KALISPELL, Mont. – (November 22, 2021) – Waters Edge Wineries today announced its location in Kalispell, MT has been awarded “Business of the Year” in the small/medium business category by the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce. Owner Angela Zuba was recognized at The Grand Event, an annual banquet and auction known as the largest business event in northwest Montana. Since opening Waters Edge Winery & Bistro of Kalispell in 2020, Angela has successfully grown her business while immersing herself in the local community.
“It’s truly an honor to be receive this incredible recognition, and the award really belongs to our entire team,” said owner Angela Zuba. “We are so thankful for the outpouring support we’ve received from the community, even during challenging times as we opened during a global pandemic. Our success would not have been possible without our hardworking team and the support of our neighbors.”
When opening the neighborhood micro-winery, Angela never imagined how her timing would impact her family and the business. She had a dream to make wines from grapes sourced from all over the world and to share her passion with the people of Northwest Montana. She signed a lease in December 2019 before immigrating to the United States with her son, while her husband remained in Canada for nearly two years due to pandemic restrictions. Despite immense challenges brought on by opening a restaurant amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Angela’s location has continued to thrive, with 13,717 glasses sold in 2020 (from August to December). For 2021, the winery is on track to finish the year with 41,000 glasses of wine sold.
All wines are made in-house for guests to enjoy and include prominent varietals such as Merlots, Cabernets, and Chardonnays. Other rare wines and reserves are available alongside sangrias, dessert wines and wine flights. Their robust menu serves as a unique twist for lunch and dinner with tapas including charcuterie and hummus, as well as paninis, sandwiches, salads and pizzettas. In addition, the winery offers innovative programming and events that are unique to the community, such as bottling parties, business networking socials and most recently a “murder mystery series” tied to Halloween.
“Angela and her team provide exemplary customer service, outstanding wines, and delicious bistro food with an exceptional focus on making everyone feel like family,” said Lorraine Clarno, President/CEO of the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce. “It hasn’t been easy for many reasons. I have watched Angela spin so many plates at the same time in the air – juggle distance from her family, deal with workforce issues, navigate potentially dangerous legislation to wineries in Montana and more. She has true grit and always has a smile on her face. We are really fortunate to have her in Kalispell.”
The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Auction happens each November. Winners of the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Awards can be found on their website at https://KalispellChamber.com/programs/auction-awards.
Waters Edge Winery & Bistro of Kalispell, Montana is located at 2593 Highway 2 East, Suite No. 8, Kalispell, MT (in the Aspen Square Building on the corner of Reserve & Highway 2). Hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The micro-winery also offers private event opportunities, custom wine bottle labeling, a wine club and much more.
For more information, call 406-607-9670 or visit WeWineryKalispell.com. Follow on Instagram at @WatersEdgeWinery_Kalispell or on Facebook.
About Waters Edge Winery & Bistro of Kalispell
Located in Kalispell’s Flathead Valley, Waters Edge Winery & Bistro is an urban winery offering dozens of different wine selections, an eclectic food menu and elevated wine tasting experiences unique to the area. Led by Angela and Trevor Zuba, the winery also offers customized labeling, an exclusive wine club which allows enthusiasts and novices alike to expand their expertise, and more.
About Waters Edge Wineries®
California-based Waters Edge Wineries is an innovative urban winery system bringing the cultural experience of wine to communities across the country. Each Waters Edge Winery & Bistro location combines the very best of a winery and wine bar in one versatile model that can be located anywhere, regardless of topography or agricultural factors. Founded in 2004 by husband and wife team Ken and Angela Lineberger, Waters Edge Wineries currently operates 15 Waters Edge Winery & Bistro locations in California, Kentucky, Illinois, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. The company caters to entrepreneurs who are seeking a fun, exciting career where they can share their passion for wine while creating memorable guest experiences.
For more information on Waters Edge Wineries® or for franchising information, contact 909-GOT-WINE, visit WatersEdgeWineries.com or email [email protected].
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