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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 Experiences
  • 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
Ambiance 5 Star Ambiance Rating 5/5
Kimberly W. Member Since 12/6/2017
Tour & Tasting on 12/30/17 1:00 PM

Wonderful experience...loved the tour and tastings!

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
Priscilla G. Member Since 1/9/2018
Tour & Tasting on 1/18/18 11:00 AM

First class! The staff the wine the accommodations entire tour were unbelievable. The best at Napa Valley has to offer!

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
Kelly P. Member Since 12/30/2017
Tour & Tasting on 1/14/18 2:00 PM

The grounds are absolutely stunning. I wish we could have gone on a longer tour of the grounds. Plenty of wine (and a good range) to drink; the small bites were lovely and perfectly paired with the wines. The small group is much appreciated. Tour itself was a bit boring. There were a few fun stories, but not the most interesting.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Kevin E. Member Since 1/3/2018
Tour & Tasting on 1/15/18 2:00 PM

Beautiful grounds. However, the pourer was not very personable. Didn’t take much time to explain/describe the wines. Glad I didn’t pay $80/person for this since I’m a member at Nickel & Nickel. I don’t plan on returning.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Janelle R. Member Since 1/12/2018
Tour & Tasting on 1/13/18 10:00 AM

We had a wonderful time at the winery! The tour was fun and informative. Sarah was so sweet, knowledgeable, and accommodating through it all. The grounds were beautifully maintained and offered many areas to visit and lounge. The wine tasting was good. The only reason I did not give 5 stars overall was because of the price for the tour and the wines.

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
Julie and Alex V. Member Since 10/16/2014
Tour & Tasting* on 1/13/18 12:00 PM

Amazing grounds, amazing wines, very cool car barn with vintage cars. The tour was educational and entertaining. My favorite Cabernet Sauvignon wine in Napa Valley, and the Dolce (Liquid Gold) dessert wine is so good.

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
Denise C. Member Since 1/4/2018
Tour & Tasting on 1/10/18 10:00 AM

Rory and Vincent are excellent tour guides! Being at Far Niente is like being in a fairy tale. What a beautiful place filled with friendly staff and wonderful 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
Bruce G. Member Since 1/5/2018
Tour & Tasting on 1/07/18 11:00 AM

Very impressive property, especially the wine caves. Staff was gracious, welcoming, and knowledgeable. Wines were awesome (especially chardonnay). Best cheese pairing ever!

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 E. Member Since 1/9/2016
Tour & Tasting on 1/06/18 10:00 AM

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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
Brian P. Member Since 12/9/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 12/10/17 12:00 PM

Nice setting and tasting. Would have wanted a better tour of property.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Alison H. Member Since 2/8/2014
Private Indoor Tasting on 1/06/18 1:30 PM

We called at the last minute and an appointment was made without a problem. We were greeted warmly, offered a place to sit and wait for our host and enjoyed the atmosphere. Our tasting was held upstairs which was private and afforded us a nice view of the property. I've known your red wines for many years and it was wonderful finally being able to have a first hand 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
Robert T. Member Since 1/3/2018
Tour & Tasting on 1/06/18 12:00 PM

One of the most beautiful facilities in Napa Valley with of course the best tasting 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
Sebastian A. Member Since 1/3/2018
Tour & Tasting on 1/06/18 10:00 AM

Nice area with very helpful staff. Intimate tasting setting as well as an interesting tour with historical details.

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
Juan L. Member Since 1/3/2018
Tour & Tasting on 1/04/18 2:00 PM

What a wonderful experience, the staff was superb and the ambience was unmatched. We enjoyed the tour of the winery that has so much history; the wine tasting with the cheese pairing really made you appreciate the quality of 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
Ellen & Joseph L. Member Since 5/1/2015
Tour & Tasting on 1/03/18 3:00 PM

A pleasant tour through the beautiful property of Far Niente, followed by a wine and cheese pairing not to be missed. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND anyone visiting the Napa Valley to experience Far Niente and the exquisite wines they produce.

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 F. Member Since 12/23/2017
Tour & Tasting on 1/03/18 3:00 PM

Superb

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 S. Member Since 8/13/2016
Tour & Tasting on 12/28/17 3:00 PM

Our guide, Jessica, was excellent. It felt like our group had a personalized tour, which made it really fun. The winery and wines are amazing. We had one person in our group that needed accommodation, and it was handled so seamlessly that we all had a great time. Thank you

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
Chris and Laura W. Member Since 7/30/2011
Tour & Tasting on 12/28/17 2:00 PM

We are club members at Nickel and Nickel so we visit both properties every year. The property is amazing and the staff is extremely knowledgeable. There is never any pressure to buy but the wine is so good you will always leave with a bottle or three.

