With the endless choices to make in Napa Valley, you want to find wineries and wine tours that will stand out from the crowd. Read more below on the wine tasting and tour experiences offered by Far Niente and Cliff Lede on opposite sides of the beautiful Napa Valley.
Far Niente 1350 Acacia Dr.
Oakville, CA 94562
Far Niente winery is surrounded by 13 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, thought by many to be among the most stunning landscapes in the Napa Valley. Described as “southern” in style, with an emphasis on texture and foliage, the highlight of the Far Niente gardens are the thousands of southern azaleas that bloom every spring, carpeting the estate in brilliant hues of bright red and deep pink. Tucked amongst the verdant landscape and lined with olive trees along the front drive, the historic stone winery stands resplendent against the Napa Valley back drop.
Upon entering the main reception area, you’ll see your name on the welcome board and will be shown into a cozy room where you’ll get a run down the winery’s extensive history. Tours begin with a walk through the historic, tri-level winery, which is built into the surrounding hillside. Guests will see the 40,000 square-foot Far Niente wine aging caves, which were the first modern wine caves built in North America when excavation began in 1980.
Before you return to the main building to start the wine tasting, the tour makes a brief pit stop in one more building, where the owner’s car collection is kept. Complete with Ferrari and Alfa Romeo, Jaguar E-Type and a very unique aluminum-bodied Bentley it’s a wine and car lover’s dream! Tastings follow each tour and feature the current releases of Far Niente estate wines, including a Napa Valley Chardonnay and Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as carefully aged Chardonnay and Cabernet from the Far Niente Cave Collection. A seasonal cheese pairing is also featured. Each tasting ends with a taste of Dolce, the sumptuous, late harvest wine produced by Far Niente’s sister winery, also called Dolce.
Enjoy the stunning Far Niente below:
Cliff Lede Vineyards
1473 Yountville Cross Rd.
Yountville, CA 94599
Cliff Lede Vineyards was established in 2002 when Canadian born Bordeaux enthusiast, Cliff Lede, purchased a sixty-acre estate in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. In 2005, a state-of-the-art, 25,000 square foot winery and cave system was etched into a hillside overlooking the estate vineyards. Winemaker Christopher Tynan crafts Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, with the flagship, Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the steep eastern hillside portion of the estate. Read more about their impressive portfolio of wines. In 2015, Cliff Lede Vineyards achieved both Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery certification. Cliff Lede grows a good mix of varietals and each plot is named after a classic rock song. You’re definitely not going to encounter any stuffiness here.
The winemaking philosophy at Lede Family Wines is one of minimal intervention that allows the wines to demonstrate a “sense of place.” Cliff Lede Vineyards, Poetry, and FEL Wines form a complementary portfolio of wines that are consistently exceptional in quality and true to their source and vintage.
There are many wine tasting options available. From their current releases from both Cliff Lede Vineyards and FEL Wines in their craftsman style tasting room to reserving a table on their beautiful veranda there are many ways you can experience their special wines. Special veranda wine tastings offer table side service and views of the Stags Leap District palisades as you taste their current release wines from both Cliff Lede Vineyards and FEL Wines. For a full wine tour, you’ll be led on a guided tour of the property that will take you through the vineyards through their state-of-the-art winery. Relax in one of their intimate tasting spaces and enjoy wines from both Cliff Lede Vineyards and FEL Wines paired with a selection of seasonal canapés.
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