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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 14 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.