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We proudly contribute to the Stolo family's passion for unique coastal wines produced and shared in a friendly and approachable atmosphere.

Maria Bennetti

Nicole Pope - Winemaker

Nicole's winemaking style reveals the natural beauty, texture, and purity of fruit influenced by our proximity to the Pacific. It's an approach that celebrates a true sense of place. Here at Stolo Vineyards in Cambria, she's led our winemaking team since 2011.
Consistently hard-working season after season, Nicole’s talent earns acclaim—from being named San Francisco Chronicle’s 2019 Winemaker to Watch by Esther Mobley to ensuring Stolo Vineyards recognition among Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines in 2017 and 2018.

Before crafting wine for our family, the Cal Poly grad and Division I athlete worked harvests across the globe in both South Africa and Australia. She's served as Assistant Winemaker at Talley Vineyards in the Arroyo Grande Valley and contributed her technical expertise to Domaine Carneros Winery in Napa as Enologist. Today she and her husband/vineyard manager Lucas also craft sparkling wine under their own label, Haliotide Wines.

Ultimately, Nicole is driven to continually learn and grow in an industry where cultivating relationships is as rewarding as producing remarkable wines.

Nicole Pope

Maria Bennetti  - 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.

Lucas Pope - Vineyard Manager

Lucas joined Stolo Vineyards in 2010 and his expertise has been fundamental
during planting and in managing the viticultural challenges we face in this extreme
coastal climate. Through his commitment to sustainable farming and innovative
growing practices we have been able to prove the true potential of our unique site.

Lucas has dedicated his career to ultra-premium vineyard management on the Central Coast since graduating from Cal Poly in Wine and Viticulture. His experience has ranged from founding a vineyard management company in the Santa Cruz Mountains to nearly a decade as Vineyard Manager at Halter Ranch. In 2017 his innovation and influence in the industry garnered Lucas the “Top 40 Under 40” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Lucas is first vineyard manager to ever make this esteemed list.

Lucas is currently the Director of Vineyard Operations at Coastal Vineyard Services, managing top vineyards throughout the region, while also serving as Vice President of the Vineyard Team SIP Board of Directors.



Scott Wills - General Manager

At Stolo Scott focuses his energy on our consumer experience and operations management.

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. 

Scott began his career in publishing, going on to build and manage some of the nations most successful brands. 

For over ten years he has been a technology and wine industry professional in the San Luis Obispo/Paso Roble area, managing consumer engagement with Denner Vineyards and management for Emerson Brown Wines.