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Far Niente

1350 Acacia Drive | Oakville, CA | Official website
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  • Type: Tours, Wineries/Breweries
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 3.5 (3.5)
Facilities: 5.0 (5.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Those who wish to avoid the crowds head to Far Niente. The appointment-only tours are small and informational, leaving guests impressed by the knowledgeable and friendly guides. But the pristine grounds and fascinating wine caverns are the first highlights. The caves store hundreds of barrels of coveted wine, while the 13 acres surrounding the winery are landscaped with thousands of colorful flowers (The azaleas are a particular point of pride). Also, Far Niente's Carriage House houses vintage cars and motorcycles. Every tour ends with an ample tasting of five current releases vintages and cheese pairing.

One TripAdvisor user reports: "Far Niente was, by far, the highlight of our 2-day wine tasting tour. Starting with the gated entry, the scenic drive up the hill and the personalized reception, everything was fantastic."

Tours and tastings (which include a seasonal cheese pairing) are costly at $50 per person, but recent visitors say it's worth it. Near the small town of Oakville, Far Niente is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, but you must have an appointment. For more information, check out the winery's website.

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