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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
Matt H. Member Since 2/11/2014
Tour & Tasting on 2/17/18 10:00 AM

Far Niente is a beautiful winery that showcases the best of Napa Valley. There is so much amazing wine in the Valley that I can't say with any degree of certainty that it is the best wine available, however for the average wine enthusiast the wine is very good and the winery itself is head and shoulders above most other wineries with stunning landscape and views.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Henry P. Member Since 8/6/2015
Tour & Tasting on 2/11/18 10:00 AM

This was my third trip to Far Niente and as usual, it did not disappoint. The grounds are as immaculate as they are gorgeous - and are as well done as the winemaking FN is renowned for. I always recommend Far Niente to friends and family. Thanks guys!

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 M. Member Since 2/14/2018
Tour & Tasting on 2/15/18 2:00 PM

Reed, our host, was very knowledgeable and personable. Knew a lot of the history of the vineyard and a lot about wine. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience- just wish there was a tad more time for wine tasting.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Charyl B. Member Since 3/31/2010
Tour & Tasting on 2/16/18 1:00 PM

We are members of Nickel and Nickel, so we decided to taste here. It is really one of the most beautiful wineries in the Napa Valley! I would highly recommend visiting, and the wine is 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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Norma M. Member Since 4/15/2014
Tour & Tasting on 2/13/18 10:00 AM

Our tour/guide Reed Gomes was fantastic

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jim C. Member Since 1/23/2018
Tour & Tasting on 2/12/18 11:00 AM

Enjoyed our first visit to Far Niente. Wonderful wines and awesome facility. Will return.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Kris D. Member Since 11/13/2016
Tour & Tasting on 2/12/18 3:00 PM

Lovely grounds and wine, thank you.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Zachary L. Member Since 8/24/2015
Tour & Tasting on 2/11/18 10:00 AM

Not our first time to Far Niente, but it always manages to impress. It's the perfect mix of an amazing story, wonderful people, and, of course, absolutely delicious wine. Oh, and on top of that, the grounds are absolutely gorgeous. It's a combination that has kept us coming back, year after year.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Dawn H. Member Since 1/18/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 2/10/18 3:30 PM

From the time we walked in the door to the time we walked out with 10 bottles of wine, our experience was wonderful. Our host was fabulous and enjoyed chatting with her. She was very knowledgeable about Fsr Niete and convinced us we have to attend the Chardonnay party. As always a great 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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Samantha M. Member Since 10/23/2017
Tour & Tasting on 2/09/18 10:00 AM

Beautiful Grounds, Beautiful Wines, and a fabulous host!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Julie E. Member Since 1/20/2018
Tour & Tasting on 1/31/18 10:00 AM

Jon Moore was an excellent host taking us through the winery and the beautiful caves (my favorite part of the tour!). The wine and pairings were excellent. The grounds were stunning, even in winter, My husband especially liked the car collection and the history. Thank you for an excellent experience Far Niente!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Skip F. Member Since 1/22/2018
Tour & Tasting on 1/28/18 1:00 PM

Our hostess was the best. So hospitable and delightful,,

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Alex and Kerry O. Member Since 1/3/2018
Tour & Tasting on 2/01/18 3:00 PM

If you’re looking for something special, book a tour and tasting at Far Niente. After being buzzed in through the gate and parking, you are met by your host as you walk up to door and made to feel like family. You get a glass of Chardonnay to sip as you wait for the tour to start. The views are exquisite. The caves awe inspiring. The wines are superb and you are treated to an elegant experience.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Ali M. Member Since 9/28/2014
Private Indoor Tasting on 2/05/18 3:30 PM

John Moore was an excellent host! Thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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
Kendall K. Member Since 2/8/2014
Tour & Tasting on 2/05/18 10:00 AM

Upon entering the immaculately landscaped driveway, we knew we saved the best for last before our flight back home. This was our second visit to Far Niente and this time we brought my parents. This is by far the best tour in all of Napa. The service, tour and hospitality of the staff is 5 stars. We are wine club members and continue to be impressed with every shipment.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Fred S. Member Since 1/23/2018
Private Indoor Tasting on 1/31/18 3:30 PM

Experience was great as expected, bought lots of wine. Making room for delivery as I write this.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Masanao S. Member Since 7/8/2014
Tour & Tasting on 1/27/18 10:00 AM

We were so impressed your hospitality. I appreciated your all arrangement.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Ellen & Joseph L. Member Since 5/1/2015
Tour & Tasting on 1/26/18 10:00 AM

An exceptional and unparalleled wine tasting experience! We were promptly greeted by the Far Niente staff and guided along a pleasant tour of the spectacular property - not to be missed, one of the most beautiful in all of the Napa Valley. Our hostess, Jessica, was pleasant and gracious, well-spoken and knowledgeable. Highly recommended to anyone visiting the Napa Valley! :)

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jillian S. Member Since 3/17/2014
Tour & Tasting on 1/26/18 1:00 PM

Absolutely stunning grounds. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great tasting with views of a beautiful property. The caves were very cool as part of the tour!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Phil G. Member Since 8/12/2016
Private Indoor Tasting on 1/23/18 12:00 PM

Had a wonderful, informative, delicious and friendly tasting in the top floor of the winery, with great wines, perfect pairings, a spectacular view, and a knowledgable and patient guide. I love this winery!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Steven K. Member Since 7/13/2013
Private Indoor Tasting on 1/21/18 3:30 PM

Beautiful setting, elegant wines, great experience . Very knowledgeable

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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John A. Member Since 2/15/2016
Tour & Tasting on 1/20/18 2:00 PM

Our host was great, welcoming, engaging and educated. He was the best part of our experience. The cheese was wonderful. The wine selection, breadth of tastings was minimal. For an $80 fee, (we were free as N & N members) we both agreed that we could not recommend Far Niente to anyone. Sorry, we wanted to love the experience.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Carol K. Member Since 1/12/2018
Tour & Tasting on 1/20/18 10:00 AM

There were 6 of us and we all had a wonderful experience and would do it again in a heart beat

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Far Niente
1350 Acacia Drive
Oakville, CA 94562
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