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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 Pairings
  • General Tastings
  • Large Groups (8 - 12)
  • Lunchs
  • Private Tastings
  • Special Events
  • Special Tastings
  • Tour and Tastings
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
Raymond N. Member Since 2/7/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/10/18 12:00 PM

Wonderful tour, wine & experience!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Mary A. Member Since 1/4/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/12/18 10:00 AM

We loved our tour of Far Niente, the grounds are absolutely beautiful and your staff is fantastic!!!! The cheese served with our wine tasting was delicious, we can' wait to come back again!!! Thanks for an absolutely wonderful day!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jennifer S. Member Since 3/8/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/14/18 12:00 PM

This winery and tour are above and beyond anything you would expect. It looks beautiful online but the grounds and winery are absolutely breathtaking in person. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. We would definitely recommend going there!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Winnie K. Member Since 3/2/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/03/18 12:00 PM

Far Niente winery is such a lovely winery with lots of beautiful flowers and trees around. Excellent hospitality and providing detailed and lively explanation about the history of the winery. The wines are excellent, my friends and i enjoyed a lot.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sara S. Member Since 4/3/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/11/18 12:00 PM

Far Niente was absolutely gorgeous and the wine was delicious! This was our favorite vineyard in Napa!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Robert C. Member Since 9/10/2013
Tour & Tasting on 4/13/18 1:00 PM

The grounds on the property is amazing.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Charlotte W. Member Since 3/12/2018
Tour & Tasting on 3/26/18 3:00 PM

Beautiful property and wonderful tour and tasting experience!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Maricar S. Member Since 4/9/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/09/18 3:00 PM

We were warmly greeted and we thanked the hostess for accommodating us. The vineyard and property were just gorgeous, from the beautiful landscaping to the immaculately kept caves. The tour was intimate and well paced. We learned quite a bit and got to know our group during the tasting. We had a wonderful experience, easily our favorite from the other vineyards we visited on this trip!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Angie T. Member Since 4/5/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/10/18 3:00 PM

I was very disappointed taking a friend from Florida to this Winery thinking she would have a great time. It was a beautiful Winery but the tour guide seem to think that she knew what a limit was on my friend and myself on how much we had to drink. We were having a good time and did not do anything whatsoever in the wrong. She decided to close the door on us as soon as we started to go for the tas

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mike Z. Member Since 7/9/2013
Cave Collection Tasting on 4/05/18 4:00 PM

Our cave collection private tasting at Far Niente was fantastic! Our host, Sarah, was very knowlegable and friendly. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised when Sarah poured the 2002 Estate Cabernet. It was by far the best wine we tasted all week. Call ahead for reservations. You will not be disappointed.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Blair L. Member Since 4/1/2018
Tour & Tasting on 4/04/18 12:00 PM

Wonderful wines, beautiful Landscapping, fabulous tour and great staff. This was our favorite winery in Napa.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lorin B. Member Since 3/26/2018
Private Indoor Tasting on 4/02/18 3:30 PM

From the gate to the parking area is a harbinger of what lies ahead. The gardens on the stone stairway to the main building were stunning. My host, John was polite, personable and very accommodating. The wine selection proved to be the best feature. I joined a club and look forward to our continued association.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
John G. Member Since 3/7/2017
Tour & Tasting on 3/30/18 11:00 AM

Made our appointment for both Far Niente and Nickel and Nickel through their friendly hospitality staff. We had a great day. Brought my wife, mother and step father. Loved the beautiful scenery, and enjoyed the fantastic wine. We went to Far Niente in morning, had lunch at Brix and nickel and nickel in the afternoon. All I can say is it was a great Napa day trip.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Carolyn M. Member Since 3/7/2018
Tour & Tasting on 3/18/18 11:00 AM

We had a great time here - our first winery visit in Napa and set the bar high. My parents became members of the wine club and have been in awe and impressed with everything. From checking in for our tour to becoming a member, we had excellent service. Well done - favorite and best experience in Napa.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Scott T. Member Since 12/3/2016
Private Indoor Tasting on 3/27/18 3:30 PM

Beautiful and inviting

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Melissa H. Member Since 12/30/2017
Tour & Tasting on 3/28/18 3:00 PM

We loved the tour and tasting. The grounds at Far Niente were beautiful and the tasting experience was relaxing and fun!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ron B. Member Since 3/5/2018
Tour & Tasting on 3/19/18 2:00 PM

Absolutely a WOW factor! Everything from the grounds on the tour to the wine tasting was fabulous....thank you so much! Carol and Ron Bradley

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Courtney S. Member Since 3/27/2018
Tour & Tasting on 3/27/18 2:00 PM

Everything about Far Niente was 5 Stars! We were greeted at the door by Reed, who met us with a glass of wine and a smile! He gave us a wonderful tour of the property discussed the history of the property and their wine making process. The tasting was the best I have EVER had! Each glass came with a special pairing and was quite the experience! I cannot wait to return!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
John S. Member Since 1/6/2018
Chef's Table Tasting on 3/27/18 10:30 AM

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Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Donna T. Member Since 9/7/2017
Chef's Table Tasting on 3/22/18 10:30 AM

