Consistent exercise. Find something that you really enjoy and that speaks to your body and regularly practice it. Whether it be one, or a combo of physical activities, moving in that routine I have found to be incredibly important for my physical and mental structure.
As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Amy Kuchar.
She is the co-founder of Rosé Water, the first wine innovation in the newly created “wine water” category. Rosé Water, based in Wilmington, NC, is a first-of-its-kind dry Rosé wine x sparkling water hybrid. With just 69 calories, 0 sugar and nothing artificial — it’s arguably one of the most health-conscious offerings currently available in the alcohol beverage industry.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” better. Can you share your “backstory” with us?
My husband Rob and I are from Michigan. When we met in college, he was initially in the wine business, and I soon became very interested in the culture of the business as well. About 14 years ago, we moved to North Carolina and decided to start our own wine venture, having always had an entrepreneurial spirit.
At that same time, I had begun a personal wellness journey because of some health issues I was experiencing. I started becoming very conscious of how a person’s lifestyle affects their physical health, which sent me on a mission to explore what we put in and, on our bodies, and how it very much affects our health, both short and long term. Loving wine, rosé in particular, and becoming more conscious of my adult beverage choices, I wanted to dive into creating something clean, that I could enjoy every now and again!
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career? What were the main lessons or takeaways from that story?
One of the most interesting experiences since I started this journey was three years ago when we traveled to San Francisco for a wine show in effort to start the search for a partner for the Rosé Water concept. A week before we were set to leave, I found out I was pregnant! There were numerous wineries at the show that we knew could be a potential partner and I couldn’t even sample the wines! It just goes to show you that what is meant to be, will be, and you just have to trust the universe that things will unfold the way you need them to.
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
I would say that my biggest challenge/mistake was trying to do everything myself. I tried to take all the work on my shoulders, because there were key responsibilities I had in my role. I didn’t want to delegate because I felt that was me trying to give my work to someone else and that it was being irresponsible to do so. In reality, it is necessary to delegate things to the team you are building for things to operate effectively and allow your company to grow.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I’d have to say my husband, Rob, is the person I’m most grateful to for helping me get to where I am today in my business and personal life. He’s always supported me in all of my aspirations and has encouraged me in any and all growth that I’ve gone through, and continue to grow through, as a woman in business, and now as a mom. I also come from a very supportive and loving family unit and I believe that has had a hand in a lot of confidence I’ve come to have as well.
Ok perfect. Now let’s jump to our main focus. When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
I’m very passionate about how what we use and consume on a daily basis affects us physically (and mentally at times), whether we’re aware of it or not. It can manifest into an issue, and at times, we aren’t sure what it may stem from, whether it could be from an ingredient(s) in our diet or something we are using in our daily routine.
Rosé Water was born because I wanted an adult beverage that was free of a lot of those ingredients that would ultimately not agree with me, and most likely many others. That passion spills over into this product and I feel as if I’m able to reach those people that are looking for something cleaner to enjoy, but also love the fact that Rosé Water is now a brand-new option for the everyday consumer to consider. “Natural” isn’t always what it is cracked up to be and it’s used frequently in the beverage industry these days. Rosé Water really is a new category that has been developed for the adult beverage industry. It is extremely health focused. It’s simply wine and water — no additives or “natural flavors”.
Additionally, a portion of Rosé Water proceeds go towards supporting Cape Fear River Watch, an organization designed to protect and improve water quality in our region. Being raised in Flint, Michigan, a place that’s known for major water issues, this subject hits extra close to home for me. With our clean water initiative, we’re proud to be setting an example by the pristine water source we use in the Rosé Water (sourced from the Austrian Alps), again — living one of our core values — being conscious of where our ingredients come from.
Can you share your top five “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing? Please give an example or story for each.
- Hydration. For years I have tried to set a goal every day for the amount of water I need to drink daily and I’ve seen the incredible affects that it’s had on me physically.
- Eliminating allergens that may cause inflammation. A lot of people battle inflammation and they aren’t even aware of it. I dealt with it personally and realized I was consuming things in my daily diet that were not agreeing with my body. Once I was able to identify what those were, I cut them out!
- Consistent exercise. Find something that you really enjoy and that speaks to your body and regularly practice it. Whether it be one, or a combo of physical activities, moving in that routine I have found to be incredibly important for my physical and mental structure.
- Reading and research. Whatever it is that interests you, that makes you want to grow in a positive direction for the better good of yourself and/or how you want to impact yourself personally, or others, I have found to be incredibly stimulating for myself. Books, articles, people, blogs, whatever it may be around subject matter that is meaningful to you. It brings more conviction and passion to my life and how I want to help care for my daughter, husband and family.
- Staying present. Although I’m definitely still trying to perfect this one every day, staying in the moment helps with bringing peace to the “right here and now” and assists in all of the others above I mentioned. It has also taught me how to appreciate the many blessings in my life.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
To have people start consuming products that are clean — meaning they have very few ingredients. The more ingredients listed, specifically the ones you can’t pronounce or aren’t scientific words for a clean or healthy substance, the harder it will be on your body in the long run.
What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?
- Most people never get started because they think they need a perfect plan.
- A business is not built on a spreadsheet, it is built through connecting with people.
- Energy is the only real currency.
- All successful business founders will go through very tough times.
- Do whatever it takes, every day will bring new challenges and keeping that mindset will make it easier to navigate.
Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?
I think all of those topics are great ones and very important, however the one that is dearest to me is probably mental health. It can be very challenging in today’s world, to have a positive mental attitude and I feel a person’s success relies a lot on keeping that in check, as you will affect that which goes on around you. Creating habits that will nourish your state of mind on a daily basis is important.
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Thank you for these fantastic insights!