When pulling up to the private gate for Far Niente Winery prepare to be swept away into one of the most beautiful wineries. Driving through the gorgeous gardens you feel like you are truly in a Sleeping Beauty Fairytale. Walking up to the estate there is a sense of beauty and history behind the property which was founded in 1885. The winery has been apart of the Nickel family for decades now.
The grounds of Far Niente are breathtaking from multiple ponds, one with water fountains, and one with a small bridge leading to a white gazibo.
We also learned they have double the amount of groundskeepers to winery educators for their 13 acres. A truly gorgeous setting, if only they could host weddings!
I recently had the opportunity to experience a full tasting at Far Niente with some great friends. Once we pulled into the main part of the winery, we were warmly greeted with the last name of the reservation. We headed up to the estate on a private path through colorful gardens. We walked into the estate and were greeted with a glass of their 2016 Chardonnay.
From there we were escorted down to our private tasting outside at a table that was fully set with cheese pairings. Our view was so peaceful looking out to the pond and white gazebo with the Napa Valley vineyards surrounding us in the distance.
We began our tasting with a side by side of their 2016 and 2014 Chardonnay. Finding the difference in the wines in just two years time and how the taste changes. We continued on to their 2016 Enroute Pinot Noir, followed by another side by side of the 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2012 Cave Collection Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was very smooth and would be perfect to sip while cooking dinner and relaxing. My favorite was the 2012 Cave Collection Cabernet Sauvignon with the age on this varietal along with a oak finish. I really like a bold Cabernet and this was definitely one of my favorites and would love to pair with a steak dinner.
To finish our tasting we ended with the 2012 Dolce from Napa Valley. This was my first time ever trying a Dolce wine and I must say it was very unique and unlike anything I have experienced. It is aged in French Oak and has a sweet finish on the palate and a great dessert wine. In fact my friends said they like to pour it over ice cream to match the hints of vanilla in the wine! I am also not typically a big fan of blue cheese, but when paired with this wine it was perfectly delicious.
Our tasting experience was truly memorable and relaxing on the Far Niente grounds. This is one winery I know I will go back to as much as I can for a romantic fairytale setting with some amazing wine. If you are looking for somewhere unique and elegant on your next wine tasting adventure, please make your tasting appointment at this stunning winery.