Beth Nickel of Far Niente Winery (VIDEO)


Historic Wineries of California: Far Niente Winery

Far Niente Winery was first founded in 1885, but took on its true form in 1979 when a couple from Oklahoma found their wine oasis in Oakville. Gil and Beth Nickel rescued and restored the historic estate and mastered their mission of making it a world class winery that would last for generations.

In this video, Wine Oh TV’s Monique Soltani introduces us to the amazing woman in wine behind Far Niente Winery. Beth Nickel shares the secrets to their success and shows us what started out as a great American love story soon became a wine legacy set in stone for over 125 years.

Beth Nickel on finding Far Niente Winery

“It was abandoned then for about 60 years before Gil and I showed up from Oklahoma.  We needed a lot of help because we moved in with a party of two.”

In addition to Far Niente, Beth Nickel is the woman in wine behind: Nickel & Nickel, Dolce, and En Route. Beth is joined by Dirk Hampson, Larry Maguire and Erik and Jeremy Nickel, who form the partnership charged with keeping vibrant the Far Niente mission she and Gil established so many years ago.

Beth makes it her mission to give back, a benefactor to children’s charities locally and abroad, as well as fund-raising to support cancer research in honor of  her late husband Gil Nickel, who lost a courageous battle with melanoma in 2003.

2 Total Comments

  1. grace Hoffman (@cellarmistress)

    Last month I attended Taste of Oakville, a Premiere Napa event, at Far Niente and I had the pleasure of meeting Beth Nickel for the first time! She is so down to earth and such a wonderful lady! I loved every minute of being at Far Niente! Thank you for sharing this great video!!

  2. Monique Soltani

    Hi Grace, Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I’m so happy you liked the story! Beth Nickel is amazing and so is Far Niente! I feel so honored to have been able to interview her! Thanks again for your kind words and for watching! Monique:)

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