The quick harvest pace has finally slowed. Our Napa Valley Chardonnay is completely off the vine and the last of our Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon came in last week, literally one to two days before the first real rains of the season. It’s a thrilling – even heady – time of year for us, and not just because the sweet smell of fermenting fruit winds its way through every floor of our historic stone winery on a daily basis.
Our harvest days began in the vineyard before the sun rose and ended in our Oakville winery well after sunset, but as we brought in the final lots early last week, the pace didn’t feel quite as unforgiving as it did in the earliest days. In fact, Winemaker Nicole Marchesi even managed to look up from the sorting table long enough to answer this super-quick Far Niente Harvest Q&A.
Interview with Napa Valley Winemaker Nicole Marchesi
In anticipation of our annual Cave Collection release, we sat down with Winemaker Nicole Marchesi to talk about Far Niente's Cave Collection and the keys to making age-worthy Napa Valley Cabernet. Read on to hear what she has to say. Then mark your calendars for the January 17 release from Far Niente's Cave Collection. This year’s allocation is one of our most limited to date, with less than 100 bottles available for our most sought-after vintages.
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Non-malolactic fermentation. Although the phrase doesn’t roll easily off the tongue, Chardonnays made without it certainly can. And it’s essential to our Far Niente Chardonnay house style.LEARN MORE
Meet Six Women Shaping the Far Niente Family of Wineries & Vineyards.
Two winemakers. One CFO. Two VPs. And the woman who helped launch Far Niente more than 40 years ago. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we sat down to talk with just a few of the women shaping the way we grow, make, sell and share our wines. From the cellar to the board room, these daring innovators and leaders share a passion for human connection and a sense of adventure.LEARN MORE