It was 125 years ago – in 1882 – that a German immigrant named George Schonewald purchased a plot of land in the Napa Valley.
On it, he built a beautiful summer home, established a 4-acre formal garden and planted 17 acres to winegrapes.
The 31-acre parcel is now known as Spottswoode Estate, and the winery has been producing world-class wines for discerning consumers for decades.
Earlier this year, a book titled, “Spottswoode, A Family Wine
Estate,” was published. For anyone who has ever tasted a wine from the
estate… or anyone who simply loves the Napa Valley… the book would
make a great birthday or holiday gift.
To give you a sense of the book’s flavor, here’s an excerpt from
the forward, written by Beth Novak Milliken…
“As I reflect upon the rich history of our estate, I find much to
admire and much to be thankful for. My father, Jack Novak, was the
impetus for bringing our family to St. Helena, but it is my mother,
Mary Weber Novak, who has carried on their shared dream since his death
in 1977, and to whom my siblings and I offer our deepest love and
“Mary is the true heart and soul of the Spottswoode Estate, and
her commitment and vision – perhaps never articulated verbally, but
apparent in her actions – is what sustains Spottswoode today. We look
forward to continuing what she and my father started when they brought
us here in 1972.”
That’s certainly good news for fans of the estate. You can read
more about the winery’s 125th anniversary by visiting its website: