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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
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • General Tasting
  • Large Groups (8 - 12)
  • Lunch
  • Private Tasting
  • Special Event
  • Special Tasting
  • Tour and Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Wendy M. Member Since 3/14/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/19/18 12:00 PM

Excellent all the way around! Reed did an amazing job on our tour!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Patti & Kevin B. Member Since 4/23/2018
Tour & Tasting - on 5/21/18 10:30 AM

GREAT WINERY & JESSICA WAS GREAT !!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Paul F. Member Since 3/10/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/16/18 12:00 PM

Beautiful vineyard and facilities. Great tastings. Fantastic cellars. Interesting history.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Robert V. Member Since 5/14/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/21/18 12:00 PM

Grounds are like non other in Napa Valley. History is wonderful from Gil Nickel who came from meager nursery background in OK to re-invigorating the facility. Found it a bit strange they buy Chardonnay grapes from Carneros which is a bit disappointing even though I love the wine.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Yana P. Member Since 4/11/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/14/18 3:00 PM

The winery is absolutely amazing from the building, to the views- it's like a botanical garden! Our host was also very personable, kind and very informative. We had a private tour with only one other couple which made this experience even more intimate. The wine is delicious and the tasting is presented at a table with cheese pairing. We had a wonderful time and will be sure to return for a visit.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alan S. Member Since 9/2/2017
Tour & Tasting on 5/19/18 1:00 PM

Loved the wines , loved the winery. It was so great that as a member we brought two other couples and they both became wine club members!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Raj P. Member Since 1/12/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/18/18 3:00 PM

What a wonderful experience. We were about 20 min late due to the wine train delays. When we arrived the staff was so incredibly accommodating and made us feel welcomed. The private room tasting was excellent with a nice selection of cheeses to make the tasting just right. Our guide Stewart was knowledge about wine and the estate and the grounds were beautiful.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Shanon L. Member Since 4/4/2018
Private Indoor Tasting on 5/17/18 1:30 PM

It was by far our favorite experience in Napa Valley during our whole week there. Rory did a wonderful job hosting us. We can’t wait for our first wine club shipment!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jordan C. Member Since 12/29/2015
Chef's Table Tasting on 5/16/18 10:30 AM

Well done well paced and learned a lot!! John was very professional and a good educator

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jim T. Member Since 11/11/2015
Private Indoor Tasting on 5/15/18 3:00 PM

Private tasting in the cupola was great.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Laura L. Member Since 2/26/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/13/18 2:00 PM

Absolutely stunning

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Paul S. Member Since 3/13/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/12/18 3:00 PM

Gorgeous property. Great history. Wonderful wine.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Amy A. Member Since 5/3/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/07/18 1:00 PM

Far Niente's grounds were incredible! Absolutely beautiful and wonderfully taken care of. Rory was our tour and tasting hostest for the day- she was amazing! The tour was great, very interesting history at Far Niente and the caves were so neat to see.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nico F. Member Since 2/6/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/05/18 3:00 PM

It was an amazing experience, VIP all the way!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
John M. Member Since 4/22/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/08/18 3:00 PM

It was a beautiful property and a wonderful host.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Yousuf O. Member Since 3/22/2016
Tour & Tasting on 5/09/18 3:00 PM

Awesome experience every time we come and bring friends.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
William A. Member Since 5/7/2018
Private Indoor Tasting on 5/09/18 3:00 PM

Vincent was excellent in every way. We had a great tasting and a lively conversation. he took us on a brief tour of the facilities and we had an exceptional time.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ralph D. Member Since 4/6/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/07/18 2:00 PM

Would have liked to have tasted more whites. Our host was a bit of a promoter.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Lisa R. Member Since 3/19/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/04/18 3:00 PM

Thank you for a superb afternoon

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Glenn R. Member Since 10/5/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 5/04/18 3:30 PM

Wonderful experience from start to finish.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Daniel B. Member Since 1/9/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/29/18 10:00 AM

Outstanding experience. Great wine, car show, and landscaping.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mark E. Member Since 3/1/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/04/18 1:00 PM

