|A Toast to
Satek Winery's Tenth Anniversary
Fort Wayne Newspapers
It's been ten years since Fremont-based Satek Winery opened. But
as they say, time passes quickly when you're having fun.
And for the most part, it has been fun for
owners Larry and Pam Satek, who established the vineyard on land that
once was working apple orchard owned by her great-grandfather.
"We especially love to have people come
and sit at the picnic tables, enjoy cheese and crackers and wine," Pam
Satek said. "People have a lot of fun up here."
Many gallons, medals, and class awards
later, the venue has become a popular destination renowned for
innovative events such as WINOS (Women in Need of Shopping), a monthly
girls' night out.
"Last year we began WINOS, which is
extremely popular," Larry Satek said. "It's always sold out."
Earlier this year, for the first time, we
did a library tasting with some of our older wines. These are
samplings of some of the first wines we did, primarily red and dry,
which age well. We were really pleased at how they've held up, and
plan another tasting later this year."
Despite their success, the Sateks
continue to challenge themselves and produce new wines for an
ever-increasing consumer base. "We produced our first tawny port
this year and will release it July 1 during our anniversary week," he
The wine is a blend of every port they've
made, aged in oak barrels. "We add to it each year," he said," and
this is the first year we'll take some out. We're calling it
"Decennial" to celebrate our tenth anniversary."
The Sateks have also collaborated with
successful online Groupon and Fremont restaurant Timbuktoo's in
presenting "Wine 101." The hour-long course on wine eduction and
food pairing has been extremely successful, Satek said, and allows them
to spend more time with each individual than they're generally able to.
"We are just overwhelmed from the support
we've gotten from northeast Indiana." Pam Satek said. "It's
just been fantastic. My family has been here many generations.
We love the community, enjoy the lake, and really enjoy the winery."