Far Niente: Estate Overview

Far Niente History

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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…

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Sustainable Practices

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Far Niente and its sister wineries follow an integrated program of sustainable measures affecting vineyard, winery and day-to-day business practices.

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Gardens

Gardens

The Far Niente winery is surrounded by 13 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, thought by many to be among the most stunning landscapes in the Napa Valley.

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Caves

When John Benson built Far Niente in 1885, it was evident by the stone archway in the west wall of the cellar that wine caves were to be chiseled into the solid rock. Unfortunately, as a result of Mr. Benson’s death and the forced closure brought on by Prohibition, these caves never materialized.It was in 1980, one year after Far Niente was purchased by Gil Nickel, that Alf Burtleson was hired by Gil to dig a small 60-foot wine cave in the hill behind the winery…

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Caves