Our Team

Zotovich Vineyards is a family owned, boutique winery located in the Central Coast's beautiful Santa Rita Hills. We produce small lot hand crafted wines from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache and Viognier from 40 acre estate vineyard. We treat the wines produced from our unique vineyard site as gently as possible, understanding that minimal handling yields maximum quality.


Ben Merz, Vineyard Manager

Ben manages Zotovich Family Vineyards, and is today, one of the most knowledgeable individuals on the central coast farming premium wine grapes.  He excels in the management of Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir.  Ben received a Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Viticulture and Agribusiness, concentrating in farm and ranch management.  He is as passionate about wine as we are and focuses heavily on tending the best grapes possible.  We feel extraordinarily lucky to have CVCA and Ben onboard with us, and consider them to be part of our family.

Steve Zotovich, Owner 

Owner Steve Zotovich spent decades as an avid wine collector before finding himself in a position to become owner of what has now become one of the top vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills AVA. Steve's passion for the vineyard and the wines it produces drives his relentless pursuit of excellence in everything we do here at Zotovich Vineyards.

Growing our own grapes and making our own wine, really let’s us control every detail in the vineyard and the winery. I truly believe that great wines are made in the vineyard.