Very nice visit until our hostess discovered we wouldn’t be joining the wine club or purchasing wine. After that, she had nothing else to say seemed clearly “miffed”. She couldn’t get us out of there fast enough. We visited a number of higher end wineries and this was the only one where we got the “cold shoulder”.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
Lori F. Member Since 3/8/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/24/18 3:00 PM

The grounds are just stunning, the wine is high end but very good! We loved the private tour and tasting experience. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fine wine!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mark B. Member Since 5/1/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/01/18 1:00 PM

A wonderful experience with a wonderful host!!!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Shannon T. Member Since 10/9/2013
Tour & Tasting on 4/29/18 12:00 PM

Beautiful facility and property. Very good customer service. Great wines and enjoyed the ability to taste the different wines owned by the family.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sara & Steve V. Member Since 4/25/2018
Tour & Tasting on 5/01/18 12:30 PM

Staff was great. Wine tour was the best we’ve ever experienced!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jennifer S. Member Since 4/6/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/30/18 2:00 PM

What a beautiful estate! The tour and tasting was spectacular.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Linda S. Member Since 11/19/2015
Tour & Tasting on 4/30/18 2:00 PM

The entire experience, especially the food pairing, was extremely impressive and informative. Great review on the history of Napa as well!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Carol D. Member Since 3/19/2018
Private Indoor Tasting on 4/18/18 3:30 PM

What a lovely visit! We arrived early for our reserved tasting, but they didn't mind. We had a private seated tasting with a very knowledgeable and helpful staff member. The wine was to die for. Exceptional. Learned a lot. Worth the high cost. Bought wine as well! Very subtle pairings of wine and cheese. Take a little extra time to see the beautiful gardens. #1 of all our winerey visits by far.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Patrick W. Member Since 1/6/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/28/18 1:00 PM

What a beautiful place! Everything was above and beyond. Most importantly, the wine was delicious!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ashley F. Member Since 12/6/2016
Tour & Tasting on 4/27/18 12:00 PM

A few reasons why I would not recommend this tour nor will I be buying Far Niente wine again. We felt rushed during the tasting. The guide told us we should be on our 3rd wine about 8 minutes into the tasting. It was also obvious our "guide" was being graded by a manager, which was just awkward. I have had much more personal, genuine, and thoughtful experiences for $80+pp. Overpriced tourist trap.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 3/5
Natalie & Dennis F. Member Since 6/28/2015
Tour & Tasting on 4/25/18 12:00 PM

Great ambiance and wonderful wine. Jessica was personable, knowledgeable and fun.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Tom H. Member Since 4/19/2014
Chef's Table Tasting on 4/24/18 10:30 AM

Amazing

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Dusty T. Member Since 12/16/2016
Tour & Tasting on 3/04/18 1:00 PM

n/a

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 3/5
gabriel y. Member Since 4/22/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/23/18 2:00 PM

sarah was a great host who was extremely engaging and welcoming. we loved exploring the estate and the sit down at the end was a good way to chat with our other group members.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Denise R. Member Since 1/11/2018
Private Indoor Tasting on 4/23/18 3:30 PM

Far Niente is exquisite, grounds beautiful, tour very thorough and wine delicious. Could not have had a better time.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Dean E. Member Since 3/19/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/21/18 3:00 PM

First Class from the minute we arrived til the second we left. Staff and personnel very knowledgeable insightful and helpful . Can’t wait to visit again .

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kate L. Member Since 4/16/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/19/18 12:00 PM

Far Niente was an absolutely wonderful tour. A host takes you through the property and then to a private tasting room. All of the staff were very friendly and made this a truly special experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lynn R. Member Since 8/10/2015
Chef's Table Tasting on 4/17/18 10:30 AM

Spectacular grounds that are absolutely gorgeous. Combined with spectacular wine, host and food pairings, this is a must go place! First class all the way.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sally M. Member Since 2/15/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/19/18 10:00 AM

Beautiful property, lovely wines, delightful host! We enjoyed our tour and tasting very much.

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