Vintage 2021

Far Niente’s decades-long mastery of each intricate component of winemaking—from unparalleled Napa Valley vineyards to precision harvesting and vinification—makes this winery the pinnacle in luxury Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Refined and sophisticated with a consistent house-style, every Far Niente wine offers the highest expression of its vineyards and vintage, from our iconic Napa Valley Chardonnay to our legendary Cabernet Sauvignon.


Q: When did harvest kick off for Far Niente?

A: “The first to come in was our Coombsville Chardonnay on August 24, but our Cabernet spends a little more time on the vine.”

At Far Niente, Winemaker Nicole Marchesi brought in the first blocks of Coombsville Chardonnay on August 24, toasting the first fruits of the vintage with a traditional blessing of the grapes.


Q: What do you like best about this time of year at the winery?

A: "This is my favorite part of the season – the crisp mornings, walking the rows, sampling grapes, thinking about the fast-paced harvest ahead and just feeling grateful that making wine from unbelievably magical Napa Valley vineyards is my job.”

Beautiful cluster structure and balance across our Cabernet vineyards are reflected in the vintage quality.


Q: What has made 2021 such a standout growing season?

A: "First, the drought conditions have thinned our yields and brought our vines in balance naturally. And, this summer has had near perfect ripening weather. In past years, we’ve often entered the late summer growing season with staggered spikes of heat. When those spikes happen after veraison – the onset of ripening, when sugars and color come in – we have to monitor our fruit and canopies carefully. This year, we had veraison in late July, and we’ve had nice, steady temperatures in the mid to high 80s ever since.”

We invite you to raise a glass of your favorite Far Niente wine from vintages past and toast our incredible vineyard and cellar teams, along with the first fruits of our 2021 vintage!

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