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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sémillon

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

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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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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  • 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

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  • Brittan Vineyards Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2010


    Before sharing my tasting notes on this wine, let me just say Im relieved my wine geekiness/giddiness did not show too badly when sharing a table with Robert Brittan. Hes a wine making legend out of Napa Valley. For 16 years, Brittan was the winemaker and vineyard manager at the highly acclaimed Stags Leap Winery in Napa. Before that, he made wi... Read More

    Wine review by Julia Crowley

  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Estate Bottled 1986


    Got this baby for free from Pete and 1-800-got-junk about 4 or 5 years ago. Apparently some rich wine collector in SeaCliff or something pitched cases upon cases of old wine. We took in about 7 cases or so and found this among some other really good wines ... and some not so good wines (the early 2000s whites were bad). Cracked it in Oct 2012 a... Read More

    Wine review by chock

  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Estate Bottled 2009


    Purchased at Winery. Pours a deep dark reddish violet color with some light reddish hues on the edges. Plenty of dark black fruit, plums & blackberries along with some road tar (reminds me of my summer job paving driveways). Hits the palate with lots of plum and blackberry flavors. In the middle some 'tar' flavors, which is a concoction of d... Read More

    Wine review by steve16046

  • Far Niente Chardonnay Napa Valley 2006


    pear, tropical, oak, mineral Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora

  • Sadly I did Not. I had a busy weekend that involved wine, but sadly that was mostly inventorying, packing, and moving wine around the state of NY! Got about a dozen cases moved closer to home, so now I'm pretty well set for the next few months of drinking! Next bottle up looks like it might very well be 1987 Dunn Napa Valley. Funny how Dunn was ... Read More

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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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