04/17 12:00 PM

Our host, Hillary MCGonigle was beyond perfect. She made us feel welcome as well as important. It was as if we were her only clients for the day. She made every moment feel special. Our guest who were visiting fro Ireland stated the Far Niente was the highlight of their months trip to the US. Cannot thank Hillary enough. The entire experience was beyond wonderful

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Michael D. Member Since 9/25/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 10/08/17 3:00 PM

The grounds were beautiful. The main house where we had our private wine tasting upstairs was immaculate. Our hostess, Rory, was wonderful. She was engaging, informative and extremely pleasant. Thank you! We look forward to returning to your beautiful property.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Rick B. Member Since 4/26/2016
Tour & Tasting on 10/07/17 11:00 AM

Most beautiful winery in Napa Valley - and, oh yeah, the wines were AMAZING!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Jennifer A. Member Since 8/20/2017
Tour & Tasting on 10/07/17 12:00 PM

Beautiful grounds, informative, tour guide Sarah excellent, tasting room so warm and comfortable, wine excellent and pairings were perfect

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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richard b. Member Since 8/8/2017
Tour & Tasting on 10/07/17 12:00 PM

Excellent beautiful property,setting... Sarah our guide was excellent

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
John B. Member Since 3/7/2017
Tour & Tasting on 10/07/17 10:00 AM

Wonderful

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Blake F. Member Since 4/9/2015
Private Outdoor Tasting on 10/06/17 12:00 PM

Great wine Great ambiance Tasting could have gone better

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Kathryn W. Member Since 8/29/2017
Tour & Tasting on 10/05/17 3:00 PM

The whole experience was great! From the tour to the wine tasting! Bar far one of our favorite spots!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Cal W. Member Since 9/20/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 10/05/17 11:30 AM

Beautiful grounds great historic story

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Kent E. Member Since 7/12/2016
Tour & Tasting on 10/02/17 11:00 AM

Our experience was awesome and we loved our guide! Thanks for an awesome morning

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Nick P. Member Since 9/12/2017
Tour & Tasting on 10/02/17 10:00 AM

Stellar

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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David T. Member Since 6/27/2015
Tour & Tasting on 10/02/17 12:00 PM

Amazing property, the gardens are incredibly beautiful! Very relaxing! We did the tour and tasting, Hillary was informative and experience was very educational! And of course, the wines are Amazing.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Joseph C. Member Since 9/16/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 10/01/17 11:30 AM

We had an amazing experience. Top notch host, wine, setting, food pairing. It was one of the best of our trip. We look forward to doing it again. And will certainly recommend to all of our wine loving friends.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Donna P. Member Since 10/3/2012
Tour & Tasting on 9/28/17 12:00 PM

very nice great tour

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ellen & Jeff H. Member Since 10/13/2016
Tour & Tasting on 9/29/17 12:00 PM

Once we met our host Reed, all was good. He was so nice, knowledgeable and made us feel at home. He took very good care of us and we cannot wait to come back next year

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Anthony M. Member Since 6/11/2013
Tour & Tasting on 9/28/17 1:00 PM

We had a wonderful experience. Our hostess was very cheerful and informative. The grounds are beautiful and we definitely enjoyed the wine.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Alicia J. Member Since 9/21/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/27/17 11:30 AM

Outstanding ambiance, wines, cheeses, and sommelier Jessica!!! One of two vinyards we joined the wine club. Highly recommend.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Michael C. Member Since 8/3/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/27/17 2:00 PM

Our host John did a great job. We learned a great deal during our tour and met some very nice people!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
KRISTINE O. Member Since 9/21/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/27/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful grounds and caves. Friendly staff that didn't try to oversell. Very knowledgeable.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Russ L. Member Since 9/16/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 9/26/17 10:00 AM

Excellent wines, great ambience and knowledgeable staff.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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David R. Member Since 8/7/2015
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/25/17 1:30 PM

Can't say enough good things. From the ambiance, the grounds and the people all top notch!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Laura S. Member Since 9/6/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/24/17 2:00 PM

