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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 Experiences
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • Large Groups (8 - 12)
  • Lunch
  • Private Tasting
  • Tour and Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Austin L. Member Since 8/1/2018
Tour & Tasting on 8/05/18 12:30 PM

This was the best wine tasting and tour i have done in napa. Very intimate so you really feel the care and love that they have for everyone. I would highly recommend going if you are able to get a reservation! The wine is exceptional and so tasty!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Aleyda K. Member Since 8/10/2018
Tour & Tasting on 8/10/18 3:00 PM

Delightful!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nicholas H. Member Since 3/14/2014
Private Outdoor Tasting on 8/09/18 3:30 PM

We were lucky enough to have Shane as our host. He made the tour and tasting a wonderful experience. We will absolutely recommend FN and Shane to our friends.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Pam R. Member Since 8/9/2018
Tour & Tasting on 8/09/18 12:30 PM

The best tour and tasting so far! I was able to snag a reservation last minute and I am so glad! Our guide (Elisabeth) was fantastic! She was super knowledgeable, and friendly. She gave lots of history about the winery and shared lots of insight during the tasing, which came with a wonderful cheese pairing. I ended up joining a wine club- she made me fall in love with the wine!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
George M. Member Since 1/26/2015
Cave Collection Tasting on 8/09/18 12:00 PM

Outstanding! The service and experience is one that all connoisseurs should experience especially at this level of wine.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Stephan H. Member Since 8/13/2014
Tour & Tasting on 8/08/18 2:30 PM

Excellent experience from start to finish! Incredible grounds... excellent tour and wine tasting! Highly recommend!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jan C. Member Since 6/11/2018
Tour & Tasting on 8/06/18 12:30 PM

We had high expectations, and this was so far beyond that; we want to keep this as our secret happy place! The grounds are spectacular, the stone building (National Registry of Historic Places) has been lovingly restored and the caves extended, and even the French oak casks are absolutely the best - and then, there's the wines! Absolutely superior experience!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jennifer D. Member Since 8/3/2018
Outdoor Tour & Tasting on 8/07/18 2:30 PM

As you drive in through the vineyard on the tree lined driveways you get a sense of awhhh. And it doesn’t stop until you leave the property. It’s amazing. The tour is fabulous, the tasting under the trees was wonderful and informative and our host was lovely. Best stop on our visit to Napa.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Rebecca S. Member Since 4/19/2018
Tour & Tasting on 8/05/18 10:00 AM

Everything was so amazing here from the moment you see the entrance. The grounds are beautiful, the story is amazing, the wine is incredible and the staff are so friendly and inviting. I would not only recommend it, but suggest you become a member. I will also say that we are not Chardonnay fans, but we are fans of Far Niente Chardonnay!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Noel C. Member Since 3/27/2016
Private Outdoor Tasting on 8/04/18 3:30 PM

I was not impressed with my host and found him to be pretentious.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 4/5
kelly t. Member Since 8/9/2016
Outdoor Tour & Tasting on 8/03/18 2:30 PM

We were a party of 4 and had a beautiful tasting experience outside underneath the 100 year old cork/oak tree.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Pattie H. Member Since 6/4/2018
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/19/18 12:30 PM

My visit to Far Niente was fabulous!! It is the most gorgeous winery I have ever visited. I am a Chardonnay girl and Far Niente makes the best chardonnay in Napa! Period! The tasting was in a lovely outdoor setting on a brick patio with beautiful crystal wine glasses and excellent food. Our Hostess was superb, warm and friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommend!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Teresa M. Member Since 7/12/2018
Tour & Tasting on 8/01/18 12:30 PM

My husband and I have always enjoyed your wines and your beautiful property. When we have friends or family come from back east we bring them to Far Niente. This last trip our guide, John Moore, was very knowledgeable and personable.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Justin S. Member Since 8/25/2015
Tour & Tasting - on 8/02/18 10:30 AM

Place was amazing! Highly recommend!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael S. Member Since 7/31/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 8/02/18 3:30 PM

Lovely estate with a nice cheese and wine pairing.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Greg G. Member Since 4/13/2014
Tour & Tasting on 8/02/18 1:00 PM

Great as usual!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Carol T. Member Since 7/14/2018
Tour & Tasting on 8/02/18 1:00 PM

Gorgeous views and gardens, cool cave tour and impressive wines. Don’t miss Far Niente!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Peggy & Robert C. Member Since 7/18/2018
Outdoor Tour & Tasting on 7/31/18 12:30 PM

Fabulous grounds, hospitality and tasting. Best value in the Valley.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael H. Member Since 9/2/2015
Outdoor Tour & Tasting on 7/30/18 10:00 AM

The tour and tasting were great. The cheese pairing is amazing. The views are perfect and Chris our host did a fabulous job walking through the history of the vineyard and details of the wines.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Christi Q. Member Since 6/11/2018
Tour & Tasting - on 7/31/18 10:30 AM

