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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
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
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Carlos M. Member Since 6/9/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 6/22/17 3:30 PM

great Hospitality and service

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
Stuart S. Member Since 5/29/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 6/21/17 1:30 PM

Beautiful grounds, accommodating staff and great wine! We were early and Ms. Sambuca was ready and eager to show us around. It was an enjoyable experience.

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
Greg V. Member Since 6/4/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 6/19/17 3:00 PM

It was wonderful and fantastic and I wouldn't change a thing! Highly highly 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
Ted T. Member Since 9/2/2014
Tour & Tasting on 6/20/17 3:00 PM

This was a return visit and the magic of the location is still very present. The tour was shorter e.g. could not get a up close look at the auto museum or the Library that we had on our first time. However, the information presented and, especially, the tasting education was tops. Why? Our host was Vincent once again! Our guests were in awe and they are regulars at Sonoma County events.

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
Dwight A. Member Since 8/9/2013
Tour & Tasting on 6/18/17 2:00 PM

This is first class all the way! Really for the serious wine drinker and/or those who have an appreciation of Napa Valley history. Rory is an amazing hostess. And of course the wines speak for themselves.

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
Lauren P. Member Since 5/18/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/16/17 3:00 PM

Vincent was great! Very knowledge and friendly. The winery is beautiful!

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
Danielle M. Member Since 5/10/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/15/17 1:00 PM

Completely breath taking, tour guide was sweet, smart, and friendly.

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
Matthew L. Member Since 6/12/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 6/13/17 1:30 PM

Kyle was a great host. Beautiful grounds--arrive early and go on a self-guided tour.

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
Matthew M. Member Since 5/19/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/08/17 1:00 PM

Amazing property, wine, and hospitality. Rory was an outstanding host!

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
Rick T. Member Since 6/4/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/13/17 10:00 AM

Absolutely the best Wine Tasting experience in 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
Linda S. Member Since 6/11/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 6/12/17 10:30 AM

There are those moments that will last forever; Already I am reminiscing fondly about our visit to FarNiente. Gracious warm and welcoming in a gorgeous relaxed outdoor setting. Kyle , our host, was knowledgeable and the consummate professional. Far Niente created an experience that seemed to be just for us. Of course, they run a business but made us feel special. Far beyond other vineyard visits!

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
Wayne W. Member Since 4/17/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/12/17 1:00 PM

Beautiful buildings and grounds. Tour somewhat lacking. Great wine. Overall good experience.

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
Vanessa M. Member Since 3/30/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/10/17 2:00 PM

Very beautiful gardens

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
Jeanne & Nick S. Member Since 1/3/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/11/17 1:00 PM

All the hosts are very knowledgeable and everyone is super nice and goes out of their way to bring something different to the table.

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
Mary B. Member Since 6/10/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 6/11/17 12:00 PM

Andrew was very good host. Tasting room had gorgeous view of vineyards from upstairs. Caves were phenomenal and the history of the facility intriguing! Wines were superb!

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
Bruce B. Member Since 4/11/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/11/17 10:00 AM

Outstanding tour and the wine was exceptional. Very informative and felt welcome from the moment we arrived

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
Genn G. Member Since 6/9/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 6/10/17 10:00 AM

From our arrival at the gate, to the gorgeous estate, to our amazing private tasting in the cupola, this was the most impressive wine tasting experience I have ever had. If you like great wine and beautiful surroundings, you must schedule a tasting here! We will be back.

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
Phil C. Member Since 6/4/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 6/05/17 1:30 PM

The moment the gate swung open we knew this was going to be a different experience. The grounds were impeccable. It was so calm and beautiful. We were met at the door by our hostess Rory. Elegance, grace, wit and charm, together with an adorable smile and an extraordinary knowledge of her products. We visited 10 wineries during our vacation and Far Niente was right at the top of the list.

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
Ernesto E. Member Since 2/24/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/09/17 1:00 PM

Well organized tour. The tasting was well done and the quality of the wines was superior. The overall experience is outstanding!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Shelly B. Member Since 12/16/2014
Tour & Tasting on 6/09/17 10:00 AM

Loved the grounds and short tour. Our guide was well informed but very interesting. Our tasting was pre-set and was a wonderful experience. I would recommend Far Niente to anybody who enjoys an intimate 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
Susan C. Member Since 6/7/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/07/17 1:00 PM

Grounds were stunning, and reception was friendly and polite. Information provided was informative, but the presentation style was a bit rehearsed, memorized, and lacked that genuine conversational feel.

