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Butala goes from hitmaker to winemaker

March 6, 2009 - Andy Gray
Sharon, Pa., native Tony Butala has been making sweet music for 48 years as a founding member of The Letterman. But music isn’t the only thing he’s produced.

Butala is a winemaker as well as a hitmaker. Artesa Winery will begin bottling its 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon under the label Butala Vineyards.

According to a press release, Butala tranformed the 40-acre California property in 1987 into a Bourdeaux style vineyard located 800 feet above the southeast border of Napa Valley in the Vaca Mountain Range.

The singer comes from a long line of winemakers. His great-grandfather, Josip Butala, started a vineyard in Croatia in 1875, and his grandfather, Miko, established Butala Vineyards in Sharon back in 1913 with vine cuttings he brought with him from Croatia.

It sounds like Butala is courting wine connoisseurs with his vines. But if he wants to attract Boone’s Farm-MD 20/20 crowd, he could always market his product under the name "Goin’ Out of My Head" Red.


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