Spoto Family Wines

Spoto Wines

About

Spoto Wines, an ultra-boutique winery, produces less than 500 cases of premier wines from the Napa Valley. It is exclusively run by three generations of Spotos. Spoto Wines may be found at many high-end restaurants and wine shops primarily in California, but the wines are also available on a national platform.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Oakville, California.

Features

  • The worlds best wine, full of passion

Additional Information

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Winemaker

Stuart Spoto:

Stuart learned his winemaking techniques from his father, Henry Spoto Jr. Henry has been making wine for over a quarter century in Davis, California and has been featured in Wine Spectator magazine for his award winning wines.<br>Spoto Wines has also won it's share of awards over the years, both in the California State Fair and the Home Winemakers Classic in Napa.

History

Stuart's grandfather, Enrico Rodolfo Spoto, Sr., immigrated to the United States on December 1, 1913 from Catania, Sicily at the age of 15. He moved to Northern California, where he started a family and ran a fruit and nut tree nursery. His son, Henry Spoto, Jr., a first generation Italian-American, taught himself to make wine in Yuba City, California using the grapes they grew on their property. At the age of 16, Henry's son Stuart expressed an interest in the process. Henry, at the time a Cal-Trans appraiser, made wine only in his spare time. Over time, Henry began spending more time making wine and seeking advice from the experts at the University of California at Davis' Viticulture and Enology Department. As the years progressed, Henry and Stuart learned the techniques and chemistry necessary to make good wines. Stuart later attended the University of California at Davis and studied chemical and civil engineering. Stuart met his wife Christy while attending school at UC Davis and the two were married in 1983. Their wedding reception was in a vineyard.

Winemaking became a hobby for both father and son, and in 2000, they began creating their own vintages. When out at dinner, the men would bring their wines to enjoy, and would always offer a glass to the sommelier. The sommelier would often ask where he could purchase the wines. Upon learning that the wines were not available on the market, they encouraged the men to become licensed. In 2004, Spoto Wines became the first bonded winery in a residential neighborhood in Sacramento County. This was not an easy task, and Christy and Stuart spent many months applying for licenses from the required departments. Today, due to the Spoto’s pioneering efforts, there are many bonded wineries in Sacramento County, allowing home wineries to sell their wines commercially.

In 2010, Stuart took the wine business on full-time. In November 2010, Spoto Wines was invited to be a member of the Oakville Wine Growers Association, which promotes the Oakville AVA (American Viticultural Area) as the premier Cabernet region in the United States. A year later, Spoto Wines was granted membership to the Napa Valley Vintners, an organization that promotes the wines from the Napa Valley.

The Team

Stuart’s entire family is involved in the winery. Christy, his wife of 30+ years, assists in every aspect of winemaking from bottling to marketing. She manages the wine club, as well as coordinates all social events. Ari, Stuart’s eldest daughter, got her degree in Wine & Viticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and assists with the wine making at Spoto Wines when she is not traveling the world making wine in Australia, Argentina, France and beyond. Alexi, Stuart's youngest daughter, challenges Stuart technically (due to her recent degree in Biochemistry from UC San Diego) while currently handling all the social media and newsletter communications. She provides information on wine offerings and sends updates on all the events that are taking place at the winery. Even Stuart’s parents, who are in their 80’s, assist whenever possible with everything from production to blending.

Spoto Wines is a family business dedicated to producing the finest small-production, high quality Oakville wines.

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Hours

Always open.

Address

Oakville, California 95866
United States

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