A native of Los Angeles, Dave Butner came to Washington in 1984. Having loved wine for as long as he has been old enough to drink it, and employed at Boeing between 2001 and 2004, he started out first as a home brewer, then as a winemaker with the Boeing Employees Wine and Beermakers Club, the starting point for several other significant Washington winemakers. In time, Dave assisted at several wineries in the Seattle area to learn more about the process, and enrolled in classes at the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College. Dave started off making just thirty gallons of wine using club fruit in 2006, and one of these wines received a double gold medal at the club’s annual competition. Dave continued,doubling his production to sixty gallons in 2007, and in 2008 was encouraged enough with his progress to go commercial. Soon Kaella Winery was born
Nancy Butner, Super Taster and C.E.O (Chief Everything Officer) was born in Aberdeen Washington and grew up in the Seattle area.· Nancy graduated from Western Washington University and completed her MBA at City University.· She has a career in healthcare and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.· Nancy has a love for Cabernet Franc and has tested positive as an official 'Super Taster'.· All Kaella blends must pass the approval of her incomparable palate
Katie Butner (left), Junior Punchdown Assistant and Grape Stomper. ·She is the K in Kaella. Katie likes to sing, dance, ride bikes and scooters. She is a Gold Belt in Karate and she usually beats the entire family at Wii Bowling
Ellie Butner (right), Senior Punchdown Assistant and Grape Stomper. She is the 'Ella' in Kaella. Ellie likes to dance, gymnastics, play soccer, read, watch movies, listen to music, go geocahcing, hiking and much much more. She loves animals.