"Far Niete" Oakville Things to Do Tip by atufft
Oakville Things to Do: 5 reviews and 9 photos
Far Niete was rather famous for producing a very rich malolactic fermented style Chardonnay that was bottled in a very ornate package. In the 1980's, Far Niete sold their wine for $30- per bottle, a very high price at the time. The wine was indeed very good, but many serious wine consumers found it oversold in terms of quality, especially given the fancy bottle. However, I like to keep a bottle around to wow friends who are less serious about wine, from time to time. Gil NIckel cultivated a sense of secrecy, making wine tours "by appointment only" exclusive to the wine industry only, and so raised the stakes for other wineries to raise their bottle prices and sense of exclusivity at the same time. The winery building has plenty of history and is worth the visit as it's not just another stone building. Check out the website for more details. The winery is now open to the public, "by appointment only", but be sure to be ready to part with some cash for this tour.
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