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.
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 had nearly 80% of its wines win medals in the third largest international wine competition in the US for each of the last three years.
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 wines.