Saeedeh Salem

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Saeedeh Salem, President of LaStella Winery.

As far as I can remember from a young age, I always had the dream of being independent and building my own business. Being an entrepreneur was in my nature, always having the drive and ambition, being dedicated and hard working, having positive attitude and not ever giving up on my dreams. Having the freedom and creativity, helped me follow my passion and never be afraid of failure, being strong and fighting for what I believe in. These were the factors behind opening LaStella Winery, an Italian inspired boutique winery in BC to make top quality world class wines using the combination of old world practices and the new world technology, taking it from an idea to reality, it was a journey for labour of love. What inspires you? My inspiration comes from travelling around the world, learning about other cultures, art and architecture, visiting other wine countries and bringing the European taste to Okanagan, being unique and different by having an international vision. Also, my contribution to the community, to give back and help the less fortunate has always been a big part of me, as I believe in good karma. Making a difference inspires me very much.

What inspires you?

My inspiration comes from travelling around the world, learning about other cultures, art and architecture, visiting other wine countries and bringing the European taste to Okanagan, being unique and different by having an international vision. Also, my contribution to the community, to give back and help the less fortunate has always been a big part of me, as I believe in good karma. Making a difference inspires me very much.