- Founding Vintners
Mary Weber Novak
As the owner of Spottswoode, Mary Weber Novak is very much involved with the operation of both the Estate Vineyard and Winery. 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 the Spottswoode Estate (already a grape growing property) and undertook the immense endeavor of replanting the vineyard. After Jack passed away unexpectedly in 1977, Mary made the decision to keep her family in the Napa Valley. The winery was started five years later, in 1982, with the first production of the Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon. During the thirty-five years that Mary has been a winegrower, she has been involved in a myriad of promotional and philanthropic wine-related activities.
Other hobbies or Interests: In her time away from the winery she is also an avid tennis player, golfer, traveler, hiker and gardener.