Satek Winery, 260) 495-9463, 6208 N. Van Guilder Road, Fremont, Indiana, is celebrating its 11th anniversary. The family-owned farm winery, nestled on a picturesque 16-acre property in Fremont, produces more than 20,000 gallons of wine, has 25 employees, and draws 65,000 visitors a year to the area.
At their Grand Opening in 2001, Satek introduced four wines (DeChaunac, 101 Lakes Red, Steuben, and Seyval Blanc), and eventually released (and sold out of) 12 wines in total that year. Satek Winery will release 38 varieties of wine over the course of 2012, including award-winning dry whites and reds, semi-dry wines, sweet wines, fruit wines, port-style and ice wines.
Larry Satek has been a key player in fostering Indiana wineries, having served for 9 years on the Indiana Wine Grape Council, and for nine years as President of the Indiana Winery and Vineyard Association, retiring in early 2012. He has actively lobbied the statehouse on behalf of fellow Indiana wineries, citing the economic impact of wineries as agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing entities.
This year’s Anniversary Celebration (which starts Friday, June 29 and continues through Sunday, June 8), will kick off with the unveiling of a large new entrance sign, crafted of sandblasted redwood with gilded lettering, crafted by TLA Signs of Angola.
The 10-day celebration is highlighted by a gift of a limited-edition wine glass with each two-bottle wine purchase (no limit, while supplies last). They will also release the new vintage of their signature DeChaunac, a dry red wine made from grapes grown on the original Lake James vineyard on Kreibaum Bay—and one of those first four varieties released on opening day eleven years ago.
Satek Winery is open every day, including the Fourth of July, with free tasting, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.