Far Niente

Oakville, CA

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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.

Notable Features

  • Architectural Appeal
  • Art on Display
  • Gardens
  • Ghost Winery
  • Historic Building
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
Experiences

  • Private Tasting
  • Tour and Tasting
Varietals Offered

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy BFF
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Chris G. Member Since 1/17/2019My BFF
Outdoor Tour & Tasting on 5/17/19 11:00 AM

Excellent experience. What a beautiful place. A must see if going to Napa

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Terri A. Member Since 1/5/2017My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 5/09/19 10:30 AM

Lovely property and outstanding wine. My aunt is disabled and our host escorted her around in a golf cart. The grounds are so beautiful you think you are in France or Italy. Exceptional winery and tour. Can't wait to share it with my friends.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Leann and Greg D. Member Since 4/3/2019My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 5/18/19 10:30 AM

Celebrated an 80th birthday. It’s a perfect place for wine tasting ! Great tour guide.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mary & Richard S. Member Since 3/8/2015My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 5/18/19 10:30 AM

Great time & great wine!!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Vadim Y. Member Since 3/28/2019My Boss
Library Wine Tasting on 5/16/19 1:30 PM

It was our second visit to the winery and probably not the last one. The place is absolutely charming, we were met and taken care of by an absolutely great host (Thank you, John Moore!), and wines, I think, do not need any additional recommendations.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lynn L. Member Since 3/17/2019My BFF
Outdoor Tour & Tasting on 5/05/19 3:00 PM

Beautiful winery and gardens, excellent wine; a wonderful experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mark H. Member Since 9/14/2015My Boss
Tour & Tasting on 5/16/19 10:30 AM

First visit & most enjoyable. John did a wonderful job for the group. Love your Winery in all regards. We are Nickel & Nickel members for 9 years. Will visit again when next in Napa. Thank you.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Joanne C. Member Since 5/11/2019My Boss
Library Wine Tasting on 5/16/19 11:30 AM

Great wines.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Rae S. Member Since 5/16/2019My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 5/16/19 2:30 PM

Everything was exquisite. The tour guide was very engaging and knowledgeable, the property was peaceful and the wines were outstanding! Definitely worth the money. Don’t miss this treat!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jerry B. Member Since 2/21/2012My Parents
Tour & Tasting on 5/16/19 2:00 PM

It was ok. Not over the top

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 2/5
Chuck E. Member Since 5/13/2019Evil Stepmother
Tour & Tasting on 5/13/19 3:00 PM

Everything was awsome , except confusion , when I purchased 4 bottles of wine for 406.00 , u waved my tasteing fee , however they said we get passes to send our friends and family there , can u send me the passes ??? Also we can come back and taste ?? Unclear on exactly what I signed up for was not explained to us ?? Can u call 7073633298 or send me a e- mail and explain in detail , thank you , ch

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Dawn J. Member Since 5/8/2019My BFF
Outdoor Tour & Tasting on 5/12/19 1:30 PM

Our visit was so extraordinary, a beautiful area with awesome views. Tranquil, informative and they schedule so you feel like you are the only people there. Keeping that intimate feeling. The cork trees were magnificent as your wines and our great guide. I can not wait to come back. Thank you!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Susan J. Member Since 3/17/2019My Frenemy
Tour & Tasting on 5/09/19 2:30 PM

This is the second time we have been to this winery. Beautiful gardens, wonderful staff, and phenomenal wines! Overall a great experience. Highly recommended.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jessica & David B. Member Since 1/1/2017My BFF
Outdoor Tasting on 5/11/19 11:30 AM

Wonderful experience! Beautiful day, gorgeous gardens. We had a private tasting near the pond and it was just lovely - one of the best experiences we've had in Napa. And we go to Napa a lot :)

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ginger L. Member Since 4/10/2019My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 5/10/19 10:30 AM

I have always loved Far Niente Chardonnay and was excited to visit. But my expectations were so greatly exceed that I sound to be gushing. The grounds were absolutely stunning, the staff superb, and the tour/tasting was truly amazing. We ended in the gazebo and all could have stayed for hours. Well done and thank you so very much!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
John G. Member Since 3/11/2019My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 5/08/19 10:00 AM

Far Niente goes above and beyond. Reed’s knowledge and hospitality were equaled by the fabulous wines! Do NOT miss!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jim B. Member Since 4/16/2015Evil Stepmother
Library Wine Tasting on 5/07/19 11:30 AM

Rory was an excellent hostess

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jennifer R. Member Since 5/5/2019My BFF
Outdoor Tour & Tasting on 5/06/19 11:00 AM

Our experience at Far Niente was a 10! Friendly team, interesting and fun tour of property and wine making and the tasting was amazing. Beautifully set table with cheese pairings and the wine was delicious! I would recommend to add this to your day!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Laura R. Member Since 2/26/2019My BFF
Outdoor Tasting on 5/05/19 11:30 AM

Our tasting did not occur outside even though we signed up for a terrace tasting. The winery was unbelievably beautiful and the staff were very gracious. We were looking forward to seeing the classic cars but were told that due to construction that would not be possible. We expressed disappointment but understood the reason. Much to our surprise the staff person we 1st met got it done!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Liana P. Member Since 7/14/2016My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 5/04/19 2:30 PM

