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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
Debbie M. Member Since 8/4/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 8/17/17 3:00 PM

The wine, the grounds and the scenery are top notch.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Lynn A. Member Since 6/28/2017
Tour & Tasting on 8/16/17 3:00 PM

Beautiful grounds. Non-authentic. Not welcoming. No passion. Host was not engaging. We were shown some beautiful cars but were unable to walk close to them. No thank you. Did I mention a poor value?

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Kevin B. Member Since 8/8/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 8/08/17 1:30 PM

The Best Wine Tasting experience ever!!! From the first moment of driving into the vineyard until we left Far Niente, it was by far the most wonderful hour of our wine tasting in my wife's and my 20 years!! The outside grounds were drop dead gorgeous. Jessica was simply outstanding and so well versed in the ins and outs of their wine and winery history. A must stop and taste! Kevin Brennan

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Brian G. Member Since 8/3/2017
Tour & Tasting on 8/09/17 3:00 PM

beautiful place

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Maggie M. Member Since 8/19/2015
Tour & Tasting on 8/10/17 1:00 PM

We were thoroughly impressed with Far Niente and the hospitality, care and attention to detail we received on out visit. The wine was incredible, of course, and lived up to its impeccable reputation.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Mark R. Member Since 5/3/2017
Tour & Tasting on 8/08/17 10:00 AM

jessica was a great host! the grounds and facility are spectacular. the wines are extremely good and can age quite awhile

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Nick H. Member Since 8/6/2017
Tour & Tasting on 8/07/17 10:00 AM

Amazing facilities, amazing tour and amazing wine. The only slight disappointment was that the lady who greeted everyone upon entering behind the desk was a bit of a prude. Slightly snobbish. We just felt like she was not welcoming nor did she want to be there. Otherwise.. Far Niente remains our favorite!

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Patrick D. Member Since 4/14/2017
Tour & Tasting on 8/09/17 1:00 PM

Unique environment, deep history, quality wine, friendly staff.. and no hard sales tactics! awesome

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Betsy L. Member Since 7/18/2016
Tour & Tasting on 8/08/17 11:00 AM

Rory was awesome and I liked the wines so much that I joined the club ! Most Beautiful grounds of any winery!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Larry C. Member Since 8/8/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 8/08/17 12:00 PM

One of the most beautiful Winery locations in Napa. Premier wines and gorgeous landscaping and facility. My host, Jessica Sambuca, was welcoming and a wealth of information on the tour, The outside tasting was more like hanging out a your best friends place. Far Niente is a must tour. Forgot to mention their great classic car collection on site. Outstanding visit!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Corey M. Member Since 7/11/2017
Tour & Tasting on 8/05/17 1:00 PM

Great overall, really enjoyed our tasting with Rory - very knowledgeable and fun

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Sue S. Member Since 11/2/2014
Private Indoor Tasting on 8/03/17 10:00 AM

Far Niente is one of my favorite wineries. I love the wine and the winery is beautiful. The full tour is wonderful but I am glad my husband and I had the option to do a private tasting. We really enjoyed the experience.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Valentia & Tim M. Member Since 6/27/2017
Tour & Tasting on 8/04/17 12:00 PM

A wonderful experience from the drive thru the gate to the tour to the tasting and walking the beautiful grounds. Oh, and the wine is spectacular

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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John P. Member Since 2/20/2013
Tour & Tasting on 8/04/17 11:00 AM

A touch of heaven on earth. Words that describe our experience; Friendly, Personable, Customer Obsession, provide us context and the connection to the vineyard through tell stories. Totally enjoyed are visit

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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George B. Member Since 10/7/2016
Tour & Tasting on 8/03/17 10:00 AM

Facilities were beautiful. The experience was a little underwhelming. It would have been nice to have wine during the tour while walking around. The value for the price was not a great as other wineries of similar caliber.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ashley & Andrew E. Member Since 4/3/2017
Tour & Tasting on 8/04/17 10:00 AM

We had a remarkable time at Far Niente. The property is absolutely gorgeous. Reed was our tour guide and did a phenomenal job educating us on the property, the company's history, and its wines. We will be visiting again as members for one of their member events in the coming months!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Anthony P. Member Since 11/30/2014
Tour & Tasting on 8/01/17 3:00 PM

Exceptional experience!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Ashley B. Member Since 7/2/2017
Tour & Tasting on 8/01/17 11:00 AM

The tour was interesting, the grounds gorgeous and the wine tasting perfect!!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Laura S. Member Since 5/15/2014
Tour & Tasting on 7/30/17 12:00 PM

when you arrive the grounds at Far Niente are gorgeous. The tour was great and informative. The room for our tasting was beautiful, wines and cheese pairings are fabulous. My only comment is most of the wineries will offer additional wine tastes... Here, it was like they wanted to charge for additional pours. Overall we enjoyed the visit.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Kirk D. Member Since 6/28/2014
Tour & Tasting on 7/30/17 12:00 PM

