For 40 years, we have been producing Chardonnay of such extraordinary taste, character, and consistency, that you’d be hard-pressed to choose a favorite among each sublime vintage. Perhaps that’s a testament to our magnificent vineyards. Maybe it reflects the abundant expertise our winemakers bring to their labors. It simply could be the result of standards set astonishingly high for 40 years. Or, it might be all of the above.
It’s our namesake. And for good reason. This estate-bottled Napa Valley Chardonnay is rooted in four decades’ worth of perfected traditions across our Coombsville vineyards nestled against the Vaca Mountains east of the city of Napa. The temperate climate and volcanic ash soils create the ideal environment for producing the subtle, tropical flavors and complex aromas that are Far Niente Chardonnay. Made with an absence of malolactic fermentation, which retains the grape's natural acidity, this iconic Napa Valley wine never fails to captivate with its beautiful structure, well-developed fruit, and potential for aging. The arrival of each new vintage brings stunning new wines.
We believe in the power of firsts. The Chardonnay grape was the first varietal cultivated and bottled by Far Niente in our modern era, beginning with the 1979 vintage. Today we remain steadfast in our mission of making elegant Chardonnay with bright fruit, crisp acidity and a creaminess on the palate.
Giving you our very best sometimes takes a little time. Far Niente Chardonnay is one of the rare Napa Valley Chardonnays that thrive with extended age, and blossom even more with time. The delightfully forward fruit and bright acidity in youth, gently evolve with time to a sophisticated, creamy and rich palate profile.