Far Niente is located west of Highway 29 in the Oakville AVA. The winery is currently the home of the oldest known unopened bottle of California wine; an 1886 sweet Muscat. In 1885, John Benson planted the original 84 acres of vines on the property.
After decades of neglect in years during and after Prohibition, the winery and vineyard were restored in 1979. Along with vines, the property contains 13 acres of meticulously maintained gardens including over 8,000 azaleas.
Stephanie Putnam became head winemaker in 2001. She graduated from UC Davis with a degree in fermentation science. Ms. Putnam produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. She ages her wines in Far Niente’s 40,000 square foot network of caves.
Far Niente owns several vineyards throughout the Napa Valley. The Estate Martin Stelling Vineyard comprises 100 acres and is located in the western hills behind the winery. It is planted with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.
The 42 acre John C. Sullenger Vineyard is located north of Opus One on the east side of Highway 29. It is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery also owns the 25 acre Carpenter Vineyard planted with Cab, the 18 acre Barrow Lane Vineyard planted with Chardonnay, and the 50 acres John’s Creek Vineyard planted with Chardonnay. All of these properties are located in Coombville east of the City of Napa.