“By pure serendipity and luck, we are the stewards of an amazing, historic winegrowing estate in Napa Valley, which we intend to be a multi-generational family business. We consider ourselves very fortunate.” 

Beth Novak Milliken, interviewed by Tom Hyland, Forbes

SPW vineyard and mountain

Family Wine Estate

Established in 1882, Spottswoode Estate is distinguished by the pre-Prohibition Victorian home depicted on our wine label. Spottswoode was christened by Mrs. Albert Spotts in 1910 and later acquired by Mary and Jack Novak in 1972. Mary released Spottswoode’s first Cabernet Sauvignon in 1982, exactly one hundred years after the estate’s founding.

Spring Grape vines

Organic Vineyard

We are among the first vineyards to have adopted organics, having farmed our vineyard organically since 1985 and acquired California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) certification in 1992. Adding biodynamic practices further supports our estate vineyard as a living, breathing ecosystem.

Let us start by saying that Spottswoode Cabernets are the stuff from which hyberbole is made. From the winery’s inaugural 1982 release to the most recent barrel samples, these extraordinary, estate grown Cabernets display the stunning depth, classic definition and impeccable craftsmanship…

Charles Olken
Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine
Beth and Lindy riding their Truck

People

Founded by Mary Novak, Spottswoode Estate’s winemaking legacy is built on the passion and shared vision of the entire team. While the estate has been part of the Novak family for decades, everyone who works within Spottswoode plays an essential role in its success.

Mary Novak

Our Founder

To many, Mary Weber Novak was the energetic woman who zipped around St. Helena in her little electric red car, smiling at passersby. For those familiar with the modern history of the area, Mary represented the spirit, graciousness, and vision that helped to build Napa Valley.

Since 1882

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