This was our 2nd time doing the private tour and it was even better than the first. Hands down our favorite tour and winery to visit. They make you feel like royalty.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Liz Y. Member Since 4/30/2019My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 5/05/19 3:00 PM

From the moment we passed through the gates, we loved everything we saw on this exceptionally beautiful property. We received a warm welcome and were taken on an outstanding tour with explanation of the wine making process. The mile of tunnels and cellars are amazing and well worth seeing. The wine tasting in the garden was perfect with delicious wines, tasty cheese, a beautiful table setting.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Juan G. Member Since 4/19/2019My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 5/05/19 10:30 AM

Great hospitality! Very good wines and a awesome experience overall!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Terri L. Member Since 1/18/2019My BFF
Outdoor Tasting on 5/05/19 10:00 AM

great experience! Shane is highly knowledgeable on Far Niente, their history and their wines. Would definitely go back!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Terry H. Member Since 4/28/2019My Frenemy
Tour & Tasting on 4/28/19 12:30 PM

Beautiful grounds and vineyard, & wine was great. However, the tour was all about selling the wine club to us...so annoying. The guide kept talking about how other vineyards only want to push their wine clubs, but Far Niente doesn't...and that was all he talked about. Had to listen to over an hour of the virtues of joining club before we had chance to even taste the wine.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 2/5
Rena & Marc S. Member Since 9/9/2015My BFF
Outdoor Tasting on 5/04/19 10:00 AM

it was wonderful and Elisabeth did a great job hosting.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Robert A. Member Since 8/10/2017My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 5/04/19 1:00 PM

Enjoyed the tour, but it felt rushed. This was our second time taking the tour. The first time, the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. This time, not as much.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jeffery R. Member Since 2/28/2019My BFF
Outdoor Tour & Tasting on 5/04/19 11:00 AM

Our second time on the tour/tasting. Just as good as the first, maybe better. Our host Jess was terrific, absolutely first rate. Super knowledgeable, super friendly, answered all of our dumb questions with a smile, could not have been more engaging.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Wilson H. Member Since 5/3/2013My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 4/30/19 10:30 AM

Efficient, knowledgeable, high class, interesting and memorable.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lisa & Evan M. Member Since 12/5/2012My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 5/03/19 10:30 AM

As always, Far Niente did not disappoint. The wine, hospitality, and atmosphere were on point!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jonah H. Member Since 3/27/2019My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 5/03/19 1:00 PM

Lovely experience! Great wines - Todd was awesome!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Victoria W. Member Since 3/20/2014My BFF
Outdoor Tasting on 5/03/19 10:30 AM

We rarely get the time to do tastings at Far Niente, but when we do it is always perfect! We sat by the lower level pond and it was beautiful, very relaxing and peaceful. Elizabeth was really sweet and a great conversationalist :)

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Anna & George K. Member Since 1/22/2013My BFF
Outdoor Tasting - on 5/03/19 3:30 PM

Shane was a very knowledgeable host. He went out of his way to give us an amazing experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Gail & Don L. Member Since 7/16/2017My Parents
Tour & Tasting on 4/30/19 12:30 PM

Was great experience until the end of our tastings. Nobody would open a bottle of Bella Union Caberntet Sauvignon for tasting? Ridiculous. We were told that we could taste the wine at Nickel & Nickel - NOT TRUE. You lost a great wine club member over a $80 bottle of wine - redicuoous! I cannot believe that Gil or Beth Nickel would agree with this policy. It was embarrassing for me. Please call me

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Michael D. Member Since 5/29/2013My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 5/02/19 12:30 PM

Jess was awesome. VERY knowledgeable about the winery, history, property, and most importantly the wine! We throughly enjoyed our tour...

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Bryce E. Member Since 4/15/2019My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 5/01/19 10:30 AM

Beautiful property, hospitable host, fantastic wine. An experience I will never forget

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Perry V. Member Since 5/11/2017My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 4/30/19 2:30 PM

Our tour and tasting at Far Niente was spectacular, as always! The property is amazing and the wines were incredible. Rory was such a great tasting host and we thoroughly enjoyed her company!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sascha R. Member Since 8/6/2016My BFF
Library Wine Tasting -19 on 4/29/19 1:30 PM

Beautiful grounds and building in an unbelievable setting. The Library tasting was outstanding along with being informative.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
David H. Member Since 1/21/2019My Parents
Tour & Tasting on 4/28/19 2:00 PM

Our guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the winery. The wine itself was pretty good, but the amount of time spent during the 90 minutes without a glass in our hands was a bit of a letdown. After spending the better part of an hour walking around the beautiful grounds and wine cellar, the actual tasting portion was in a cramped and stuffy room with practically no natural light.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Thomas G. Member Since 4/24/2019My BFF
Tour & Tasting on 4/24/19 10:30 AM

Beautiful vineyard with well trained staff and excellent wines!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sharon M. Member Since 6/16/2016My BFF
Private Tasting on 4/27/19 1:00 PM

Beautiful experience from beginning to end.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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