Far Niente Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating Far Niente regarding its recent data breach. The Far Niente data breach involved sensitive personal identifiable information belonging to an undetermined number of individuals.


Far Niente is a winery located in Napa Valley in Oakville, California. In fact, Far Niente boats that it is one of Napa Valley’s original 19th-century stone wineries and producer of possibly the oldest bottle of California wine.2 Originally founded in 1885 by John Bensen, a forty-niner of the California gold rush,3 Far Niente is consistently recognized as a benchmark producer of Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.4 In 1919, at the onset of Prohibition, Far Niente shuttered its operations and winery. Sixty years later, in 1979, Far Niente was purchased by Gil and Beth Nickel and, in 1982, winemaking began again. Sitting on top of 13 acres of land, Far Niente boasts 40,000 square feet of wine caves and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


On April 24, 2023, Far Niente discovered that it had experienced a data breach in which the sensitive personal identifiable information in its systems may have been accessed. Through its investigation, Far Niente concluded that an unauthorized actor may have accessed this sensitive information through their network sometime before April 24, 2023. On September 11, 2023, Far Niente began notifying individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information exposed includes:

  • Name
  • Social Security number
  • Credit card number
  • Address
  • Contact information

If you received a breach notification letter from Far Niente:

We would like to speak with you about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data breach. Please fill out the form, below, or contact us at (608) 237-1775 or sam@turkestrauss.com.

If you were impacted by the Far Niente data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information.

  1. Carefully review the breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in free credit monitoring service provided by Far Niente;
  3. Change passwords and security questions for online accounts;
  4. Regularly review account statements for signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
  5. Monitor credit reports for signs of identity theft; and
  6. Contact a credit bureau(s) to request a temporary fraud alert.

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