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
Lee A. Member Since 11/10/2017
Tour & Tasting on 12/27/17 3:00 PM

Best of all. Period

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
Brandon T. Member Since 5/7/2017
Tour & Tasting on 12/23/17 1:00 PM

I recommend the tasting to those who want a comfortable, calm tasting experience for both great white and red wines.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Jim M. Member Since 11/29/2017
Tour & Tasting on 12/23/17 1:00 PM

Very much enjoyed the entire visit. We especially enjoyed our host, Reed. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Far Niente, the local area and wine in general.

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
Robert S. Member Since 6/13/2016
Tour & Tasting on 12/20/17 10:00 AM

Great atmosphere! John was fun, and very informative! Best winery in Napa Valley!

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
Fred S. Member Since 12/11/2017
Tour & Tasting on 12/16/17 2:00 PM

Compared to what's available in Napa -- or anywhere in Wine Country for that matter -- FN is a surprisingly weak experience. You learn nothing, you taste little, and you are herded through the property like cattle. There is a lot of pomp and posturing around wines that are pretty average. I suppose that's to be expected. They really need to rethink their hospitality offering.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Tony H. Member Since 4/28/2017
Tour & Tasting on 12/17/17 2:00 PM

Always 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
Romeo Y. Member Since 9/21/2016
Tour & Tasting on 12/15/17 11:00 AM

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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
Jose M. Member Since 3/14/2014
Tour & Tasting on 12/10/17 2:00 PM

Pleasant experience with the receptionist, host, and entire visiting party.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Kathleen & Bill L. Member Since 11/21/2017
Tour & Tasting on 12/10/17 2:00 PM

We had a terrific time visiting Far Niente last Sunday. I had mistakenly booked Far Niente instead of Nickel & Nickel, but was not disappointed. The folks at Far Niente were gracious enough to wait for us while we scrambled to make it to the correct location. The cellars were amazing and the wines were fantastic, but the friends (old and new) made all the difference.

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
Dean C. Member Since 4/11/2014
Tour & Tasting on 12/09/17 2:00 PM

What a delightful experience. The tour through and the tasting top class. would highly recommend the experience to anyone who has an interest in fine 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
Robert S. Member Since 6/13/2016
Private Indoor Tasting on 12/09/17 3:00 PM

Fantastic!

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
Cindy P. Member Since 8/22/2015
Private Indoor Tasting on 12/07/17 10:00 AM

Truly one of the most stunning wineries in Napa. And their wines are equally as impressive.

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
Monique B. Member Since 4/13/2016
Tour & Tasting on 12/04/17 11:00 AM

Our hostess Jess was wonderful. She was extremely knowledgeable of the history of the property as well as the wine. She made us feel very welcome in a relaxed atmosphere. Excellent 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
Merrily &Tom B. Member Since 3/23/2016
Private Indoor Tasting on 11/28/17 1:30 PM

First class from any point of view. Professional staff, lovely surroundings, great wines. Far Niente focuses on two varietals - cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. Far Niente partners also produce a late harvest dessert wine called Dolce a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Tastings are staged events with cheese pairings. The hostess we were very lucky to have for our tasting was fantastic.

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
Steven G. Member Since 11/30/2017
Tour & Tasting on 12/01/17 2:00 PM

Sarah was great and had a lot of knowledge About the wine and so much history of the property.

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
Per W. Member Since 11/14/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 11/29/17 10:00 AM

Excellent reception, hospitally and quality of wine received

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
Nicole H. Member Since 11/19/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 11/26/17 10:00 AM

Excellent 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
Eugen E. Member Since 10/31/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 11/26/17 12:00 PM

Just Amazing

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
Kenneth U. Member Since 11/1/2014
Tour & Tasting on 11/25/17 12:00 PM

Visits have always been first class. FN is how I envision all wineries to be like.

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
Travis H. Member Since 11/11/2016
Tour & Tasting on 11/25/17 11:00 AM

The host was very friendly, fun, and knowledgeable. She made sure it was lively. The winery was beautiful and the wine 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
Rozanne S. Member Since 8/26/2014
Tour & Tasting on 11/19/17 1:00 PM

Beautiful property and excellent time. Wines are heavenly.

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
Brian C. Member Since 1/11/2016
Tour & Tasting on 11/17/17 12:00 PM

Overall my experience was very good (this is my second time back). Reed was a great host again and went out of his way to make sure everyone was having a good time. I was a little disappoint at the arrival this time (last time they had our names on a board along with guests and made us feel much more at home). Given this was a special trip for our honeymoon I was expecting something similar.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5

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1350 Acacia Drive
Oakville, CA 94562
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