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Maria Bennetti

Rajat Parr - Director of Farming, Winemaking, and Owner

Rajat ("Raj") Parr is internationally recognized for his passion for cool climate wine growing regions including our San Luis Obispo Coast AVA. His rich history and love for cool-climate, classic, French-inspired wines make Raj the perfect fit for Stolo Vineyards’ vision.

Along with managing Stolo Vineyards, Raj produces wine under Sandhi, Domaine de la Cote, and Evening Land. He also farms and produces wines at Stolo from our sister vineyards in San Simeon, Phelan Farm.

In addition to his success as a winemaker and recipient of Wine Spectator's Grand Award, Raj is an accomplished wine grape grower, sommelier, and wine author. His most popular books are; 2018 The Sommelier's Atlas to Taste and 2010 Secrets of the Sommelier's.

Parr credits his uncle in England for first introducing him to great wines, which inspired him to begin his career as an apprentice to one of the industry’s most acclaimed master sommeliers, Larry Stone at Rubicon in San Francisco. While working closely with Stone, Raj gained extensive knowledge of great wines from around the world.


Nicole Pope

Azael Beceril - Vineyard Manager

Azael has managed the day to day operations of Stolo Vineyards and property for over 15 years. Azael has dedicated himself to producing and managing our ultra-premium wine grape growing program with hands-on attentiveness. His knowledge of Stolo Vineyards is instrumental to maintaining our commitment to quality through strict sustainable farming practices.

Originally from Mexico City, Azeal is raising his family with us here in Cambria. As a full time resident on the estate you will ALWAYS see Azael with a smile on his face! Everyone at Stolo is so grateful to have him as a leader of the vineyard team.

Scott Wills - General Manager

Scott has a passion for everything the Central Coast has to offer, where he is raising his family and contributing to the community and wine business in Cambria California. 

He began his career in downtown Los Angeles, working in the printing and publishing industry. First with a print manufacturing apprenticeship at 19, which eventually led to his involvement in all facets of the business from sales/customer service and eventually leading the company.

Scott relocated to the Central Coast in 2003 to begin raising a family. For over fifteen years he has focused on the local wine industry in the San Luis Obispo/Paso Roble area, managing consumer engagement with Denner Vineyards and other premium producers.

Scott and his family moved to Cambria in 2019 to manage Stolo Vineyards. When he isn't busy at the winery you can find him just North of San Simeon, at Arroyo Laguna, pursuing his passion for windsurfing.

Nicole Pope

Maria Stolo-Bennetti  - Ranch Managing Partner

Maria has been involved in the wine industry for twenty years.  Her background encompasses direct and wholesale sales as well as marketing for boutique wineries primarily from the Napa and Sonoma regions. 

In 2004, Maria partnered with Don and Charlene Stolo to develop Stolo Vineyards’ estate label. All three partners saw the potential in the ultra-coastal vineyard location for premium cool climate growing.  Over the years, as the exposure continues to grow,  Maria’s focus for the label remains on quality and place.

She continues to champion the unique location of the vineyard through the establishment of the Pacific Coast Wine Trail as well as being a founding member in the development of a new coastal AVA in San Luis Obispo County.