Satek Winery

Gretchen Neuman
VinoVerve Editor

Tent at Satek WineryThe Fall Colors in IndianaAs you drive westward into Indiana one of the first things you see are signs for Satek Winery (rhymes with attic). It is deceptively close. Just beyond your reach off the highway. Unfortunately for me, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to close that small gap and enter the driveway. In fact, I ended up accidentally crossing into Michigan (instead of Ohio which I had come from) on my quest. The entrance to the winery was a lovely tree lined drive and the fall colors were at their peak. In the distance, a white tent had been pitched for special events. I entered the small tasting room and looked over the wine list which included twenty-six different selections (not including ice wines which were on a supplemental tasting sheet)! Of the twenty-six, grapes for eleven of the Satek wines were grown on site. These wines include:

  • 2007 Vidal Blanc
  • 2008 Kriebaum Bay Dry Rose
  • 2008 DeChaunac
  • 2008 Marechal Foch
  • Pam’s Perfect Little Red Wine
  • 2007 Soren’s Favorite
  • 2007 Steuben
  • 2008 101 Lakes White
  • 101 Lakes Red
  • 2007 Kreibaum Bay Steuben Dessert Wine
  • 2007 Kreibaum Bay Port

Satek WinerySatek Tasting RoomI started my tasting with the 2008 Chardonnay, it was light and lightly oaked with a green taste at the end. I thought it would be best on its own instead of with a meal. The 2007 Pinot Gris had mild tropical fruit flavors and was pleasant, but again a selection for an aperitif. The Vidal Blanc, on the other had was dry and tart with the bite of green apple. I liked this wine and was excited to see it was produced from the wineries own grapes.  Additionally, the Kriebaum Bay Dry Rose stood out with the taste of fresh raspberry.  It was produced from Steuben and Seyval Blanc grapes. I also tried red wine too.  The 2009 Merlot had a bright cherry taste and a spicy finish. The Pinot Noir had was peppery and dry with a beautiful brick color. The grapes for the Old Vine Red Zinfandel came from 48 year old vines in Lodi, California and was the chewiest of the wines from Satek.  My favorite was the Kreibaum Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (2006) which was aged 24 months in oak and taste of tobacco and coffee. In addition the all of these wines the vineyard also produces:

  • 2007 Kriebaum Bay Dry Riesling
  • 2006 Syrah
  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2006 Kreibaum Bay Sangiovese
  • 2006 Riesling
  • 2006 Perfect Ending
  • Mango Mania
  • Blackberry
  • Raspberry
  • Kriebaum Bay Krystal Steuben Wine (Ice Wine)
  • Kriebam Bay Vidal Blanc Ice Wine

Satek Winery
6208 North Van Guilder Road
Freemont, Indiana 46737
260-495-WINE

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