The grounds are beautiful and our guide Charles was very knowledgeable and fun. The wines are amazing! What a first class experience!!!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Dr. Kevin L. Member Since 5/14/2015
Tour & Tasting on 9/23/17 12:00 PM

Wonderful, personal --A true EXPERIENCE Loved the stories and the beauty

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Sharon & David W. Member Since 9/5/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 9/19/17 1:30 PM

Beautiful winery and setting, very accommodating staff, and our wine guide Vincent was awesome. His pairing of imported cheeses with Far Niente wines was excellent. Thank you for a wonderful memory of Far Niente.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Shan N. Member Since 8/25/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/22/17 12:00 PM

We are members and have been fans since we first visited many years back. Brought our friends this time and they loved it too. Beautiful property and caves are impressive. Thanks for a wonderful experience as always.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Alexandria D. Member Since 9/6/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/19/17 10:00 AM

The grounds are unbelievable. This was the most gorgeous winery that we visited on our trip. The wine was also fantastic!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Elaine H. Member Since 1/15/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/19/17 10:00 AM

This was a gorgeous property with charming hosts that we fell in love with. Wine and cheese tasting was fabulous. We ended up joining the club we liked it so much.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Roberto F. Member Since 6/19/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/21/17 12:00 PM

The greeting at the door could have been a bit warmer. Our host, however was amazing.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Robert B. Member Since 8/6/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/21/17 11:00 AM

The grounds are spectacular! We thoroughly enjoyed the tasting and tour. Our guide, Sarah was amazing- she answered all our questions and we had a great time. We will definitely come back!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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david d. Member Since 8/6/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/20/17 12:00 PM

Fantastic tour

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Diane S. Member Since 8/9/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/18/17 11:30 AM

Beautiful grounds and relaxing atmosphere. Excellent tour through the wines with a knowledgeable guide.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Donald W. Member Since 8/25/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 9/17/17 3:00 PM

Really well done. A very upscale experience

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Cindy H. Member Since 7/31/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/17/17 3:00 PM

Our experience at Far Niente was by far our favorite of our 4 day Napa trip. Anani was our guide. He was so pleasant and informative. He accommodated our lack of mobility, but still gave a really nice tour. The vineyard and grounds are absolutely beautiful. The gorgeous weather we had didn't hurt either.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Maribeth N. Member Since 8/4/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/17/17 3:30 PM

From the drive in to the drive out it is a 5 star event. It's beautiful and well kept. I felt like I was in my own backyard enjoying beautiful wines by the bridge. I will tell everyone to come. What a great last stop for us. But it will be a first stop when we come again !!!! Jessica was a perfect fit for us. We loved her and will enjoy our shipment and order again and again

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Rogers D. Member Since 8/8/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/15/17 12:00 PM

We were blown away by the beauty of the grounds. My wife and I had the private tasting lake side on an idyllic patio. Hillary was informative and charming as she talked about the winery and the wines. The wine and cheese pairings were amazing and we loved that we were able to sit by the lake by ourselves for a little bit to just take it all in. We cannot recommend this experience highly enough.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
patrick m. Member Since 7/12/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/15/17 3:00 PM

Tour and guide were fantastic! Wine pairing was exceptional and memorable. Highly recommended!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Eric & Judy R. Member Since 5/2/2014
Tour & Tasting on 9/16/17 10:00 AM

Wonderful

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Cathy K. Member Since 5/2/2014
Tour & Tasting on 9/11/17 11:00 AM

We really enjoyed the tasting at Far Niente. The wine was amazing and the cheese they paired with it was delicious. Our host was friendly and knowledgeable about the wine.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Stephen K. Member Since 8/4/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/16/17 2:00 PM

Very professional...Very warm. A true wine-learning experience about the Far Niente brand, their goals for their products and the importance of the customer. Far exceeded our expectations.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5

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Far Niente
1350 Acacia Drive
Oakville, CA 94562
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