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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
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
Denise V. Member Since 9/27/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/11/17 11:00 AM

Wow! Far Niente is absolutely breathtaking, defiantly a winery to include on your trip to Napa. The grounds are so beautiful and the wines are fantastic, you wont leave without wanting to buy these 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
Jonathan G. Member Since 8/30/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/17/17 12:00 PM

Far Niente is one of the best wineries you can visit in Napa. Their grounds are spectacular and beautiful. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Their wines are fantastic so don't miss an opportunity to visit Far Niente.

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 & Bill B. Member Since 1/16/2014
Tour & Tasting on 11/16/17 10:00 AM

This is a lovely winery! The grounds and original home are comfortable and lush. The entire experience depends a lot on the personality of the host. We’ve had several, some great, some not so great.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Lawrence K. Member Since 5/5/2015
Tour & Tasting on 11/14/17 12:00 PM

Great ambiance n greeting. Very knowledgeable staff. Great wines! Joined the club

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
David F. Member Since 11/11/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/15/17 3:00 PM

A great location and view. The tour was informative and featured a lot of history of the area and the winery. The wine selection was top notch and we were afforded plenty of time to enjoy the servings and they were paired with a nice selection of cheeses.

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
Corby S. Member Since 7/22/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/13/17 1:00 PM

The entrance and grounds of this winery is amazingly beautiful. The people are friendly...from the tasting room guides to the workers in the gardens. The wine is luscious. The tasting room/tour guides are knowledgeable and very friendly. The entire experience is a definite thumbs up.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Kay S. Member Since 10/6/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/08/17 1:00 PM

This was the most exceptional tour of our 3 days in the Yountville area. Our entertaining host, Rory Kandel, was knowledgeable about the history of the winery (fascinating!), the process and the grounds. More impressive, was her clear love of the people who own and work at Far Niente. The wine tasting was the best! Wonderful cheese pairings making each wine exceptional. Very professonal!

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
Debi M. Member Since 7/9/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/10/17 11:00 AM

Amazing experience! From the moment we arrived onto the property we were impressed. The grounds are stunning and the charm of the winery draws you in. Our hostess, Sara, couldn't have been any more kind, knowledgeable, or fun. Our group of 8 walked away "wowed". Fantastic wines topped off the overall top-notch 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 B. Member Since 8/21/2017
Tour & Tasting on 10/27/17 2:00 PM

Whereas most of our winery visits were very warm and inviting this visit felt like they thought they were doing us a favor. From the locked gate where you had to be buzzed in and everything else they were not welcoming. They tried to make us feel special with our names printed on the "menu" for the tasting but the whole thing felt too pretentious or like an act. The wine was good but I wouldn't

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Enrique H. Member Since 2/3/2015
Tour & Tasting on 11/06/17 11:00 AM

Beautiful location, great wines and 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
Terrence S. Member Since 11/2/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/06/17 12:00 PM

We were expected and welcomed and treated like one of the family at Far Niente. Far and away the most pleasant visit to a winery.

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
Drusilla H. Member Since 10/22/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/01/17 3:00 PM

Beautiful property, great tasting, interesting cellars. Really lovely 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
Thomas L. Member Since 1/26/2014
Private Indoor Tasting on 11/05/17 10:00 AM

The walk from parking into the tasting room was beautiful; a path surrounded by classic cars, foliage, and water features. Upon entry into the tasting room our group was met with the wonderful smell of oak barrels. We were greeted promptly and given a wonderful tasting from Far Niente and related wineries. Our guide was Jess, a well-educated culinary chemist and first-level somm. Excellent.

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
Keith S. Member Since 9/1/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/04/17 12:00 PM

Awesome

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
Maria H. Member Since 7/23/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/04/17 10:00 AM

We had the most fabulous experience at Far Niente this past Saturday. We loved it so much that all 3 couples who we traveled with (self included), signed up to be members! It far exceeded expectation and Reed was knowledgeable, personable and taught us a great deal. Thank you so much!

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
Shauna & Stephen K. Member Since 7/20/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/03/17 2:00 PM

We did a tour and tasting, the grounds are spectacular and the visitor's center is very warm and inviting.

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
Howard M. Member Since 10/30/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/03/17 10:00 AM

My wife and I had a great time. We will highly recommend to others.

