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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
Dona C. Member Since 3/12/2017
Tour & Tasting on 4/20/17 10:00 AM

The tour is quick and there is t slot to see. At the end we sat in a room and had an awful and pushy sales pitch to join the wine club by Vincent. Then he kicked us out and said we needed to leave room because there was another group coming in. Tour and tasting lasted one hour and 10 min. I would not recommend this vineyard.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Jessica S. Member Since 10/20/2016
Tour & Tasting on 4/18/17 1:00 PM

Beautiful!

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
Barry T. Member Since 4/1/2017
Tour & Tasting on 4/17/17 10:00 AM

Host was very knowledgable and experienced.

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
Manouela P. Member Since 2/7/2017
Tour & Tasting on 4/15/17 2:00 PM

Beautiful grounds and great wine. Everyone was very nice. 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
Scott V. Member Since 3/13/2015
Tour & Tasting on 4/12/17 10:00 AM

Gorgeous grounds! Amazing caves and a super staff!!!!

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
Melissa L. Member Since 3/7/2017
Tour & Tasting on 4/15/17 10:00 AM

A stunning property with beautiful gardens. I wish that we had allowed more time to explore after our tasting. Would recommend that to anyone else visiting. The tour was fun and educational, and our guide did an excellent job sharing the history. The seated tasting with cheese was great and the wines were lovely. Overall a great experience.

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
Nick P. Member Since 8/11/2016
Tour & Tasting on 4/04/17 1:00 PM

It was exceptional from the grounds to the tunnels. Reed Gomes was an excellent host. i even joined the wine 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
Seanna J. Member Since 12/21/2016
Tour & Tasting on 3/24/17 1:00 PM

Wine

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Carrie A. Member Since 3/17/2015
Tour & Tasting on 4/01/17 10:00 AM

The tasting at Far Niente was disappointing. The grounds are spectacular and the caves were impressive. However, they have all this outdoor space and even tables with views in the house, but they lock you up in a room in the back of the building with no view or windows. Very strange. It would do them justice to utilize the grounds. Beyond that I thought the wine was just okay. Wouldn't recommend

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Brandon J. Member Since 2/19/2017
Tour & Tasting on 3/29/17 1:00 PM

It was relaxing, educating and Anthony was very inviting to our group. The wines were absolutely fabulous!!! One of our favorite experiences from our visit to Napa

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
Rob M. Member Since 3/5/2017
Tour & Tasting on 3/28/17 1:00 PM

The grounds were incredibly beautiful. We spent an hour after the tour just walking the property. But the experience was a little stilted. A touch too formal, the wines too expensive and was not relaxing. There was definitely a 'this is the right way to taste this - two sips, one nibble of cheese, ...' experience. I wish they'd been as hospitable as their property.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Claudia M. Member Since 3/29/2017
Tour & Tasting on 3/29/17 1:00 PM

Of the five vineyards we visited, Far Niente was our favorite. The tour was lovely, educational and ended with a sampling of exquisite 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
Pam & Chuck R. Member Since 4/5/2012
Tour & Tasting on 3/25/17 1:00 PM

Everyone was friendly and welcoming. The property was gorgeous with amazing flowers and plantings. Our tour was informative and the tasting was fantastic! Well worth the $$

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
Shelby N. Member Since 2/5/2017
Tour & Tasting on 3/25/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful property, nice amount of history with brief tour, fabulous wines with nice cheese pairing. Highly recommend this tour and tasting!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jodi K. Member Since 10/4/2016
Tour & Tasting on 3/24/17 1:00 PM

Gorgeous. Well cared for. Professional. Impeccable service. Impeccable wine. Great tour and learning experience. Incredible grounds. A+++++ Our favorite vineyard in the area by far! Highly recommend.

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
Susan B. Member Since 2/2/2017
Tour & Tasting on 3/23/17 10:00 AM

Everything was top notch from beginning to end. The only disappointment was that the tour did not include a walk through the vineyards and gardens.

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
Thomas B. Member Since 9/30/2015
Tour & Tasting on 3/20/17 1:00 PM

Remarkable property. Outstanding wines. Only tiny criticism was Reed, the host, talked a bit too quickly. He was extremely knowledgeable & witty, just a bit too quick on delivery

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Jency H. Member Since 3/12/2015
Tour & Tasting on 3/20/17 10:00 AM

Far Niente is the best wine experience in both Napa and Sonoma Valley. We love many of the wineries and are members of five (5), but Far Niente is by far the best. DO NOT miss Far Niente - make your reservation the minute you plan your wine 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
Bill B. Member Since 1/16/2014
Tour & Tasting on 3/14/17 10:00 AM

For years this place was so exclusive you had to be a dealer/distributor to get in. Now it's open to limited reserve tastings, and it's a MUST! The people are fabulous ... Reed is the BEST! Schedule it and try Far Niente ... it's a marvelous experience!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Howard F. Member Since 2/27/2017
Tour & Tasting on 3/16/17 10:00 AM

