CEO and President at Spottswoode
In 1987, Beth Novak Milliken joined her mother, Mary Novak, becoming the first second-generation family member to become actively involved in guiding Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery. In the more than three decades since, Beth has played a key role in establishing Spottswoode Estate Vineyard as one of the world’s great winegrowing sites, and Spottswoode as one of Napa Valley’s most iconic and respected wineries. She has also quietly built a reputation as a leader in the Napa Valley community, advocating on behalf of the wine industry and the social and environmental causes she holds dear.
Spottswoode has long been dedicated to combating climate change through industry and community leadership and believes in the power of third-party certifications to help consumers make informed, impactful, environmentally conscious purchasing decisions. During her tenure, Beth has overseen the replanting of the estate in response to phylloxera, the vineyard’s pioneering CCOF organic certification in 1992, the building of the Spottswoode Estate Winery in 1999, and has spearheaded a grass-roots community restoration of Spring Creek which borders the estate vineyard. In 2007, Spottswoode joined 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of their gross revenues each year to nonprofits that support a healthier world. Spottswoode is a member of the Porto Protocol and the IWCA (International Wineries for Climate Action), and over the past year has achieved B Corporation, Demeter (biodynamic farming) and True Zero Waste certifications.