Kelly started her winemaking career in 1998. Over the years, she has worked for Eyrie, Lemelson, Torii Mor, and Left Coast Cellars, undertaken a stage in Burgundy, and started her own label, Mad Violets. All that experience in the cellar is grounded in the solid fundamentals she learned on the way to her degree in fermentation science from Oregon State University.
Her approach to winemaking includes small lot fermentation with cool temperatures and native yeast. Although she keeps a keen watch over the fermenting fruit, she does not tamper with the process unless absolutely necessary.
Kelly lives with husband and renowned Oregon vineyard manager Stirling Fox, Stirling's daughters Madeleine and Violet, and lots of pets. She has received numerous master chef awards from all three Foxes. Together, in their vanishing spare time, they tend their very own Buttonfield Vineyard, a petite and historic 4 acres of pinot noir and pinot gris.