Far Niente was our first winery experience. My family and I all said we wished we had saved it for last because it was truly the absolute best of all of our all the wineries we visited. The property is absolutely stunning! Our tour guide Rory was outstanding and very knowledgeable about wines. We learned some much and enjoyed delicious wines in the process!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Pamela S. Member Since 12/19/2016
Tour & Tasting on 3/13/17 10:00 AM

The tour was awesome! The cave was very impressive. The wine delicious. The grounds are gorgeous.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Mark C. Member Since 12/6/2016
Tour & Tasting on 3/07/17 1:00 PM

Top 3 winery tour in Napa! Highly recommended.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Sarah S. Member Since 3/2/2017
Tour & Tasting on 3/10/17 10:00 AM

The whole experience was amazing. The estate is beautiful, the staff was so friendly and the wine is wonderful. The tour was informational but fun. Can't wait to go back.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Betty Jane B. Member Since 1/13/2015
Tour & Tasting on 3/11/17 1:00 PM

Beautiful setting, great with ne. Touring/Tasting is pricey and white wines were quite warm for tasting. Previously poured at sit down venue. I felt it a little pretentious. Host was gravcious and knowledgeable.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Richard R. Member Since 1/16/2017
Tour & Tasting on 3/07/17 1:00 PM

First off the proprty is stunning. The buildings and gardens are immaculate! The caves are an incredible experience. The wines speak for themselves!! What made our visit though was our tour guide, Reed. His knowledge and willingness to educate us on Far Niente made our visit special. Thank you Rees!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Corina & Chris C. Member Since 2/13/2017
Tour & Tasting on 3/07/17 1:00 PM

From the moment you drive into the winery, you are left with the impression of excellence. The ambiance is welcoming and refined. Our host was gracious and informative. You really felt welcomed during your visit. The tour was fun. The wine was excellent.

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Diana T. Member Since 11/19/2016
Tour & Tasting on 2/25/17 2:00 PM

The grounds are just amazing. The tour was great, and just the right length/information given. The tasting was fantastic, and I think one of our groups' favorites. Our guide was super, and really sold us on the club- I think most of us joined! We got last minute into Nickel and Nickel the next day, free because we joined the club! Can't wait to open our Dolce!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Amanda A. Member Since 12/29/2016
Tour & Tasting on 2/25/17 1:00 PM

From the landscaping to the wine, everything was top notch!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Laura B. Member Since 1/6/2017
Tour & Tasting on 2/19/17 10:00 AM

It was our favorite wine and stop on the trip. No other wine compared to Far Niente after we left for other tastings. The tour was informative, and not boring. Beautiful grounds. Our host/guide was friendly and courteous. It was overall a wonderful experience. Will be back!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Brian R. Member Since 2/1/2017
Tour & Tasting on 2/13/17 10:00 AM

Very nice and knowledgeable tour guide. Beautiful grounds and cave tour.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Debbie H. Member Since 1/27/2017
Tour & Tasting on 2/08/17 1:00 PM

Loved the entire experience-including the 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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Kendall K. Member Since 2/8/2014
Tour & Tasting on 2/06/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful grounds, wonderful hospitality and attention to detail. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jacqueline W. Member Since 1/5/2017
Tour & Tasting on 2/03/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful, great history and wonder wine and cheese pairing.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jeff D. Member Since 10/5/2012
Tour & Tasting on 1/27/17 10:00 AM

The winery is amazing. Our host, Rory, was friendly, personable, knowledgeable, and very accommodating. Her passion for the winery and the wines was palpable. The wines were delicious and showed lovely restraint compared to the more prevalent massive Cabernet style in Napa these days. I'm not usually a fan of California Chardonnay, but theirs had bright acid, judicious oak, and lovely to sip.

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
Arlington L. Member Since 1/26/2017
Tour & Tasting on 1/25/17 1:00 PM

The property itself is amazing. As it does with its wines, Far Niente, sets it self apart with the caves it uses to store its wines and the personalized experience of the tour and wine tastings. Anthony our tour guide was very knowledgeable , friendly, proper, and professional. Great Job Far Niente! Thanks for the experience Anthony!!

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 A. Member Since 1/16/2017
Tour & Tasting on 1/20/17 1:00 PM

The tour was interesting and informative. Wines were amazing, facilities spectacular, and the overall experience was probably the best wine tour/tasting I've ever done.

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 H. Member Since 9/7/2016
Tour & Tasting on 12/27/16 10:00 AM

A fantastic tour and tasting. The property is quite unique, worth the walk of the grounds. Steeped in history. Rory was our guide and was fantastic! The wines are also amazing. FN is often booked way ahead, so plan accordingly!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Philip R. Member Since 1/8/2016
Tour & Tasting on 12/21/16 1:00 PM

Great afternoon in a unique & beautiful setting

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Neil M. Member Since 9/4/2016
Tour & Tasting on 12/22/16 1:00 PM

Very pleasant and warm. Our hostess was very knowledable and friendly.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jeff C. Member Since 10/14/2016
Tour & Tasting on 12/15/16 1:00 PM

Excellent tour, excellent hospitality, excellent wine. I'll be back again for sure.

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