Far Niente Winery, Oakville

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  • October 1, 2017
    Idyllic romantic vineyard with a beautifully restored historic building. The landscaping surrounding the vineyard is worth the visit and as a bonus the wines are fantastic.  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    What gorgeous grounds! The place is beautiful and serene. The wines are very good and the tasting experience was fantastic. A must see.  more »
  • September 8, 2017
    This is, in my opinion, the best wine, the best wine tour, and the best winery in Napa. First, the grounds are amazing. Built on a hill that overlooks the valley, with the original buildings, the incr...  more »
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  • April 11, 2017
    The estate, the wine, and the tasting/tour was absolutely incredible. The staff is friendly and fun. They have so much knowledge to share and take their time explaining every wine you taste. The wine caves are impressive as well! I highly recommend stopping at Far Niente if you are in the Napa Valley.
  • June 5, 2017
    Of all the Napa Valley Wineries that I’ve been to – Chappellet, Castello Di Amorosa, Beringer, CADE, Del Dotto, Robert Mondavi, V.Sattui, Sterling, Hall St. Helena, Domaine, Black Stallion, just to name some – Far Niente is the most magical, and has, in my opinion, some of the best wines in the valley. I recently went on a trip to Napa Valley with four friends, and this winery was the favorite of everyone in the group. It was the only winery that we literally wanted to live at, and every single one of us ended up purchasing wine here (which I can’t say for any other winery on our trip). When we pulled up to Far Niente, we already knew it was something special. We rang a call box to announce our arrival and the beautiful front gates swept open. As we drove up the tree-lined driveway we were met with beautiful flora from all over the country and world. The owner’s brother apparently runs a large landscaping business, and the immaculate grounds were meticulously maintained. We were so enthralled by the grounds, in fact, that we actually ended up being late to our tour despite showing up 15 minutes early. We couldn’t stop exploring and the photo opportunities couldn’t be passed up. As we finally approached the winery we stared up in awe at the beautiful French country-style mansion. The building, built in the 1800s, forms the centerpiece of the winery, and is alone worth the trip. As we walked up to the building we were met by Reed Gomes, an incredible tour guide who provided plenty of laughs and kept us fascinated the entire time. Our entire visit we never felt like Reed was trying to sell us anything or even impress us. It simply felt as if he was sharing his home with us, opening its doors and making us feel welcome. I don’t want to ruin the tour before you get a chance to visit, but suffice it to say that from the barrel room, to the cave cellars, to the magnificent lake, we loved every minute of it. The tasting that followed was equally impressive, and for the first time we found ourselves liking almost everything we tried. The 2014 cabernet, the 2015 chardonnay, the 2015 Pinot from one of their other wineries, Enroute…all were incredible. The star of the show, however, was their 2010 Dolce. It was the single best dessert wine I’ve ever had, appropriately nicknamed “Liquid Gold.” The flavors of honey, apricot, and crème brulee blended together so seamlessly that I had to make Reed prove that there were no added sugars in the wine. It was truly a magical finish to a magical experience, and I mean it when I say that I can’t wait to go back. If you want to visit a beautiful winery with beautiful grounds, go to Far Niente. If you want an outstanding winery tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide, go to Far Niente. And if you want some of the very best wines in all of Napa Valley, go to Far Niente. “Far Niente” comes from an Italian phrase that means “without a care,” and I think it’s because after one trip here you won’t care about visiting other wineries.
  • March 19, 2017
    Beautiful park-like grounds, exotic car collection on display, and luxurious wines. Be sure to make reservations, there's a gate and you will not get in without prior notice!
  • April 13, 2017
    One of the best experiences Napa Valley has to offer and a must for wine collectors. Call well in advance for appointments.
  • August 17, 2016
    Beautiful winery with spectacular views of the amazing gardens! We booked an appointment and took the tour and tasting. The facilities are beautiful and the wines were delightful. The host/guide was knowledgeable and informative but was a little stiff in the presentation and sounded a bit like a tape recorder. Make sure to book your tour and tasting beforehand for this must-see winery.

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