Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Chris Fodor, Owner of City & Country Winery, located in Calgary, AB, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Calgary's Urban winery & tasting bar. Handmade wines with grapes from around the globe. No added colours, flavours, or sugars. Vegan & Gluten-Free.

Tell us about yourself

In wine, there is truth. Everything (flavour, fault & success) starts in the vineyard. I love wine & my family. Every day we strive to be better than the day before.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Opening Calgary's urban winery & surviving two years of COVID.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Getting customers & business owners to try & buy our award-winning wines.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Every single thing takes longer.
  2. You aren't as great as you think (& that people tell you).
  3. Your 'business plan' is irrelevant - you only need great product and marketing.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

What's your schtick? You can never have enough capital.

Where can people find you and your business?


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