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Celebrating Our Family Legacy

When we began the 2016 harvest, our Mom was very much with us and actively engaged with crush activities—she loved the fall season. Very, very sadly, we finished harvest without her. Mary Weber Novak died unexpectedly on the 25th of September, due to complications from the chemotherapy treatment she was undertaking for lymphoma. More

On Time and Great Wine

In last year’s newsletter we wrote about “somewhereness,” the idea that the finest wines are often inextricably linked to a specific and special place. As the stewards of the historic Spottswoode Estate, which we have been farming since 1972, the relationship between somewhereness and great wine has become an integral part of who we are. So has the relationship between time and greatness. More

The Somewhereness of Spottswoode

Terroir. Place. Somewhereness. These have become ubiquitous words in the world of fine wine. They are shorthand terms for a nuanced, and at times, ethereal idea, about an essential element in our appreciation and understanding of great wine. Here at Spottswoode, we have been thinking about these ideas for more than 40 years, first as grape growers, and later when we began making our own estate-grown wines in 1982. More

Thirty Years of Personal Winegrower Stories

We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the release of our 30th Anniversary vintage of Estate Cabernet Sauvignon than by asking our remarkable winegrowers, past and present, to share their memories of their years with us here, their sense of our family winegrowing estate, and their thoughts about what makes Spottswoode, well, Spottswoode! More

Growing A Family Wine Estate

It is amazing how living in such a remarkable place for over 35 years and being a part of the unique history of this estate has not only rooted my family to Napa Valley, but has allowed me to realize the opportunity we have to create a lasting legacy. Such a prospect is tremendous to consider, and my five children and I are working together to realize our shared vision for the future of the Spottswoode Estate. More

A Wine’s Life

When is a particular wine at its “best”? This is a question that is often posed, and one that is almost impossible to answer. Why? Because wine is a living, evolving entity, and like we humans, it does not have one particular moment in its life at which it is “optimal.” It goes through many stages, some good and some less so, which is what makes wine—and the human race—so intriguing! More

A Bird’s Eye View

A peek at our estate vineyard reveals our history and continuing commitment as organic farmers. Look down at the whole of the estate, from a bird’s eye view. Change here, as in nature, is deliberate and thoughtful. The creek, as it curves around the southern bank of our vineyard, has taken to its new cloak of native plants that have all but replaced the invasive non-native species that proliferated years prior. More

125th Anniversary

Spottswoode Winery is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the estate with an array of events, which began on February 19 with a 25-year vertical tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon with the winemakers held at the winery in St. Helena. More

Looking Back 40 Years

The year 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of our move to St. Helena (in 1972) and the 30th anniversary of Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery—our first Cabernet Sauvignon was bottled in 1982! More

“For the past twenty years or so the Novak family have quietly been at the cutting edge of winemaking in Napa Valley. The success of the Spottswoode brand is a testament to the flinty and determined character of the family.”

William Cash, Spears Magazine