Satek Winery started as a commercial vineyard, selling grapes to other
Indiana wineries, in 1992. The intent was to
eventually open our own winery as a “retirement” business.
The vineyard was established on land owned by the family on the north
end of Lake James. The land was purchased in 1915 by
Pam Satek’s great grandfather Fred Kreibaum. The
land was a working apple orchard for many years, but had grown wild when
the Satek’s started the vineyard in 1992.
Groundbreaking for the winery was held in late 1999.
The winery opened on June 30, 2001 with Pam, Larry and one part time
employee. Satek Winery currently has 24 employees.
All the original wine in 2001 was made from grapes grown in Satek
Winery’s Lake James vineyard. The winery opened with
four wines, although eventually 12 wines would be released during 2001.
Although vineyard acreage has increased, the winery’s needs have
outstripped the growth and Satek Winery has had to purchase grapes.
Most (80%) are from other Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania
vineyards to remain as close in character to our grapes as possible.
California grapes are also purchased.
The winery was originally designed for 10,000 gal capacity, although
nearly 13,000 gal were produced in the last 12 months.
With the expansion, production can be increased to an anticipated
25,000 – 30,000 gal.
Satek Winery has expanded its vineyard from the original 2 acres to 8
acres (4 owned and 40 contracted). A ton of grapes
will produce about 150 gal of wine. An acre of
grapes will produce 3-7 tons of grapes.
newly planted grapevine will take about 5 years to reach full
production, and about 7 years to reach full flavor maturity.
Grapevines generally slow down in production after about 35
years, but may live to be 100 years old, or older.
Satek Winery has had nearly 80% of its wines win medals in the third
largest international wine competition in the US for each of the last
Wines grown on Satek Winery vineyards have won gold medals, and Best in
Class awards, from dry red and white wines to semi-sweet red and white
Pam Satek, an Indiana University graduate, was a teacher, followed by
being a Principal of an Elementary School in the Lutheran School System
for 16 years. Larry Satek holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and was a research
scientist for 23 years, after 7 years of being a college chemistry
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