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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
Ambiance 5 Star Ambiance 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
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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
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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
Glenn R. Member Since 6/1/2015
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/14/17 1:30 PM

The grounds are spectacular. The wines amazing. Could not have wished for a better 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
Ted C. Member Since 5/3/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/15/17 1:00 PM

It was one of the best tours by far. Vincent was our guide and was awesome. We can't stop talking about how cool it was from tasting the grapes to the private wine and cheese pairings.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jaclyn S. Member Since 7/31/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/10/17 10:00 AM

An amazing experience from beginning to end! The grounds are beautiful and the staff is very knowledgeable and hospitable! Andrew was phenomenal! Wines of course are delicious! Thanks for a wonderful 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
Mark C. Member Since 8/16/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/13/17 12:00 PM

Great tour and tasting.

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
Hans W. Member Since 9/8/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/13/17 10:30 AM

Great place, with great wine and friendly personalized service. Slightly expensive, but definately worth the money.

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
Aimee A. Member Since 3/27/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/13/17 1:00 PM

The penultimate winery hands down. The vistas, tour and of course the tasting was first class all around. Jessica our tour guide was fun and her knowledge of the winery and wines 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
Dolores T. Member Since 8/27/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/13/17 12:00 PM

Far Niente is "heaven on earth". Our experience at the tour and tasting was superb. The staff was very hospitable and knowledgable. I highly recommend a visit to others who want a delightful experience in Napa Valley.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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William P. Member Since 7/11/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/12/17 3:00 PM

Beautiful grounds and facilities. Staff was nice and knowledgable. Wine is some of the very best. All good things.

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
Heidi F. Member Since 9/10/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/10/17 10:00 AM

Great experience. Beautiful winery. Ryan was awesome.

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
Barbara S. Member Since 4/9/2013
Private Indoor Tasting on 9/11/17 12:00 PM

My experience was exceptional- I would not change a thing. Hillary was informative & delightful. I will bring many a friend - (I live local) I posted it on my FB page & my out of town BFF's want to experience it "next time"-

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Linda M. Member Since 9/8/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/08/17 12:00 PM

Great wine!

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
Stephen L. Member Since 9/7/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 9/07/17 10:00 AM

A most beautiful setting white delicious wines

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jeff K. Member Since 8/8/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/07/17 10:00 AM

We had a great experience! Our hostess, Sarah, did a great job and made us very comfortable and welcome. We enjoyed the wines too!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jane M. Member Since 6/24/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/08/17 11:30 AM

I would recommend Far Niente to anyone. It was a class wine tasting among beautiful surroundings. The wine, of course, was outstanding!!!!!!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Scott A. Member Since 9/6/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/07/17 1:00 PM

This tour was recommended by a colleague and I see why. It was a real treat. The grounds of the winery are amazing and the cave tour was appropriately brief but very impressive. The wines are fabulous and the cheese pairings were perfect to highlight the product. Great atmosphere. Knowledgeable and classy without any of the wine snobbery.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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seamus m. Member Since 9/7/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/08/17 12:00 PM

Stylish and sophisticated environment. Terrific sense of place and gracious hospitality. Wines are a wow and the atmosphere engages one to buy wine and enjoy the moment.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jonathan L. Member Since 8/2/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/08/17 3:00 PM

We arrived late to our appointment. We can live with those repercussions. The young man who who caught us up to our group was cold, unwelcoming, and very inhospitable. After I told him that I was Ryan's graduating classmate he became even more inhospitable. Rory was surprised that this person didn't introduce anything about the winery to us. Hospitality requires effort. Rory absolutely has it.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Noel C. Member Since 3/27/2016
Tour & Tasting on 9/05/17 12:00 PM

This is a beautiful property with great wine. However, we did not find the "tour" to be much of a tour.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Lawrence L. Member Since 7/18/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 9/05/17 12:00 PM

Enjoyed the offered wines and walking around the Estate

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Michael P. Member Since 8/24/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/06/17 3:00 PM

Jessica S was great! Knowledgeable, friendly, great pace to to tour and fun!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Linda F. Member Since 8/20/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/06/17 2:00 PM

Yawn, beautiful surroundings but nothing special about the wine or people there. Robotic tour

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Kathleen H. Member Since 8/22/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/06/17 3:00 PM

High end premium quality wines in a beautiful estate setting.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Gary D. Member Since 8/2/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/01/17 10:00 AM

A most excellent experience from Bruce Mooers and his hospitality team during Chardonnay harvest and very hot day of 118 degrees. I consider Far Niente one of California's first growths if there was a 1885 classification in America and it shines trough in the wine, grounds, and private tasting room rich in history and tradition.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Charles H. Member Since 9/5/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/05/17 2:00 PM

Recommended by my daughter. It was a great experience. Would love to have seen the cars a little closer. The tour and the tasting were excellent!! Our guide was very good and very knowledgeable!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Frank S. Member Since 9/3/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/05/17 10:00 AM

Most beautiful winery in the valley. Excellent selection of wines in the tasting, Friendly, knowledgeable tour/tasting guide. Great ambiance. Far Niente is the best.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Taylor S. Member Since 6/1/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/04/17 10:00 AM

This was my second time on a Tour/Tasting at Far Niente, and I would go back time and time again! It is such an incredibly enchanting property, and the people are so friendly and hospitable. Not to mention the wines are some of the best I have tasted in the Napa Valley. Although the wonderful taste of the wine may be my opinion, it is a fact that this is a must see property. 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
Chari L. Member Since 6/6/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/04/17 10:00 AM

We enjoyed a private outdoor tasting and loved every minute of it. It was absolutely beautiful and so relaxing. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for great wine and a laid back atmosphere.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Yash D. Member Since 7/30/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/01/17 2:00 PM

Tour was great. The wine was mediocre.

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
Nadia M. Member Since 8/10/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 9/01/17 3:00 PM

The wines were PHENOMENAL. Tour was great. Andrew, our guide, was great.

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
Curtis P. Member Since 7/29/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/02/17 3:30 PM

Special one on one experience. Got to see parts of the property that others don't see. Exceptional experience.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Benjamin L. Member Since 7/13/2017
Tour & Tasting on 9/02/17 11:00 AM

Amazing! Fantastic tour and unbelievable wines.

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
Kyle F. Member Since 8/29/2017
Tour & Tasting on 8/31/17 12:00 PM

Our experience could not be better. The drive up was impressive - possibly the most beautiful grounds and we have seen, with a country club-esque building. My girlfriend and I did the Tour & Tasting with Sarah. The tour, wine, cheese, and overall experience was amazing, so much so that I proposed down near the pond. It was incredible romantic and by far our favorite winery for the trip.

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
Daniela G. Member Since 8/16/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/02/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful. Intimate. Personal. Classy.

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
Mark M. Member Since 8/7/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 9/01/17 10:00 AM

Grounds are beautiful. Wine is lovely.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Chad B. Member Since 8/18/2017
Tour & Tasting on 8/29/17 1:00 PM

We are Nickel + Nickel members but still wanted to do the tour of Far Niente, not just the tasting. Gorgeous grounds and building, and the caves are expansive... one row is two football fields long, and I think they said the caves total 40,000 sf. Tasted the first dessert wine we've ever liked (Dolce), enjoyed the Chardonnay, and the others were just ok to us.

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
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