Natalie Scotto Woods
The spirit in the glass is only matched by the spirit of the mind
Natalie is an integral part of the Scotto family's fifth generation of company leadership as COO and Operations Director of Scotto Cellars. She is also a Proprietor of both J. McClelland Cellars in Napa Valley and the J. Woods Beverage Group headquartered in Tracy, CA. Her history and accomplishments over the past thirteen years with the Scotto family's diverse wine portfolio is a testament to her inner drive and wide ranging business acumen.
After graduating from University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2006 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Education she planned to pursue a career in education rather than joining the family business. But Natalie's brother Anthony asked for her help in the formation of Scotto Cellars and the development of both production and distribution programs. So she agreed to "sign-on" for a year and soon caught the "wine and management fever."
Natalie looks at her business career as a natural extension of her academic studies. "Business is about people and personal relationships while education is a fundamental ingredient in creating both business and sales plans, managing a sales force and establishing a brand."
Natalie's business life is stems from her family's history and love of wine as it was always a normal part of the Italian family's mealtime enjoyment. "Talking about it around the table at the traditional Sunday night dinner with my parents, sisters, three brothers and extended family was just something I thought everyone did."
Natalie and her husband Josh love life with their infant son Julian and Lucy, their precious English bulldog, who is always ready to stroll with them on the street or in the woods. Natalie is an indoor cyclist and along with Josh loves hiking, yoga and watching "their" Warriors and Giants.
When reflecting on her role as a woman in a male dominated business, she is not intimidated nor does she see it as a reason to do things differently. As Natalie says, "Creating a 'synergy and vibe' with the sales staff and customers is exciting and the realization of sales and management goals channels my energy for future achievements."
Anthony, known as A3 around the winery, developed an early love of wine and family history from his grandfather, Anthony Sr., at their Sunday night dinners. The traditions of the family’s winemaking style and quality, from Italy to Brooklyn to California, unfolded over the years and formed the guiding principles of his business and personal life.
After graduating from San Diego State in 2000, he worked for a prominent local beer distributor before returning to Northern California to launch Scotto Cellars in 2004. Under the tutelage of his father, Anthony II (A2) and industry icon John McClelland, he created a national distribution network and learned the importance of responding to customer needs and market opportunities.
As a 5th generation vintner and CEO of Scotto Cellars, Anthony is involved in all aspects of sales, marketing, operations, finance and new product development. His primary focus remains on planning for the company’s future in preparation for the time when the 6th generation will take the reins.
Anthony and his wife, Alyssa, have three amazing children – Santino, Roman and Nola, who more than holds her own with her two brothers. Their love of sports, family outings and good wine keeps their calendars and wine glasses full.
“Every day is like a new puzzle in production and logistics, and I have to make sure all the pieces fit. The good news is we’re growing, including our export business, which adds a lot of pieces to my daily “puzzle”. Each export order is a new challenge because we’re making and shipping wine from multiple locations to customers who all have different legal requirements for labeling, paperwork, shipping and logistics. Our incredible staff makes it possible to fill these orders while maintaining our domestic production and shipping schedules.”
Michael lives in Tracy, CA with his wife Mimi and three vivacious daughters. Gymnastics, soccer and dance fill their calendars and they are looking forward to California’s re-opening and resuming their pre-Covid routines. A male finally joined the family last year – Boomer, an English bulldog from Oklahoma.
I'm wine by blood!
Paul grew up in Livermore Valley ("just hanging out in my grandfather's winery") where he learned about the Scotto family's four generations of winemaking history dating back to 1883 in Ischia, Italy. To fulfill his destined role within this great tradition for the fifth generation, Paul attended UC Davis where he refined his winemaking and business skills.
After graduation Paul wanted some independent experience and worked seven years in both winemaking and green waste and construction equipment sales to broaden his winegrowing and production knowledge. He joined his family in 2009 as the Director of Winemaking for their Lodi, Amador and eventually Napa Valley wineries where he continued his passion for the creation of small lot premium wines focusing on the vineyard's expression in the finished product. Paul's enviable award-winning portfolio includes numerous wines from all three wineries including both varietal examples and finely balanced blends.
In 2010 he launched his own Sera Fina Cellars in the historic Gold Rush community of Amador to focus primarily on Italian and Rhone varietals and blends. Paul's love of blending is a key to his winemaking accomplishments and the foundation for all he does at Scotto Cellars. Paul thinks of himself as a "Blendologist" and has often been heard to say, "Blending is fun and the results are the reward."
When not working feverishly in the vineyard and winery (or avidly following the Golden State Warriors), Paul cherishes his time with his wife Whitney and their three energetic sons Dante, Luca and Carlo and enjoys a wide variety of sports and family outings.
Paul's energy and commitment drive him to pursue the family's stellar history for the fifth generation as a guiding force for the entire Scotto portfolio with his professional skills as demonstrated in each wine he's made.