Far Niente Winery

1350 Acacia Dr Oakville, CA 94562

Luxury Napa Valley Winery

Where History Converges with Heaven

How do you begin to comprehend nature? How do you begin to understand land this beautiful, this unique, and this accomplished at producing wines of this magnitude? Far Niente is a triumph. A triumph of beauty, of history and of taking what nature has offered and accomplishing a standard of winemaking that mystifies even Mother Nature.

There’s not one aspect of Far Niente that isn’t touched by our passion and precision. With your first sip of our wines you are transported to a place and experience unrivaled in excellence.

Discover the timeless magic of Far Niente, the Napa Valley Wine Estate.

Our Cabernets

At Far Niente, we’ve been growing and making Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley since 1982. Deeply reflective of our nearly four decades of crafting majestic Napa Cabernets, our Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley marries fruit from our estate vineyards in Oakville with hand-selected Cabernet lots from Rutherford, Stags Leap, Calistoga and St. Helena. Grown exclusively in Oakville, Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Oakville is the most iconic Cabernet in our portfolio. The winemaker selects from the finest blocks of our estate to craft our highest expression of Oakville Cabernet.

Our Chardonnay

Our Estate Bottled Napa Valley Chardonnay comes from a blend of superb vineyards, many of which are located in Coombsville, a cool growing region nestled in the rolling hills east of Napa. We’ve been growing here for over 30 years, and the deeper, well-drained gravelly loam and volcanic ash soils enable a Chardonnay of subtle tropical fruit flavors and complex aromas. There’s also an absence of malolactic fermentation which preserves the grape’s natural acidity, lending the wine vibrant fruit and brightness in youth and allowing it to age beautifully, developing a sophisticated palate profile over time.

The Winery

John Benson established Far Niente in 1885 by John Benson. John was a forty-niner of the California gold rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter, Winslow Homer. Artistry clearly ran in the family because Benson hired Hamden McIntyre, creator of the former Christian Brothers Winery—now the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone—to design the building. The building itself is a piece of art designed to both astound the eye, and the palate, since it 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, whereupon it fell into disrepair. Sixty years later, in 1979, Gil Nickel purchased the winery and adjacent vineyard and began a three-year restoration process which resulted in its placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

Our first Chardonnay harvest took place in 1979. That vintage, along with the ’80 and ’81 vintages, were made off site. In 1982, winemaking returned to Far Niente with the first crush of Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, Far Niente remains focused on Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay so that it can continue to concentrate its efforts on creating two varietal wines of astonishing quality.

Far Niente prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919, whereupon it fell into disrepair. Sixty years later, in 1979, Gil Nickel purchased the winery and adjacent vineyard. This began a three-year restoration process which resulted in its placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

Our first Chardonnay harvest took place in 1979. That vintage, along with the ’80 and ’81 vintages, were made off site. In 1982, winemaking returned to Far Niente with the first crush of Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, Far Niente remains focused on Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. We continue to concentrate our efforts on creating two varietal wines of astonishing quality.

Visit Far Niente

Where Extraordinary Wines Meet Exquisite Hospitality

Elevate your sipping. And your scenery. Our Far Niente Winery sits nobly atop a crest in the heart of Oakville, Napa Valley. From beautifully cultivated gardens that reflect a distinctive southern style, to sprawling vineyards, to historic wine caves, you can explore the full splendor of the idyllic Far Niente Winery.  Book a seated private tasting of our world-renowned Napa Valley wines.

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