Natalie Scotto Woods
Natalie joined the family business in 2008 and today she is the COO of Scotto Cellars and the proprietor of J. McClelland Cellars in Napa Valley. In addition, she is the founder and CEO of the J. Woods Beverage Group, one of California’s fastest growing statewide distributors.
After graduating from University of California Santa Barbara in 2006 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Education, she planned to pursue a teaching career. However, her brother Anthony asked her to help launch Scotto Cellars and create the associated production and distribution systems. She agreed to help for a year and soon caught the "wine fever" that has characterized her family for five generations.
Natalie's career is a natural extension of her family's history and love of wine, which was a daily part of their Italian family's mealtime traditions. "Talking about wine and enjoying it at Sunday night dinners with my parents, siblings and extended family was something I thought everyone did." She also sees a close tie between her academic training and her career because "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 and her husband Josh love life with their children Julian and Lucy and their English bulldog, who is always ready for a stroll down the street or through the woods. Natalie is an indoor cyclist and shares a passion for hiking, yoga and watching "their" Warriors and Giants with Josh.
When reflecting on her role as a woman in an industry historically dominated by men, she is not intimidated, perhaps because she grew up in a wine making family where the entire family pitched in wherever needed. As Natalie says, "Creating a 'synergy and a vibe' with the sales team and our customers is exciting and reaching our sales and company goals fuels 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.
Paul grew up in the Livermore Valley, “hanging out at my grandfather’s winery”, where he learned that his family’s winemaking history dated back to 1883 in Ischia, Italy. His interest in becoming a 5th generation winemaker resulted and led him to graduate from the Enology program at UC Davis.
After graduation he wanted experience outside of the family business, so he spent seven years selling construction and vineyard equipment, making wine and working in green waste. He joined his siblings in 2009 as the Director of Winemaking for all of their wineries and he developed a passion for creating small lots of premium wine that expressed the vineyard and the varietals. Paul’s enviable portfolio includes numerous awards and top ratings for releases from the family’s Lodi, Napa Valley and Amador wineries and includes both varietals and finely balanced blends.
In 2010 he launched his own winery, Sera Fina Cellars, in the historic Gold Rush community of Amador to focus on Italian and Rhone varietals and blends. His love of blending to enhance flavors, aromas and body is the foundation for his work at Scotto Cellars. Paul describes himself as a “Blendologist” and often says that “Blending is challenging but the results are the reward.”
Paul’s energy and commitment drive his pursuit of excellence with every vintage and provides a guiding force for the entire Scotto portfolio.
When not working feverishly in the winery and vineyards or following the Golden State Warriors, Paul cherishes his time with his wife Whitney and enjoys a wide range of sports and family outings with their three energetic sons Dante, Luca and Carlo.