Billy Button Wines sprang to life in January 2014 when winemaker Jo Marsh made the decision to leave the safety of permanent employment and create her own brand based in the Alpine Valleys. She was already highly awarded when working for Seppelt in Great Western over eight years; she also worked vintages in the Napa Valley of California and the iconic Burgundy region of France.
However it was when working as head winemaker at Feathertop Wines that she fell in love with the natural beauty of the Alpine Valleys region, its superb fruit quality and the passionate local growers nursing small parcels of less common varietals. The Italian migrant history of the area is evident in the intriguing and unusual grape varietals grown.
After making the decision to begin Billy Button, Jo had to hit the ground running in vintage 2014. She quickly sourced fruit from local growers and within just a few weeks, a fascinating range of wines was being created. Gewurtztraminer. Friulano. Verduzzo. Vermentino. Barbera. Sangiovese. Tempranillio - and to round out the range; the classics Riesling, Chardonnay and Shiraz.
In 2015 she has expanded the range, always seeking the hidden treasures of the Valleys. Welcome Fiano, Malvasia, Prosecco, Arneis, Pinot Blanc, Moscato Giallo. And Saperavi, Nebbiolo, Schioppettino, Refosco - phew! Come by cellar door, the team at Billy Button would love to talk to you about their winemaking adventures. Their small quantities sell out fast, so each visit will offer something different.
Local produce platters are available from cellar door also. Birbante takes over each night creating delicious gourmet pizzas which pair perfectly with Billy Button Wines; poured by the glass, and available for purchase by the bottle.