Judie Barta is excited about this weekend. Her business, Meadow Vista Honey Wines, is opening their newly constructed modern artisan farm in South East Kelowna on Saturday and Sunday. To celebrate this holiday season and preview its sparkling new location, they are holding an opening weekend preview event from 10-5 both days where visitors will have the opportunity to tour the new grounds, tasting room and wine shop while sampling delicious honey wines, discovering unique art and bee-inspired artisan gifts. Meadow Vista seeks to empower people to make healthy choices that taste incredibly good by creating exquisite honey based products in harmony with nature. Judie has built the winery and brand from the ground up and says she feels honored to have the opportunity to share her knowledge of wine, food, health and wellness, under one roof. Today Judie and Meadow Vista Honey Wines are In Focus.
What do you always find yourself saying?
Really?? (accompanied with really wide eyes!)
If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select and why?
If you were to receive any existing public award, what award would you like to win?
Is there one for Mom-prenure?
If you could spend a day with any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
My great grandfather, Frantisek Krizik. He was a recognized inventor who put our family on the map with his invention of the Plzen Lamp and other cool things. He came from humble beginnings and his fortune is still being divided by my family.
Who inspires you?
My friend Miranda Webb
What are 3 things on your bucket list?
To ski in Japan, go halibut fishing on the west coast of BC and explore the Maldives.
If you had an enormous yacht, what would you name it?
If you could foresee a single day of your future in its entirety, what date would you select?
December 31, 2015
What are you passionate about?
What has been your favourite day of your life, up to this point?
I have had too many to choose just one.
What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Surviving the experience of looking for an investor.
Where is your favourite place to dine in Kelowna? What do you like about it?
My house, I cook really well and have friends that come over and cook really well. I like the intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
What is your favourite activity or event in Kelowna? Why?
Feast of Fields. It is the most romantic event as you stroll from booth to booth outside on a real farm with beautiful music, eating awesome dishes prepared by local chefs using local ingredients and of course drinking local wines!
What is the name of your business/organization?
Meadow Vista Honey Wines
What does your business/organization do?
At Meadow Vista Honey Wines, we make award winning honey wines that taste like nature in a glass. Joy, Bliss, Mabon, Ostara, Cloud Horse and Libra are stories in a bottle. We use the freshest honey, fruits and spices to create world-class honey wines. New to our modern artisan farm location we will offer varietal specific honey, bees wax candles, encaustic art and in the spring we will have blackberries, edible flowers and farm grown tisanes. Most of all, I look forward to the art classes and farm picnics that we will offer in the New Year.
Where can people find you or your business online?
How do people connect with you on Linkedin?
Where can people find your business on Facebook?
What is your Twitter account?
What is your mission?
We empower people to make healthy choices that taste incredibly good by creating exquisite honey based products in harmony with nature.
If you could achieve one thing within your field, what would it be?
To bring harmony back to the bees.
Where do you want your business/organization to be in 5 years?
In a steady state of economics.
Who do you consider to be a forerunner within your field?
The U.S. market.
What 3 qualities do you feel that your business/organization exemplifies?
Authenticity, simplicity, harmony.
What would you like to say to your employees/volunteers?
You guys are amazing! I love working with you. And Thank You!
How does your business/organization impact the community?
As we are just opening our doors in a new neighborhood of our community, I believe we will add to the quality of the farm and winery experience for our local and visiting guests.
If you were trapped in an elevator with several wealthy investors from any field, which field would you want them to be experts in? What would say to them/talk about?
I would choose the field of politics. I would like to know why there is so much disconnect in our federal and provincial institutions. What would they do if they could start from scratch to build Canada?
If I could change 1 thing about Kelowna, it would be:
Stop building residential and commercial on arable land.
What do you think makes Kelowna great?
The weather and geography.
My choice for the Kelowna In Focus spotlight is:
Mr. Bradshaw at Rose Valley Elementary School. He is a champion in forming the minds and spirits of our future leaders.
Some general comments I would like to share are:
Reaching the goal of building a winery and a brand from the ground up is amazing! I feel so honored to have the opportunity to share my knowledge of wine, food, health and wellness, under one roof at Meadow Vista Honey Wines. The farm doors open for the first time this weekend and I could not have done it without the support of some amazing people.
Thank you everyone that has helped me, for I am truly grateful. I hope to see you at the farm Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 from 10-5pm.
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