Spottswoode is an historic, family-owned estate vineyard and winery located on the western edge of St. Helena in Napa Valley. As stewards of this beautiful estate, we are guided by both intuition and respect for Mother Nature’s unique seasonal offerings. We treat the land with great care by hand tending and organically farming our vineyard, olive trees, and gardens. The attention given to each vineyard block is also applied to the crafting of our wines, contributing to their quality, consistency, and individuality. Among the first to introduce organic farming practices in the Napa Valley in 1985, we are proud to have enjoyed the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) certification since 1992.
The 46-acre estate was established in 1882 by George Schonewald, whose historic Victorian home is depicted on our label. Spottswoode was christened by Mrs. Albert Spotts, whose family owned the property from 1910 until its purchase in 1972 by Mary Weber Novak and her husband, Dr. Jack Novak. The Novaks restored the original home and replanted the pre-Prohibition-era vineyard. After Jack died unexpectedly in 1977, Mary carried out their shared dream, and Spottswoode’s debut Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1982, exactly one hundred years after the estate’s founding. Today, Spottswoode is renowned for its exceptional estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Our vineyard is planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon, with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, and Sauvignon Blanc. Beyond wine grapes, the property includes 115 olive trees bordering the estate and 2.5 acres of historic gardens, with groves of linden and redwood trees, plus stately Canary Island palm trees, a rare Chinese pagoda tree, a cork oak, large Valley Oaks and an abundance of roses, camellias and hydrangeas. An organic vegetable garden now thrives in a former horse riding ring.
At Spottswoode, our goal is to consistently produce exceptional wines that honor their terroir and vintage in a distinct, refined style—in short, wines that are worthy to stand among those of the world’s great wine estates.
In 1992, Lindy Novak joined her sister, Beth, as part of a dedicated second generation working alongside their mother, Mary, to guide Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery. In the more than 20 years since, Lindy has brought her own unique touch to her role as national director of marketing, by building loyal and lasting relationships with Spottswoode’s distributor, restaurant and retail partners. Known for her warmth, humor and thoughtfulness, Lindy oversees Spottswoode’s sales program in 47 states, and is an eloquent ambassador for Spottswoode and the Novak family at tastings, dinners and other key trade and consumer events throughout the country.
The eldest of the five Novak children, Lindy was 15 when she moved to Napa Valley with her family. A part of the emerging Napa Valley wine community, Lindy’s friends included the children of the Shafers and Chappellets, and she occasionally babysat the Duckhorn children. Summers were spent helping out around the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard with her siblings, playing tennis, and going to concerts at the Mondavi Winery.
After earning a degree in geography from UC Berkeley, Lindy worked extensively in the clothing industry, first as part of the buying program, and later as a manager, at Macy’s. Following Macy’s, Lindy began representing several high-end clothing lines, including Christian Dior, Henry Grethel, John Henry and Gottex swimwear.
In 1992, Lindy began working at Spottswoode part time. She soon discovered that she enjoyed working with her mother and sister, and contributing to the development of Spottswoode. Lindy also found that her honest, engaged approach to sales was the perfect fit for their family-run winery. After a number of years building distributor and retail relationships throughout California, Lindy took on the role of national marketing director. In this capacity, Lindy travels frequently, supporting Spottswoode’s distributor partners in all American markets. “I try to bring the same values to our relationships that we bring to our wines,” says Lindy. “They should be authentic, thoughtful and enduring.”
Lindy’s other interests include reading, writing, gardening, athletics, maintaining friendships, taking care of her menagerie of pets, and volunteer efforts with animal and environmental organizations. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Jeff.
SPOTTSWOODE ESTATE AT NAPA GALA VI
At the Quail Napa Gala VI, Lindy will present the new releases from her family’s winery. The highlight will be her two 2014 Cabernets. Both the Estate and Lyndenhurst are beautiful examples of the best that Napa can offer in this varietal. Please stop by and taste through these powerfully elegant wines.