Far Niente Winery was established in 1885 by John Benson, a forty-niner of the California gold rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter, Winslow Homer. Benson hired architect Hamden McIntyre, creator of the former Christian Brothers winery-now the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone-to design the building. Constructed against a hillside in western Oakville, Far Niente functioned as a gravity flow winery, gently moving the grapes through each stage of production. Far Niente prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919, when it was abandoned and left to fall into disrepair. Sixty years later, in 1979, Gil Nickel purchased the winery and adjacent vineyard and began a three-year restoration of the property, which resulted in placement on the National Register of Historical Places.
Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
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Far Niente comes from an Italian phrase that romantically translated means, “without a care.” The name has been carved in stone on the front of its building since 1885. It felt obligated to preserve and honor the name with the hope that it would conjure up a bygone era when life was indeed without a care. Yet, the meticulous care, the craftsmanship and the attention to detail that goes into the making of its wine belies all that is inherent in the name. It loves the idea behind the name. And it celebrates its relationship to drinking wine. It just has nothing to do with how it makes it wine. And that, they assume, you’ll appreciate.
Its label needed to reflect the artistry of its wine, and so it does. The original label is said to have been designed by Benson's nephew, the artist Winslow Homer. With that as inspiration, the label today is an intricate art nouveau-style parchment label designed by artist Tom Rodrigues in 1979. It is one of the most beautiful and distinctive wine labels in the world, and perfectly sets the stage, before one even uncorks the bottle, for what is to come.
No detail is too small. No suggestion for improvement is ignored. No compromises are made at Far Niente. Its obsessed with what it does, and it is why its winery is like it is, and why no one leaves Far Niente unimpressed, uninspired or unmoved by all that its winery and wines are. It is luxury in a bottle, it's the pinnacle of winemaking, and it says that not with conceit and arrogance, but with a work ethic and a standard that its land and heritage deserve.