Our visit to Napa was such that we were one of the first Members to experience Far Niente’s new Chef's Table offering. Rory Kandel, our host, took us for a lovely stroll around the property and then we went inside for the wine tasting paired with an array of fabulous amuse bouches presented by Chef Sarah Walz. The experience in a word – Amazing!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Gerry N. Member Since 3/23/2018
Tour & Tasting on 3/26/18 2:00 PM

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Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Christine P. Member Since 2/11/2018
Tour & Tasting on 3/25/18 11:00 AM

Excellent

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ellen F. Member Since 3/5/2013
Private Indoor Tasting on 3/24/18 10:00 AM

Excellent service and ambiance! Can't believe I haven't gone there before. Will definitely recommend to all friends and family going to Napa Valley in the future.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
John S. Member Since 3/13/2014
Chef's Table Tasting on 3/20/18 10:30 AM

Far Niente is a beautiful and elegant location. The tour was great. This was a wine tasting with food pairing and the experience was fantastic. The host and chef were both enjoyable and engaging. We loved the opportunity to compare the wine on its own and then with the food. Definitely an experience I hope they continue.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Patty & Rick R. Member Since 2/3/2017
Tour & Tasting on 3/22/18 10:00 AM

what an absolutely beautiful property and wonderful wines and experience. Reed was a superb host, and we had a great time. Can not wait to do it again.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
David L. Member Since 11/4/2011
Tour & Tasting on 3/22/18 1:00 PM

Beautiful Grounds and building with a fantastic tour of the cave, grounds and don’t forget about the wines! The tasting included cheeses and nuts which were paired extremely well and showed the best of each of the wines. If you don’t think that’s you like late harvest try the Dolce! Paired with Bleu Cheese it is way out there. The reds and whites are truly some of the best in the valley.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Katie A. Member Since 2/26/2018
Tour & Tasting on 3/20/18 12:00 PM

We had a great time and really enjoyed our private tour with our host, John! The grounds were beautiful and touring the wine caves were awesome.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Gena L. Member Since 3/13/2018
Tour & Tasting on 3/19/18 12:00 PM

Beautiful winery

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Bill R. Member Since 1/7/2014
Private Indoor Tasting on 3/08/18 3:30 PM

We've been wine club members for years and have visited for wine-tastings many times over the years, usually bringing family or friends. This was the first time we had private wine-tasting experience in the Cupola, however, and it was greatly enjoyed by all.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Patrick S. Member Since 3/15/2018
Tour & Tasting on 3/16/18 12:00 PM

We had a fantastic experience that far exceeded our expectations. From the drive up to the winery, greeting by our host Sarah to the tour and finally the tasting, we could not have asked for anything more. Beautiful ornamental grounds and views of the vineyards compliment the historic winery and network of storage caves. Far Niente is easily our best winery experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Vincent H. Member Since 1/20/2015
Tour & Tasting on 3/15/18 12:00 PM

Took a group of 12 to the winery for the tour and tasting. Everything from the dramatic entrance, the welcoming glass of wine as well as the knowledgeable folks was very welcoming to our group!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alan L. Member Since 3/13/2018
Private Indoor Tasting on 3/15/18 1:30 PM

This is a MUST stop on anyone's Napa Valley itinerary, Vincent was a fantastic guide. The setting in the tower offered great views of the valley. The cheeses complimented the wines perfectly. If you are a wine lover you cannot miss the Far Niente experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Donna D. Member Since 11/22/2016
Private Indoor Tasting on 3/13/18 3:30 PM

The grounds are beautiful and a warm welcome. We had a wonderful tasting with Rory. Beautiful wines in a beautiful setting - can't ask for anything more. Top of my list for tastings!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Courtney M. Member Since 3/15/2018
Private Indoor Tasting on 3/15/18 3:30 PM

Beautiful view and delicious wines!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jason H. Member Since 7/15/2013
Tour & Tasting on 3/10/18 1:00 PM

Beautiful property and excellent wines. Really enjoyed our visit and our host was very knowledgeable. Look forward to going back.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mike M. Member Since 3/8/2018
Tour & Tasting on 3/09/18 10:00 AM

Rory met us with genuine warmth. Her knowledge and delivery of it was extensive and very interesting. She engaged the entire group and we all had a fabulous time. Wine and food pairing was first class. We’ve already recommended to several people.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Scot L. Member Since 2/15/2018
Tour & Tasting on 3/09/18 1:00 PM

A great experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Scott G. Member Since 6/30/2014
Tour & Tasting on 3/08/18 3:00 PM

Far Niente not only makes great estate wines but are always very gracious hosts We have visited a number of times and have always brought a number of first time guests with us to experience the same level of hospitality Thank you

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Celina I. Member Since 3/1/2018
Tour & Tasting on 3/09/18 2:00 PM

The grounds at Far Niente were beautiful! The staff was very kind and our guide was very informative. We had a lovely wine tasting and the cheeses paired with each wine were amazing! I would absolutely recommend to a friend. Anani was our guide and he was excellent!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alisdair C. Member Since 2/15/2018
Tour & Tasting on 2/22/18 3:00 PM

Very good tasting and wine tour

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