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The Winery at Shale Lake
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Owner description: Featuring an on-site producing winery, vineyards, lake, food services, lodging and entertainment.
Reviewed 9 April 2013

Our Company took nearly 40 people to Shale Lake today. What a beautiful, serene location with horse stables, soon to be cabins, great food and wines and a beautiful, well stocked lake. Owners David and Susan did a great private wine tasting for us. They interacted so well with each other as they shared their stories, history and the wine making process. Weekend entertainment and so much more. You won't be sorry you enjoyed a bottle with them and their lovely setting.

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Reviewed 2 January 2013

We have been to Shale Lake several times. The first time we went using a groupon. We were with a large group that time, and the groupon was applied to our purchase. No problems here. Since that first time, we have been there maybe once a month. This is close to our house, and a nice place to take guests. The wines keep improving. The facility has been upgraded over the last two years. There is outdoor seating, a screened in porch ( which is comfortable but cool in the winter), two inside rooms- which are up the stairs, several picnic areas around the lake. They are only open on weekends Part of the main building is also a horse barn, so sometimes there is a whiff of horse manure, but that's part of being out in the country. The music has been excellent, usually Butch Moore, a guitarist/singer.

1  Thank Pat D
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Reviewed 19 November 2011

We went to Shale Lake Winery on a Friday night in November.There was four of us.We arrived about seven thirty.There was only one other couple in the winery and no entertainment.We tasted the wines and to ourselves thought most were average at best.Both couples had a groupon, ten for twenty dollars.After the tasting both couples were planing to get a bottle of wine and something to eat.We were then told by the older lady behind the counter that only one groupon could be used for both couples .We told them that the groupons were about to expire and we had never been there and we drove thirty miles to use them.She told us no,thats the rules and she could not help us. We decided not to use the groupons at all and left. We then drove to the wineries in Grafton that were much better.

5  Thank lrwalker6986
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Reviewed 19 November 2011

We drove from St Louis on a Friday evening to the winery, our first trip. We bought a Groupon and our friends had a Groupon as well, I think one of the gimmicks of Groupon is trying new places. After sampling a few shots of wine we told them both couples had Groupons. The owner(?) tells us we could only use one Groupon unless there was a group of six or more. I guess we could have sat with the only two customers there to meet the quota. It was not, nor now, printed anywhere on the Groupon. We simply left, drove forty-five minutes to a winery in Grafton, spent $208.52, had a good time in Grafton. I had to rate everything a one because we never made past the main entrance. I could not tell you if the "surrey with fringe on top" was any fun.

5  Thank giveflabacktocuba
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shalelake, Owner at The Winery at Shale Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2011

Sorry that your visit was disappointing. As we explained to your girlfriend last weekend, Groupon will probably refund any of your unused groupons..just explain to them that you didn't see the limit one per customer, one per day, one per table clause when you and your two friends purchased the six Groupons. We are very pleased that you sought out another Winery. While the one you went to is not on our wine trail, it is one of our favorites and they need "love" too. We rarely see a ticket that high from a group of four people and well.. at our place even if you spent $50 of that on snacks that would be 10 bottles of wine. We would love to know that you made it home okay :)

Sincerely, The older lady and yes, I am one of the owners.

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Reviewed 27 September 2011

Shale Lake Winery is a great destination for anyone who loves wine, or just having a good time. I'm not a wine drinker myself, but go along with my husband and friends frequently. I'm taking their word when they said the wine was very good- it must have been, because we even brought some home. What I can comment on first hand though, is what a great time can be had by all. The owners are exceptionally friendly and helpful, and the food is wonderful- way more creative and varied than the norm- delicious appetizers, pizza, sandwiches, and great desserts! You can rent surreys and pedal down to the lake, where this is a very tiny playground and a few picnic tables. (The trip back up the small hill can be a bit of a challenge- get a running start!) There are horses for the kids to pet, and a couple of friendly dogs and cats who love everybody. (If you sit inside the screened in porch, the animals aren't an issue, and if you're outside, the owners are happy to lock them up if you don't want them nearby.) Occasionally live music is available. I wouldn't normally recommend a winery as a family destination, but Shale Lake certainly is! It has easy access off of Highway 55, about 35 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Definitely worth the trip!

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