April 26, 2022 – Romulus NY – Buttonwood Grove Winery recently welcomed Kelly Burnett to their team as the newly-appointed Marketing, Wine Club, and Operations Manager. Located on Cayuga Lake, Buttonwood Grove is owned by Melissa and Dave Pittard and is well known for its award-winning wines, elevated tasting experiences, and summer concert series. Kelly’s responsibilities will include social media, marketing, promotions, and Wine Club management. The Pittards also own nearby Six Eighty Cellars, where she will be filling the same position.
Kelly has been a part of the Finger Lakes Wine industry since 2009 working in several roles before landing her career in marketing in 2016. She is pursuing her WSET level 3 certificate through Bayer Beverage in Rochester, NY. Kelly is also very active in the wine industry, being a member of the American Wine Society Rochester Chapter and Women for Winesense, where she recently took on a marketing role for the Rochester Chapter Board. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their two daughters going on camping trips throughout Central New York.
Buttonwood Grove Winery was acquired by The Pittards in May of 2014. Since that time, they have more than tripled the acreage of vineyards and added a full-scale production facility. In 2020, the Pittards were seeking to purchase additional vineyard acreage when a neighboring property became available. In the spring of 2021, they opened Six Eighty Cellars, where they produce an exciting new style of wines rarely seen in the Finger Lakes region. Focusing on sustainable vineyard practices, their estate wines are primarily crafted in ancient-style vessels made of clay, stone, and terracotta using minimal-intervention winemaking techniques. They look forward to working closely with Kelly to advance these brands.