Far Niente Winery

7079442861 1350 Acacia Drive
Oakville, CA 94562
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Far Niente was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a forty-niner of the California gold rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter, Winslow Homer. Benson hired architect Hamden McIntyre, creator of the former Christian Brothers winery – now the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone – to design the building. Constructed against a hillside in western Oakville, Far Niente functioned as a gravity flow winery, gently moving the grapes through each stage of production. Far Niente prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919, when it was abandoned and left to fall into disrepair. Sixty years later, in 1979, Gil Nickel purchased the winery and adjacent vineyard and began a three-year restoration of the property. During restoration, the original name, Far Niente, from an Italian phrase that romantically translated means "without a care," was found carved in stone on the front of the building where it remains to this day. We felt an obligation to preserve the name with the hope that we could recapture a bygone era when life was indeed without a care. Nineteen eighty-two marked the return of winemaking to Far Niente, with the harvest of the winery’s first Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

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  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011


    Most 2011 wines from Califonia not up to par but Far NIENTE DIDNT DISAPPOINT rich full flavors Read More

    Wine review by stachlaw

  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate Bottled 1999


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    Wine review by Misterbv

  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2012


    Powerfully young at the time of tasting, Many layers full bodied flavor to enjoy as the wine opens. Definitely a wine to enjoy over a nice few quiet hours. A cornucopia of voluptuousness. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Hi guys, it's me again... crazy Brazilian-New Yorker chick asking for advice on wine travel...So I will have 4 full days in the area (May 14-17) and wanted to pick your brains for anything amazing and cost-beneficial you can come up with (except for hotels, I could care less about where I stay, all money goes to wine!).For timing reasons, my mai... Read More

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  • OK, just had to spew my cajun dirty rice with Rosso di Montepulciano out my ... Select94 WA$200 / bottle1999 Far Niente Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Cave Collection-$150 / bottle2000 Vérité Winery Red Wine, La Muse91 WA$150 / bottle2001 Vérité Winery Red Wine, La Muse100 WA$300 / bottle2002 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Hillside Select100... Read More

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  • Hey everyone, what are some of your favorite 'everyday' or M-F types of wines to accompany a regular dinner?  I personally have enjoyed the Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and I usually pick it up from Total Wines out here in Virginia.  This is one of those fruit-forward cabs that isn't too complex for me to appreciate, and it usually cost... Read More

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  • Far Niente Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2012


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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Far Niente Chardonnay Napa Valley Estate Bottled 2005


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    Wine review by carrieknific

  • Far Niente Chardonnay Napa Valley Estate Bottled 2011


    nice nose of toast, light butter on the palatte it is very refreshing with a crisp finish Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer

  • On the third day of the incredible Oregon Wine Harvest Tour through the gorgeous state I proudly call home, our group of wine writers was lucky enough to sit down with four of Oregon’s top producers of fine Chardonnay: Jim Bernau of Willamette Valley Vineyards, Don Lange of Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards, Erik Kramer of Domaine Serene and Rober... Read More

    From the article A Tour of the Oregon Wine Harvest

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  • Fantastic tours - see the grounds, the caves, the car collection. You also get to sit in a private room and taste their wines, including the Dolce - all paired with Cheese. A really nice experience.

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