Ellie Butz

Enology Specialist, Retired

Ellie Butz began her work with the wine industry in 1979 as a microbiologist employed by Tri Bio Labs to produce the first American freeze dried malolactic bacterial culture, LeucoStart. With the encouragement of Philip Wagner, she established a wine analysis lab to support the growing eastern wine industry. From 1984 until 1992 Ellie worked with the Mississippi State University Enology and Viticulture Program.  She recently retired from Purdue University after 15 years as Enology Specialist for the Indiana Wine Industry.  Ellie & Dr. Richard Vine ran the Indy International Wine Competition which became the largest in the US in 2005.  In 2011 Ellie was awarded the American Society for Enology & Viticulture Merit Award for her years of service to the society at the chapter and national level. Since her retirement she has been serving as a product specialist for Lallemand at various wine trade shows.