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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
Brandon M. Member Since 5/19/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/21/17 3:00 PM

The grounds of this vineyard are the best I have seen. Very beautiful with a park like setting. The wines are amazing to try and the tasting is formal. Definitely worth a stop.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ian K. Member Since 7/12/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/20/17 12:00 PM

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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
Paul S. Member Since 4/14/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/20/17 1:00 PM

It was nice the wine was given out very sparse. We went to outher vineyards in the area and the pouring never stopped. Far niente is my favorite of all wines. What have been nice to have a little more. Especially for the price.

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
Michele & Mark L. Member Since 6/14/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/18/17 3:30 PM

The actual property is really nice but $75 for 3 small tastings is too much for this place.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Teresa & Paul B. Member Since 6/25/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/14/17 12:00 PM

Far Niente was recommended to us by friends and it was an absolutely wonderful visit! Excellent host (John), beautiful facility and grounds (loved the caves), and fantastic wine tasting. We will definitely return on our next 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
Robin H. Member Since 5/18/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/17/17 1:00 PM

Lovely property and nice tour of the facilities. Our guide was good, but a bit of an actor. The tasting was fantastic...the cheese was frankly outstanding. Overall, it was a very nice experience and I would highly recommend. Oh, but I would have enjoyed stopping by/hearing a little bit about the car collection...this wasn't mentioned at all, which I thought to be a bit odd.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Rick P. Member Since 6/20/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/17/17 11:00 AM

ronically our only negative experience and true disappointment was at far niente - I am not wasting my time writing a detailed summary here but I made it clear to my concierge that we were very unhappy and that our tour experience despite being our favorite cab and being surprised at how much we enjoyed Dolce left us uninterested, annoyed and appalled at how we were treated My cell phone is below if you would like me to be more specific. Rick Perez (917) 750-2522

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
Rhonda G. Member Since 7/11/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 7/16/17 3:00 PM

The grounds are stunning.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Jennifer K. Member Since 5/20/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/15/17 10:30 AM

Definitely plan lots of time to explore the grounds. It is an amazing, beautiful property. We didn't want to leave, but we had another appointment. The wine was fantastic. It's on the higher end with some bottles over $100, but worth it! It was great hearing about the family & the property history from our host. As well as about the wine. We will be back to enjoy again.

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
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/14/17 10:00 AM

The wine was fantastic, and the experience touring the property was incredible. All the staff were so friendly and really seemed to want us to feel relaxed and enjoy ourselves. Jessica, our host, was knowledgeable and fun! Thank you for such a lovely tasting - we have already recommended the tour (and the wine club!) to friends.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Lee W. Member Since 5/1/2012
Tour & Tasting on 7/07/17 10:00 AM

The lush hillside and the historic stone winery at Far Niente are beautiful. The history of the caves during our tour was fascinating. If it wasn't so hot the day we visited, I would've asked if the wine tasting could be at the outdoor grill. The wines and cheeses were paired nicely. My favorite was their cabernet sauvignon.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Don M. Member Since 1/22/2014
Tour & Tasting on 7/12/17 12:00 PM

Nice tasting, great tour of the property. Was saddened the antique car exhibit was now only a "look in" and not a full walk-through.

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
Jack F. Member Since 7/17/2015
Tour & Tasting on 7/12/17 10:00 AM

A wonderful experience our out of town guests enjoyed immensely -- thank you!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jerry K. Member Since 1/28/2014
Tour & Tasting on 7/09/17 12:00 PM

The grounds matched with some of the best wines in the valley, how can you go wrong?

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Maurice B. Member Since 7/10/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/11/17 1:00 PM

Wonderful experience, excellent wines and the best tour guide, Jessica Sambuco, we have ever had. She made the tour fun, informative, and educational. Thank you!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Dale B. Member Since 2/13/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/10/17 1:00 PM

Having been there over 20 years ago back when you had to be part of the trade to obtain an appointment it was terrific to see the operation once again! They continue to maintain a property that is unique and one that brings a certain ambiance that makes you feel special beginning with the private gated entrance all the way to the very small groups that allows for individual attention.

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
Bret B. Member Since 6/30/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/09/17 2:00 PM

Wine and pairings were amazing. Tour was interesting and a wonderful experience.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Jaclyn T. Member Since 6/12/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/08/17 12:00 PM

Highly exclusive. Loved the personal attention and Reed was engaging & knowledgeable. Will be happy to recommend!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Sara B. Member Since 6/16/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/09/17 1:00 PM

Wonderful experience! Beautiful winery and tour, excellent wine and formal tasting paired with cheeses, fruit, nuts with our host Anani - outstanding! I have already recommended to several friends.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Eddie D. Member Since 5/9/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/06/17 3:00 PM

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Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Clio & Larry S. Member Since 5/5/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/07/17 3:00 PM

The grounds and facilities at Far Niente are spectacular. The wines were equally impressive (esp. Chardonnay).

