I had a dream to make wines from grapes sourced from all over the world and to share my passion with the people of Northwest Montana. I signed my lease in December 2019 before immigrating to the United States with my son. When COVID brought the world to a screeching halt, my husband was forced to remain in Canada for nearly two years due to the pandemic restrictions. Despite this setback, and with the help of the Waters Edge Wineries corporate team, I was able to navigate handling opening preparations for my new business, while simultaneously caring for and raising our son. It was during uncertain times in August of 2020 that our Waters Edge Winery & Bistro of Kalispell, Montana opened, and despite the incredible challenges we faced, we were met with a warm welcome from our community and thrived almost out of the gate.