Great time

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Dan D. Member Since 2/22/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/21/17 1:00 PM

Very classy winery, from my initial greeting until I walked out the door everyone I encountered was very friendly, hospitable and knowledgeable. The grounds were of course beautiful and meticulously kept. And of course the best part is the wine!!!! The tasting was fantastic and paired perfectly with cheese.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Nicole & Mark C. Member Since 1/26/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/28/17 10:00 AM

Great experience!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Stephane C. Member Since 7/22/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 7/28/17 12:00 PM

Just great. The most personnalised reception we had and a among the best wine for sure

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Nick N. Member Since 6/27/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/27/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful property. Excellent tasting experience. Exceeded expectations

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Mike G. Member Since 7/13/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/21/17 12:00 PM

Everything was first class. From the "guide" meeting us upon arrival, to the set up of the wine tasting to the descriptions of the wines as well as the history of the winery. We were so inclined to join the wine club based on the private tasting experience.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Mary C. Member Since 7/25/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/27/17 3:30 PM

We had a great experience!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Dennis F. Member Since 6/28/2015
Tour & Tasting on 7/25/17 12:00 PM

Excellent tour and tasting with Jennifer

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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David M. Member Since 9/22/2014
Tour & Tasting on 7/22/17 11:00 AM

Excellent experience

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Audrey B. Member Since 7/12/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/20/17 11:00 AM

I very much enjoyed our visit. It was informative and also quite fascinating walking through the tunnels. Our host, Reed, was professional, engaging and an overall great guide throughout the entire visit. The wines were fantastic and the pairings made the experience all that much richer. Thank you!

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
Brandon M. Member Since 5/19/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/21/17 3:00 PM

The grounds of this vineyard are the best I have seen. Very beautiful with a park like setting. The wines are amazing to try and the tasting is formal. Definitely worth a stop.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Ian K. Member Since 7/12/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/20/17 12:00 PM

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Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Paul S. Member Since 4/14/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/20/17 1:00 PM

It was nice the wine was given out very sparse. We went to outher vineyards in the area and the pouring never stopped. Far niente is my favorite of all wines. What have been nice to have a little more. Especially for the price.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Michele & Mark L. Member Since 6/14/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/18/17 3:30 PM

The actual property is really nice but $75 for 3 small tastings is too much for this place.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Teresa & Paul B. Member Since 6/25/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/14/17 12:00 PM

Far Niente was recommended to us by friends and it was an absolutely wonderful visit! Excellent host (John), beautiful facility and grounds (loved the caves), and fantastic wine tasting. We will definitely return on our next visit.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Robin H. Member Since 5/18/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/17/17 1:00 PM

Lovely property and nice tour of the facilities. Our guide was good, but a bit of an actor. The tasting was fantastic...the cheese was frankly outstanding. Overall, it was a very nice experience and I would highly recommend. Oh, but I would have enjoyed stopping by/hearing a little bit about the car collection...this wasn't mentioned at all, which I thought to be a bit odd.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Rick P. Member Since 6/20/2017
Tour & Tasting on 7/17/17 11:00 AM

Unhappy with overall staff experience

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Rhonda G. Member Since 7/11/2017
Private Indoor Tasting on 7/16/17 3:00 PM

The grounds are stunning.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Jennifer K. Member Since 5/20/2017
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/15/17 10:30 AM

Definitely plan lots of time to explore the grounds. It is an amazing, beautiful property. We didn't want to leave, but we had another appointment. The wine was fantastic. It's on the higher end with some bottles over $100, but worth it! It was great hearing about the family & the property history from our host. As well as about the wine. We will be back to enjoy again.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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John S. Member Since 8/13/2016
Private Outdoor Tasting on 7/14/17 10:00 AM

The wine was fantastic, and the experience touring the property was incredible. All the staff were so friendly and really seemed to want us to feel relaxed and enjoy ourselves. Jessica, our host, was knowledgeable and fun! Thank you for such a lovely tasting - we have already recommended the tour (and the wine club!) to friends.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Lee W. Member Since 5/1/2012
Tour & Tasting on 7/07/17 10:00 AM

The lush hillside and the historic stone winery at Far Niente are beautiful. The history of the caves during our tour was fascinating. If it wasn't so hot the day we visited, I would've asked if the wine tasting could be at the outdoor grill. The wines and cheeses were paired nicely. My favorite was their cabernet sauvignon.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Far Niente
1350 Acacia Drive
Oakville, CA 94562
Today 8/21 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Wednesday 8/23 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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