Nina, Chris and the Buty team believe that making wine is part of a larger process, with many interconnections and contributions. They also believe that great vineyards and great wines have a soul. In keeping with these beliefs, Buty is guided by a philosophy that reflects the idea of growth from body to mind to soul to spirit—with each level building on the last to create a more complex and cohesive whole. Though this age-old philosophical idea, also known as the “great nest of being,” wasn’t conceived with wine in mind, for Nina it offers a way to acknowledge and honor all the steps that take a wine from the earth to the glass. On a practical level, it also informs every choice Buty makes in the creation of its wines, from the selection of vineyards, the methods used to farm them and the timing of harvest to Buty’s dedication to natural winemaking practices.