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Far Niente Winery, Oakville

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Winery / Vineyard · Food & Drink
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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.

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.
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  • We booked the high end tasting that included food pairings ($250 per person) and noted in advance one in our party was pescatarian. While three of us enjoyed a fabulous duck parfait with our red... 
    We booked the high end tasting that included food pairings ($250 per person) and noted in advance one in our party was pescatarian. While three of us enjoyed a fabulous duck parfait with our red...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful winery. Wine was fantastic. This was my favorite winery we visited. Our guide, Scott, was great. 
    Absolutely beautiful winery. Wine was fantastic. This was my favorite winery we visited. Our guide, Scott, was great.  more »
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  • First the property is beyond beautiful! The tasting was outside and had heaters along with blankets if needed. It was near a little pond. The wine was so wonderful and they paired it great. We enjoyed this place and will go back. The staff was so good with hospitality and knowledge.
  • Wow! What a beautiful and serene winery! The views are absolutely stunning. We took the tour of the estate and had some of their best wines. This one is a must when you come to Napa.

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