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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
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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
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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!

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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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Jack R. Member Since 12/12/2016
Tour & Tasting on 12/17/16 10:00 AM

Our host and guide was incredible. We really enjoyed our wine tasting that was paired with cheese. Overall experience and tour was an A++

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Tim L. Member Since 10/10/2016
Tour & Tasting on 12/12/16 10:00 AM

Great wine, great tour, beautiful grounds!

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Elizabeth F. Member Since 2/5/2015
Tour & Tasting on 12/07/16 10:00 AM

After making reservations for others the past 7 years finally experiencing the tour exceeded my expectations.

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Alissa & Kevin M. Member Since 10/5/2016
Tour & Tasting on 10/06/16 1:00 PM

This was our favorite winery we visited on our honeymoon! We loved every second and loved the wine pairings! We will put this winery on our must go list every time! Thank you!

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Dan F. Member Since 11/9/2016
Tour & Tasting on 12/04/16 10:00 AM

A beautiful winery that offers a great tour, that is matched with great wines.

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Carolyn L. Member Since 10/6/2016
Tour & Tasting on 11/29/16 1:00 PM

We had a wonderful, informative tour of Far Niente and a fabulous wine tasting with a cheese paring

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Susy & Larry A. Member Since 9/13/2016
Tour & Tasting on 11/20/16 2:00 PM

Very good tour and tasting experience. Spectacular grounds

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Katherine N. Member Since 9/6/2016
Tour & Tasting on 11/19/16 2:00 PM

We had 6 wineries scheduled in our four day stay. All were good but this tour/tasting was outstanding. We love their wine and joined their club. I would strongly recommend this winery to everyone.

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Helena W. Member Since 9/14/2016
Tour & Tasting on 11/16/16 1:00 PM

The wines were excellent and the cheese pairing was quite nice.

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Carolyn B. Member Since 3/24/2016
Tour & Tasting on 11/13/16 2:00 PM

The grounds were absolutely beautiful. The tour was insightful and the wine tasting was great-love the wine.

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Alan B. Member Since 4/2/2015
Tour & Tasting on 11/14/16 10:00 AM

Our host was very knowledgeable and friendly, the winery (especially the drive through the trees) was beautiful, and the wine excellent. I joined the wine club I liked the wines so much.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Mike H. Member Since 8/1/2011
Tour & Tasting on 11/12/16 2:00 PM

Reed gave us an excellent tour and tasting! Great wines and beautiful property.

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Meenu M. Member Since 8/18/2016
Tour & Tasting on 11/12/16 2:00 PM

Amazing property, very informative tour guide, mind blowing tasty wines. In fact the entire landscape in fall colors was like God's work of art. The fresh air of Napa, the heavenly entrance to far niente, well kept grounds, huge fountains in ponds & pristine pruning of the olive trees, parsimmon trees ... where do I stop?? The fleet of antique cars was added bonus. Beautiful place and great wines

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Roy V. Member Since 11/8/2016
Tour & Tasting on 11/08/16 10:00 AM

It was an exceptional winery tour and tasting - my wife and I have done tastings and tours around the world and Far Niente's ranks as one of the top.

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Laura C. Member Since 9/22/2016
Tour & Tasting on 11/07/16 1:00 PM

Beautiful property, friendly host, lovely tasting

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Tung N. Member Since 5/6/2016
Tour & Tasting on 11/05/16 10:00 AM

Amazing! Great history, beautiful views and amazing wines. Was worth the wait.

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Alexandra & Scott S. Member Since 8/20/2016
Tour & Tasting on 10/23/16 1:00 PM

great location and great tour. would have been so much better with a glass of wine to do tour with!

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Jayna C. Member Since 10/28/2016
Tour & Tasting on 10/29/16 1:00 PM

Reed was very friendly and informative. The wine just "kept coming". Lovely grounds and history. If you enjoy caves and old time charm this is the winery for you.

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