Amy Jean Butler

Amy Jean Butler

Pelletiere Estate (Winemaker)

Ranchero Cellars (Winemaker & Proprietress)

Amy Jean Butler graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1997 and has some 15 vintages under her belt. She worked at a number of winery positions in Napa Valley before moving to the Paso Robles area in 2002. She was the winemaker for Edward Sellers Vineyards and Wines in Paso Robles for several years and now makes wines under her own label, Ranchero Cellars, and Brouhaha, a label that she and winemaker Anthony Yount co-produce. She is also the winemaker for Pelletiere Estate, consults for Red Soles Winery, and is also working with startups.

Amy says that Ranchero Cellars pays homage to the spur-jangling vaqueros of the Old West, as well as to the cowboy kitsch culture of 1950s America. The wine style evokes the pastoral history of early California: old vines and dusty fields, shady oaks, goats and chickens, rusty tractors, and barbed wire fences. She says, “I like those things.”

Ranchero Cellars, based in Paso Robles, is committed to making small batches (three barrels) of wine using unique varietals, time-honored methods, naturally occurring yeasts, and minimal processing. At Pelletiere, Amy produces a number of different Italian varietals, including Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Lagrein, and Zinfandel, in addition to Syrah and Viognier.