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A brief history

Buty Winery was founded on a belief in the artistry of the blend. This belief has been the inspiration for a short list of wines that includes a pioneering Washington blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, and an equally inspired Sémillon-based blend that includes both Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. To make these wines, and Buty’s other acclaimed bottlings, founder Nina Buty has built lasting relationships with the people who farm some of Washington’s most renowned vineyards—grand cru-caliber sites like Conner Lee and Boushey vineyards.

After two years of planning that included a trip to New Zealand to learn more about making great Sauvignon Blanc, Buty became a reality in 2000, when it made its debut vintage of five wines. Building on the early acclaim of these offerings, in 2001, the winery added Rediviva of the Stones and Columbia Rediviva to the Buty portfolio. These premium blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah were the first of their kind in Washington State, and continue to set the standard for this blend among the great wineries of the Northwest. 2001 also brought several other milestones, from the opening of Buty’s tasting room in Walla Walla to the planting of Buty’s dedicated section of Phinny Hill Vineyard on a hillside overlooking Champoux Vineyard. It was also the beginning of Buty’s inspiring relationship with legendary consulting winemaker Zelma Long.

Today, Buty remains true to its original vision. Nina continues to run the small, family-owned winery, guiding a team that includes Zelma and renowned Washington winemaker Chris Dowsett. Together, they make a selection of iconic Washington State blends. These wines continue to be made using grapes from a handful of celebrated vineyards, as well as fruit from Nina’s own Rockgarden Vineyard in Walla Walla Valley, and Buty’s section of Phinny Hill Vineyard. These wines have earned a reputation for their blending artistry, and for the soulfulness that inspires Buty’s winemaking approach.

Buty has also been at the forefront of several winemaking movements—from its commitment to using little-or-no new oak in many of its wines to picking earlier to retain purity, aromatics and acidity, and finally the winery’s dedication to a natural approach to winemaking that eschews the use of any additions or “enhancement tools.” This natural approach is echoed in an emphasis on stewardship and service—ideals that have led Nina to farm Rockgarden and Buty’s section of Phinny Hill organically (with Rockgarden receiving its organic certification in 2010).

Today, Buty’s sought-after, limited-production wines are recognized as benchmarks for quality, creativity and value—offering a rare intersection of all three elements. Every wine in Buty’s small portfolio is made with artistry and purpose, and though no corners are ever cut to achieve Nina’s creative vision, Buty’s wines represent some of the great values of the North American wine world.
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Established in 2000

535 E Cessna Avenue
Walla Walla, Washington, United States




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Featured Wines

Buty Rediviva of the Stones Bottle Preview
ButyRediviva of the Stones

We made our first Rediviva of the Stones® in 2001, when we were the only Washington winery exploring premium blends of syrah and cabernet. Today, this silky textured wine continues to set the standard for this core pairing. All of the grapes for our Rediviva of the Stones come from our own organic-certified Rockgarden Estate in the newly minted The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater appellation. We developed Rockgarden Estate specifically to make this wine. Rockgarden is named for the famed basalt cobblestones that make this alluvial section of Walla Walla Valley so renowned for winegrowing.

Buty Sémillon, Sauvignon & Muscadelle Bottle Preview
ButySémillon, Sauvignon & Muscadelle

This wine comes from a trio of renowned vineyards, each with ideal microclimates for their varieties. To preserve freshness and natural acidity with richness and a silky texture, we keep the grapes partially shaded from the summer sun. Planted in 1982 on the Wahluke Slope, we source sémillon from the oldest block of Rosebud Ranch, in an area that benefits from diurnal swings of up to 50 degrees. We also source sémillon from legendary winegrower Dick Boushey’s Boushey Vineyard—a cooler site in Yakima Valley. Our aromatic muscadelle and sauvignon blanc come from nearby Lonesome Spring Ranch. Muscadelle was added to the Semillon/Sauvignon blend in the 2007 vintage.

Buty Rockgarden Estate Mourvèdre, Syrah & Grenache Bottle Preview
ButyRockgarden Estate Mourvèdre, Syrah & Grenache

This mourvèdre-based blend comes exclusively from our Rockgarden Estate in The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater. Long hailed as the finest fruit-farming land in Walla Walla Valley, in 2015, The Rocks District earned official recognition as an American Viticultural Area, cementing its status as one of Washington’s preeminent winegrowing regions. Named for the famed basalt cobblestones that make this part of the valley so renowned for winegrowing, our Rockgarden Estate is perfectly situated in the highest part of The Rocks District. This unique location has proven ideal for Rhône varieties, yielding silky structured wines, recognized for their fruit purity and savory spice.