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When translated from an Italian phrase, ‘Far Niente’ romantically means ‘without a care’. We hope you recapture that essence as you take a behind-the-scenes peek at Far Niente and the fine Cabernet and Chardonnay we produce here in Oakville.

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Categores: Far Niente Cabernet, Far Niente Events

Some things never change – and I mean that in the best possible way. Civilization has been coming together over wine for millennia and the tradition lives on today. Although I’ve been involved in the wine business for more than 30 years, I continue to...

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Categores: Far Niente Cabernet, Far Niente Chardonnay, Visit Far Niente

There’s a bi-annual gathering in the Napa Valley called Live in the Vineyard, which treats a number of lucky radio listeners to a weekend of live music by both emerging and well-established musical acts. The event also attracts the recording and movie industries to the...

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Categores: Visit Far Niente

Gingkos at our Napa Valley Vineyard

We have a lot to be thankful for this year: a terrific, bountiful harvest comes immediately to mind, but we are also thankful for the fantastic people who continually come into our lives by virtue of enjoying the Chardonnay and Cabernet we produce. We couldn’t...

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Categores: Far Niente Cabernet

When Beth and Gil Nickel purchased the Far Niente property in 1979, not only did they lovingly restore the neglected stone building and create a footprint for the winery’s famously lush gardens, they also began the important process of designing a label for the soon-to-be...

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Categores: Far Niente Chardonnay, Wine Pairing

Mushrooms are plentiful in the damp oak and pine forests surrounding the winery in Napa. We take full advantage of nature’s bounty as the rains awaken fruits and fungi trickle in the kitchen door.  Mushrooms are chock full of natural umami and pairs great with...

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Categores: Far Niente Cabernet, Far Niente Chardonnay, Winemaking

Harvest 2012 was a beautiful harvest indeed. Director of Winemaking, Dirk Hampson, closely followed operations. “This year brought exceptional flavors and structure that broke the rules by delivering strong tonnage,” he says. “I believe this is a year that may develop a mystical aura in...

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