Our experience at Far Niente was exceptional. The grounds are gorgeous. The tastings were generous and superb...featuring wines not readily available outside the winery. I love the story and history of the place. Reminds me so much of Italy.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lisa G. Member Since 9/15/2016
Tour & Tasting on 7/22/18 3:00 PM

The grounds are beautiful, stunning, breathtaking. Our wine educator was one of the best we’ve experienced in Napa Valley. The cave experience hasn’t changed in 15 years. The tasting room above garage hasn’t changed in 40 years. Sorry, if this sounds mean but it really needs to be updated.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 2/5
Hanna L. Member Since 7/26/2018
Tour & Tasting on 7/27/18 2:30 PM

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Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Lawrence M. Member Since 7/23/2018
Tour & Tasting on 7/29/18 10:00 AM

The experience was lessened because we arrived 10 min late for tour. The woman at desk was very rude and refused to catch us up. She kept saying the tour be back in 5 to 6 min. It was 30 min. Tasting was great. She was rude.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 4/5
David and Nannette R. Member Since 3/8/2018
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/03/18 11:30 AM

Just an awesome experience all the way around. Did I mention the wine? The best!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Tracie N. Member Since 7/5/2018
Tour & Tasting on 7/29/18 12:30 PM

Great service and beautiful ground. Definitely would recommend to my friends and families.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Simon W. Member Since 11/29/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/27/18 3:00 PM

Beautiful grounds and tour through the winery, really enjoyed the extensive caves and tasting in the cupola. The wines are incredible and the ambience is top-notch. Our host was knowledgeable, courteous and made for a great experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jillian S. Member Since 3/17/2014
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/28/18 3:30 PM

Excellent as per usual

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Marko K. Member Since 4/24/2014
Outdoor Tour & Tasting on 7/28/18 12:30 PM

Far Niente was far the best wine tour/experience of the 3 we did had that day. Beautiful winery, great wines and great people. Chris our tour guide was very knowledgeable of Far Niente history and Napa. He was patience with our group who loved taking pictures of everything. Definitely having Chris for our tour guide next time.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
joseph r. Member Since 3/6/2014
Tour & Tasting on 7/27/18 3:00 PM

The first time I was ever disappoint there. I brought 2 clients from NY and the only request they had was to go here to see the car collection. We did the tour and the day we were there was a private party and we couldn’t see the cars as they took up that space.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Maggi & Paul G. Member Since 6/11/2018
Tour & Tasting on 7/26/18 1:00 PM

Awesome experience! Thank you so much!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Downy V. Member Since 7/17/2018
Outdoor Tour & Tasting on 7/24/18 10:00 AM

My wife and I loved everything about our experience at Far Niente...the estate, the tour, the people, the wine...all good!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Marylin R. Member Since 7/18/2018
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/20/18 10:30 AM

Excellent

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Teresa H. Member Since 12/6/2017
Outdoor Tour & Tasting on 7/19/18 10:00 AM

The entire experience was so amazing and our hostess was very welcoming . We learned about the winery and the outdoor tasting was fabulous!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Phyllis C. Member Since 3/10/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/23/18 10:00 AM

Our tour was fabulous. The grounds are breath taking. Chris did an excellent the wines are exceptional

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Debra & Pieter B. Member Since 7/20/2018
Outdoor Tour & Tasting on 7/23/18 12:30 PM

We were late yet Far Niente called us to reconfirm, greeted us graciously at the door and connected us with a group to tour the caves. My out of state (upstate NY) relatives loved the caves! Then, we were seated outside near a fountain and lovely grass area at a wood table with other guests. We had a wine rep who told us about the 5 wines that we tasted and the individual cheese plate. Lovely!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Vicki G. Member Since 10/14/2015
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/22/18 3:30 PM

I work for a winery in the area (a member of the trade, so to speak) and I can tell you that the Far Niente experience is one of the very best in the valley. The hospitality is outstanding and every wine is superb, and the cheese pairings were spot on with the corresponding wine. I brought my BFF to impress her (as she is a big wine connoisseur) and Far Niente did not disappoint. Loved it.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Bill B. Member Since 6/20/2018
Tour & Tasting on 7/22/18 10:00 AM

Excellent all around. I'm certainly not a frequent flyer to vineyards in Napa, but based on my limited experience with vineyards, this was the best. My wife and I will certainly be buying Far Niente and their other brands in the future.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Philip M. Member Since 1/13/2014
Tour & Tasting on 7/22/18 2:00 PM

The experience was like a magical dream. Very courteous staff.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Charmaine S. Member Since 6/27/2018
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/20/18 10:30 AM

An Absolutely stunning property. We had a phenomenal experience with our host Dandy and of course the wines themselves. A must go place when visiting Napa

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Bill O. Member Since 7/9/2018
Tour & Tasting on 7/20/18 12:30 PM

This was not the first time I have been here. I do believe the facility gets better with age! I brought other family members to visit with us and they said it was the highlight of their trip.

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