For food lovers and wine connoisseurs alike, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch is proud to present Far Niente Vineyards for our March Winemaker Dinner.
Reception to begin at 6:30 p.m. with a 4-course dinner to follow starting at 7:00 p.m.
Far Niente Vineyards:
The 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. Artistry clearly ran in the family because Benson hired Hamden McIntyre, creator of the former Christian Brothers Winery—now the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone—to design the building. The building itself is a piece of art designed to both astound the eye, and the palate, since it 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, whereupon it fell into disrepair. Sixty years later, in 1979, Gil Nickel purchased the winery and adjacent vineyard and began a three-year restoration process which resulted in its placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
Our first Chardonnay harvest took place in 1979. That vintage, along with the '80 and '81 vintages, were made off-site. In 1982, winemaking returned to Far Niente with the first crush of Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, Far Niente remains focused on Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay so that it can continue to concentrate its efforts on creating two varietal wines of astonishing quality.
Space is limited. Reservations required. Please call 480-629-6231 to reserve your spot.