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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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Without a Care



Year-Round Garden Delight

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The 13-acre gardens that surround the historical Far Niente winery building came to life with the restoration of the property beginning in 1979. Flowering dogwoods and rhododendrons, towering redwoods, artful Japanese maples, brilliant azaleas and more now mingle with the sculptural oaks that were here when the Nickel family first arrived.

Beth and Gil Nickel’s roots in the nursery business helped bring the land to life. With each passing year, the gardens evolve: trees mature, annuals nestle in new beds, colors and textures emerge and reemerge to enhance a familiar but ever-changing landscape with each season.

From the long, ginkgo-lined drive to the shaded forest knoll surrounding the winery, the gardens reflect Far Niente’s passion for detail and heighten the senses, preparing visitors for the ChardonnayCabernet Sauvignon and Dolce they are about to taste.

We would love to share the beauty of our gardens and wines the next time you are in Napa Valley. From May to November, we often schedule at least 6 weeks out, so please be sure to reserve your tour and tasting with plenty of advance notice.

Enjoy the slideshow below, and learn more about the Far Niente gardens here, where you can watch a wonderful video with Proprietress Beth Nickel!

Ginkgoes line the long driveway leading to Far Niente. Green throughout the spring and summer, the leaves turn a brilliant yellow in the fall. Our Martin Stelling Vineyard is on the right as you drive in.

Beyond the entrance gate, the gardens entice along the roadside.

Bright splashes of peony blossoms punctuate the garden in the spring and adds welcome texture to the landscape throughout the year.

The stone winery, built in 1885, is the treasure at the end of the garden drive. Lush ivy climbs the walls and red geraniums burst from the window boxes spring until fall.

The garden knoll offers Oakville vistas, stretching across the valley.

The path leading to the winery is lined with color and texture year-around, but it is an extra special sight in springtime with azaleas, dogwoods and tulips in abundance.

As guests walk up the path, the entrance to the stone winery comes into view. Just beyond those doors, Far Niente Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Dolce await!

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