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Mary Weber Novak, Founder & Owner

Originally from Los Angeles, Mary graduated from Stanford University and thereafter made her home in North San Diego County with her husband, Jack Novak. While he pursued his medical career, she dedicated her time to raising their five children.

In 1972, Mary and Jack purchased Spottswoode and improved the estate vineyard by replanting to Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc. When Jack passed away unexpectedly in 1977, Mary decided to stay to realize their shared dream. Under her leadership, the winery released its first vintage of the Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon in 1982.

Over the years, Mary has participated in Napa Valley’s many wine industry promotional and philanthropic activities. In her free time, she walks, plays bridge, bocce, and golf, and travels. Tending to the gardens surrounding her home is one of her favorite pastimes.

Beth Novak Milliken, President & CEO

After graduating from high school in St. Helena, Beth attended college at UCLA, and it was during a year studying in Europe that her interest in wine developed. Beth graduated with a degree in economics and worked in sales with a San Francisco wine brokerage company. She joined her mother at Spottswoode in 1987, and now oversees the family wine estate. Beth is a past (and first woman!) President of the Napa Valley Vintners Association, and she participates in numerous volunteer and philanthropic events. Beth and Mary were Honorary Chairs of Auction Napa Valley 2010—a hugely successful event that raised upwards of $8,500,000, which benefits nonprofits in Napa Valley. On days off from the winery, she loves spending time with her two sons and husband John, and enjoys mountain biking, telemark skiing, and hiking.

Lindy Novak, National Marketing Director

Lindy initially attended UCLA, and then graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in geography. She worked in the clothing industry before joining Beth and Mary at the winery. Focused on preserving her family’s wine legacy, Lindy enjoys connecting with the trade and customers from around the world and continues to expand distributor communications and build account friendships for Spottswoode. She and her husband, Jeff, live in the Bay Area. She enjoys reading, writing, gardening, caring for her cats and dog, and volunteering for environmental causes.

Riley, Chief Greeter

Riley is number six in a long line of black labradors who have lived at Spottswoode. Although he is now sporting a greying muzzle, Riley acts like a puppy, bouncing with enthusiasm and greeting visitors up close with his wagging tail and hello woof. All part of his unique charm!

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