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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David T. Member Since 6/28/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/28/17 1:00 PM

Phenomenal grounds and great winemaking -- overall, an informative tour and tasting. Rory was fantastic, knowledgeable, and very helpful. Her enthusiasm for the methods, the wines, and the philosophy of the winery was inspiring, and her description of the events made us want to fly across the country to attend. Truly, a lovely afternoon - hat's off!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Nicole M. Member Since 6/7/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/05/17 10:00 AM

Amazing experience, loved the property and our guide! From the second you walk in, you feel like you are getting first class service. Easily one of my favorite wineries.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Julie D. Member Since 6/22/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/03/17 10:30 AM

Elegant, stunning and exceptional experience. The wine was outstanding and paired with some outstanding cheese. Very helpful and friendly 'wine counselor' - was very pleased to have a private tasting - and the ambiance was exceptional.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Dawn H. Member Since 1/18/2017
Private Tasting Only on 7/01/17 1:30 PM

I recently became a.member and came up last weekend for a tasting again. It was amazing - we sat outside and had a fantastic time. Traffic was horrible and we called and everyone was very accommodating to us being late. I would recommend to everyone - beautiful grounds, great wines and very amicable hosts.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Michael T. Member Since 6/24/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 6/29/17 1:30 PM

Had a great tasting with Rory. I wish we would have had more time for a tour. Absolutely beautiful place with wonderful wines. The antique cars set it over the top for sure.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Diane G. Member Since 4/12/2016
Club Tour & Tasting on 5/14/17 12:00 PM

Amazing Place - A must see!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Peter L O. Member Since 9/22/2015
Tour & Tasting on 6/23/17 12:00 PM

Welcoming, efficient, effective but not too forward. A very enjoyable experience for myself, my wife and our guests. We always go to FarNiente last in our stay. When we attend earlier in our stay our guests always complain that the other wineries we visit were second best.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Samantha & Chuck S. Member Since 11/10/2014
Club Tour & Tasting on 5/12/17 12:00 PM

You will not be disappointed. This is our favorite winery. Have been club members for several years and have now gotten into the Cave Collection. The grounds are beautiful in the fall and spring. Staff is so knowledgeable and friendly. We tell all of our friends about this winery.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Rochelle W. Member Since 4/18/2017
Club Tour & Tasting on 5/19/17 12:00 PM

Most beautiful setting! Loved our guide, and the private tasting was beyond special. We've already sent our best friends there, and they loved it too. We joined the club that's how much we enjoyed.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Maria W. Member Since 6/23/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 7/01/17 10:00 AM

Very classy and exquisite grounds. Enjoyed everything about it. Mainly, we enjoyed the great wine, but we also enjoyed that it was not crazy nuts like at other wineries. While visiting other wineries, we were surprised how many kids were running around, out of control. Enjoyed our experience very much and have shared this with our friends.

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
Andrew P. Member Since 6/1/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 6/30/17 1:30 PM

This iconic vineyard cannot be missed during a trip to Napa. Spending time here even if there wasn't wine, is worth it. The grounds, the views, the amazing staff, and of course, some of the finest wine in all of Napa. We had time with John, just my wife and I, and he was welcoming, knowledgable, and a great host. He took his time with us, and we enjoyed the hour plus with their 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
Timothy O. Member Since 8/20/2012
Tour & Tasting on 6/30/17 1:00 PM

The tasting was mediocre. Only 5 wines and no dramatic learnings or lessons. They lean big time into the setting and ambiance to carry the day.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Debbie & Bob M. Member Since 3/1/2015
Tour & Tasting on 6/24/17 10:00 AM

Unbelievable grounds & caves!! And of course the wines were fantastic.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Peter F. Member Since 5/26/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/27/17 3:00 PM

Our tour was personal, informative and delicious! We loved the view, the walk through the tunnels and wine tasting. The assortment of cheeses were a perfect compliment to the chardonnays, cabs and sweet Dolce that we tasted. Bravo!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Richard M. Member Since 3/7/2015
Tour & Tasting on 6/25/17 2:00 PM

Beautiful experience in terms of hospitality, ambiance, and , of course WINE!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Nathan H. Member Since 5/31/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 6/25/17 3:30 PM

Beautiful as usual; wonderful wines and nice cheese plate to compliment the wines. Always a relaxing and delicious time here.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Braden A. Member Since 4/11/2014
Private Tasting Only on 6/24/17 3:00 PM

Love Far Niente. This tasting was intimate and peaceful. Probably my favorite Far Niente experience yet.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Shannon S. Member Since 12/17/2016
Tour & Tasting on 6/22/17 1:00 PM

Beautiful grounds, decent wine, but incredibly overpriced and not super personal compared to some other wineries we visited.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Carlos M. Member Since 6/9/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 6/22/17 3:30 PM

great Hospitality and service

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