Our team strives to bring the essence of place from the land to the the bottle


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Maria Stolo Bennetti • General Manager

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 Family 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.


Nicole Bertotti Pope • Winemaker

After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences and Minor in Psychology, Nicole set off to explore the vineyards of the world.  She traveled and worked in California, Australia, and South Africa, gaining extensive knowledge of unique practices from around the globe.  Nicole landed at Domaine Carneros in the Carneros Region of Napa Valley where she served as Enologist.  She honed her skills producing cool climate Pinot Noir and sparkling wine.  A position as Enologist at Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande, known also for world class cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, brought her back to the Central Coast.  She soon moved on to Assistant Winemaker.  Nicole came on as Winemaker at Stolo Vineyards in 2011 and continues to utilize her knowledge of cool climate wines to produce beautiful representations of our unique vineyard location.


Lucas Pope • Vineyard Consultant

Lucas came to us in 2010 with the expertise that our boutique vineyard was in need of.  With a Bachelors of Science in Wine and Viticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Lucas along with Nicole, set off to explore the vineyards and work various harvests around the world.  Upon return, he founded Coastal Range Vineyards, a vineyard consulting company, focused on small ultra-premium vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  He was drawn back to the Central Coast and began consulting for Stolo; bringing with him the advanced knowledge and techniques learned both abroad and in Northern California.