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
Bryan M. Member Since 9/11/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/03/17 11:00 AM

Beautiful facilities, friendly people, informative tour, and amazing wines. What else could you want? One of the best, if not the best, tour experiences in the 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
Stephanie B. Member Since 1/16/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/03/17 2:00 PM

The property was beautiful

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Gus M. Member Since 9/1/2017
Tour & Tasting on 10/31/17 11:00 AM

Beautiful settings and a great 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
Joan & Randy R. Member Since 10/27/2017
Tour & Tasting on 10/31/17 12:00 PM

We were late to our tasting appointment and didn't have time for our tour, something that we will definitely want to do in the future. the person in charge of our tasting is an excellent ambassador of the brand. Lots of pride. He spent the time to take us through many different wines (even some that weren't on the tasting menu). This winery is a must visit. Great wines, great 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
Jeffery P. Member Since 10/9/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 10/29/17 1:30 PM

Outstanding! Jessica was informative, caring, helpful and just the best hostess in Napa!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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joanne & michael m. Member Since 8/9/2017
Tour & Tasting on 11/01/17 10:00 AM

Fabulous tasting and very informative tour; Far Niente is truly one of the gems in Napa for experiencing the best there is...!

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
Claudia B. Member Since 9/10/2016
Tour & Tasting on 11/01/17 1:00 PM

Rory was our delightful host. Visited the cave where the staff was busy maintaining the barrels of the wines that we love. Afterwards we adjourned to the "dining room" for our tasting and Rory shared her knowledge of Far Niente and the 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
Robin & John S. Member Since 3/13/2014
Tour & Tasting on 10/31/17 2:00 PM

Our entire party felt that the Far Niente tour and tasting was the highlight of our trip. Our host was both informative and enchanting she was great. Taking the tour through the winery and caves was fun. The size of the tasting group (8 people) was very nice. The format for the tasting with cheese pairings was a nice touch. I would recommend this to anyone. Also the wine was very 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
Eugene O. Member Since 9/24/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 10/28/17 3:30 PM

This was as nice a wine tasting experience as we have had anywhere. It was a great day, the setting outside was excellent, the wines were excellent and Sarah Aguilar did an outstanding job for us. We had a reservation for wine tasting only but she took the time after the wine tasting to show us the cars and caves. I got the impression she did everything she could to make sure we had a great day.

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
Nat M. Member Since 10/27/2017
Tour & Tasting on 10/27/17 2:00 PM

Wish we could have toured the grounds more.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Terrence W. Member Since 7/24/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 10/02/17 1:30 PM

From arrival it was awesome! So accommodating and engaging. Gave us just enough history to be useful intertwined with the pure joy of tasting a fabulous wine. Would go back in a heartbeat!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Ken G. Member Since 9/26/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 10/04/17 12:00 PM

Our host, Hillary MCGonigle was beyond perfect. She made us feel welcome as well as important. It was as if we were her only clients for the day. She made every moment feel special. Our guest who were visiting fro Ireland stated the Far Niente was the highlight of their months trip to the US. Cannot thank Hillary enough. The entire experience was beyond 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
Michael D. Member Since 9/25/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 10/08/17 3:00 PM

The grounds were beautiful. The main house where we had our private wine tasting upstairs was immaculate. Our hostess, Rory, was wonderful. She was engaging, informative and extremely pleasant. Thank you! We look forward to returning to your beautiful 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
Rick B. Member Since 4/26/2016
Tour & Tasting on 10/07/17 11:00 AM

Most beautiful winery in Napa Valley - and, oh yeah, the wines were 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
Jennifer A. Member Since 8/20/2017
Tour & Tasting on 10/07/17 12:00 PM

Beautiful grounds, informative, tour guide Sarah excellent, tasting room so warm and comfortable, wine excellent and pairings were perfect

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
richard b. Member Since 8/8/2017
Tour & Tasting on 10/07/17 12:00 PM

Excellent beautiful property,setting... Sarah our guide was excellent

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 B. Member Since 3/7/2017
Tour & Tasting on 10/07/17 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
Blake F. Member Since 4/9/2015
Private Outdoor Tasting on 10/06/17 12:00 PM

Great wine Great ambiance Tasting could have gone better

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Kathryn W. Member Since 8/29/2017
Tour & Tasting on 10/05/17 3:00 PM

The whole experience was great! From the tour to the wine tasting! Bar far one of our favorite spots!

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
Cal W. Member Since 9/20/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 10/05/17 11:30 AM

Beautiful grounds great historic story

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
Kent E. Member Since 7/12/2016
Tour & Tasting on 10/02/17 11:00 AM

Our experience was awesome and we loved our guide! Thanks for an awesome morning

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
Nick P. Member Since 9/12/2017
Tour & Tasting on 10/02/17 10:00 AM

Stellar

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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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