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
Larry C. Member Since 5/8/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/07/17 1:00 PM

The grounds were stunning and the inside offered so much more than a typical tour. Our host was so well spoken and even took the extra step that most do not to offer to take pictures of each couple in the group. The tasting was the most informative, relaxed, and enjoyable tasting we had all week.

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
Hilary W. Member Since 4/6/2017
Tour & Tasting on 5/25/17 1:00 PM

Far Niente is such a lovely property and the staff are wonderful!

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
Tom H. Member Since 3/30/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/06/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful property. We enjoyed the short but very informative tour. The room set up for our tasting presented elegantly. Anthony was full of information and did a great job.

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
Deb L. Member Since 3/24/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/05/17 10:00 AM

Tasting was informative educational and relaxing. Loved the wines

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
Melissa S. Member Since 7/4/2012
Tour & Tasting on 6/03/17 1:00 PM

Beautiful grounds and wonderful hospitality. Will definitely return!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jane & Jerry H. Member Since 12/17/2016
Tour & Tasting on 6/03/17 10:00 AM

Reed did a fabulous job and was very knowledgeable about FarNiente and wines in general. I sent him a note.

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
Kim S. Member Since 2/2/2015
Private Tasting Only on 6/03/17 12:00 PM

The server was knowledgeable about the wine and very friendly. We brought our children and they were very impressed with the whole 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
Vicki & John L. Member Since 5/30/2017
Tour & Tasting on 5/31/17 1:00 PM

The place is amazing, the service is excellent and the place is beautiful. The tasting experience is well done.

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
Jillian L. Member Since 3/8/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/02/17 1:00 PM

What an impressive experience! Loved the tour - Vincent was so knowledgeable and entertaining. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon - We felt so special and spoiled. Thank you for letting us tour your incredible winery!

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
Elana G. Member Since 3/18/2017
Tour & Tasting on 5/31/17 10:00 AM

Everything was lovely, it may have been our favorite experience while in 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
Ashley A. Member Since 5/25/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/02/17 12:30 PM

We didn't know what to expect when we first arrived; it seemed a bit pretentious with locked gates and intercoms. We were greeted in a warm manner though and the tour and grounds are breathtaking. It was nice to hear about the history of Far Niente. The wine is superb and Reed was an excellent host

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Diana V. Member Since 3/18/2017
Tour & Tasting on 5/31/17 1:00 PM

Far Niente was breathtaking, something out of a fairy tale. The presentation and Manager who presented our tour was incredibly knowledgable about the vineyard, its history and wine making in general. The ONLY thing I didn't like was it was a little snooty. But for the experience and the amazing wine, I'd still recommend it every day of the week!

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
Chris B. Member Since 5/11/2017
Tour & Tasting on 6/01/17 12:30 PM

Great experience! Driving in was magical. Tour was fun and informative. Tour guide was amazing and knowledgeable. And of course the wine was out of this world!!!

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
Cheryl K. Member Since 6/12/2015
Tour & Tasting on 6/01/17 10:00 AM

Kelly was a very knowledgeable host! We enjoyed our time at Nickel & Nickel and love their wine!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Mike J. Member Since 4/10/2017
Club Tour & Tasting on 5/30/17 3:00 PM

Absolutely great

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
Rose & Osvaldo F. Member Since 3/23/2017
Tour & Tasting on 5/20/17 1:00 PM

This is really neat place. Great history, beautiful setting, amazing caves and well done tour and tasting. Wonderful wines. Our host Rory was excellent during our private 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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Marcelo F. Member Since 4/28/2017
Tour & Tasting on 5/25/17 10:00 AM

The visit at Far Nientr was remarkably rich! The team greeted us at the best easy possible, the property is amazing and the wines are from another world! Congrats to all at Far Niente for making the visit there an experience to be forever remembered!

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
Louis P. Member Since 5/25/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 5/25/17 1:30 PM

Kyle was a great and knowledgeable host. Property is exquisite. Wine is phenomenal. Loved it all!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Far Niente
1350 Acacia Drive
Oakville, CA 94562
Today 6/27 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday 6/28 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 6/29 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 6/30 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday 7/1 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday 7/2 10:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Monday 7/3 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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