QWhat is your business and role?
AI am the owner and creator of Steamboat Winery, LLC.
QWhat was your path in starting this business?
AMy passion has been wine most of my adult life. I graduated with a Masters Degree in Business and managed insurance claim offices before I bought a retail wine shop in the Carolinas (way more fun)! When we moved to Steamboat, I thought about opening a retail store but felt like the retail wine market was well covered here. I began thinking about unique opportunities and creating a winery came to mind. I quickly learned our growing season is too short and the winters are too cold to grow grapes. I reached out to some contacts in California and hired a consultant to assist me in finding quality grapes for our wines. A year and a half later, we bottled our first vintage.
QHow does being a woman influence your business?
AHonestly, I don’t think much about being a woman. My father always told me I could do anything I wanted to and I always believed him. I think ‘believing’ is the key to anything; it can’t happen otherwise. What strongly influences my business is my love of wine, marketing and Steamboat. For ‘branding purposes’ I probably should have labeled all bottles the same, but I love creating labels inspired by the beauty of our surroundings, so I made each label unique, despite the cost, and people tell me constantly, “I love your labels”! I also hear often, “I follow you on Instagram and love what you post”! I follow most of my followers because I really love this community and I want to connect. I am genuinely interested in what is happening in the lives of people around me. I am also passionate about wine – the growing, the making, and the tasting. To me, drinking wine is about enhancing your meal and connecting with others.