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Mary Novak

“I have a deep connection to this land and a passion for all that it yields, not just the remarkable fruit, but also its sense of history. I know I share with the generations before me a strong devotion to this Estate and a commitment to protect and nurture it for future generations to enjoy. I hold this special place—like my family—close to my heart.”

Mary Weber Novak

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

“This Estate has been part of our family for over 30 years and we’ve worked hard to honor its legacy through careful preservation of the land and its historic buildings. How we care for the soil, water, and plants comes back to us, every year. With each vintage, we taste the wisdom of our commitment to organic farming.”

Beth Novak Milliken

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

“The personal connections I have been privileged to make while working at Spottswoode, with a wide variety of fascinating personalities involved in the wine industry, are what I find most sustaining and meaningful. And, of course, I am immensely fond of the Spottswoode home and property, as all of us Novaks are—it is a special, one-of-a-kind place.”

Lindy Novak

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.

Chief Greeter, Riley

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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“…wines often do reflect the character of the people behind them, and the focused gentility that distinguishes Spottswoode Cabernet most definitely is echoed by the soft determination of the women responsible for it.”

Paul Lukacs, The Great Wines of America: The Top Forty Vintners, Vineyards, and Vintages

Chief Greeter, Riley