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Address: 1499 Washington Avenue, Williamson, IL 62088
Phone Number: +1 618-637-2470
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Sun 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Description: Featuring an on-site producing winery, vineyards, lake, food services...
Featuring an on-site producing winery, vineyards, lake, food services, lodging and entertainment.
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Worth Seeking Out!

Stopped in and toured the winery, then sampled some wines. The winery has beautiful vineyards and an attractive lake with really cool cabins. I thought the wines were very good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
buzzcat5
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Stopped in and toured the winery, then sampled some wines. The winery has beautiful vineyards and an attractive lake with really cool cabins. I thought the wines were very good and the food was very tasty. Saturday night includes some nice live music. This place is a real gem and I can't wait to get back!

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Athens, Ohio
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The wine and atmosphere were great. I spent the night in one of their cute cabins on the lake, went to bed to the sound of peeper frogs and woke up to ducks swimming on their beautiful lake. Had a great walk around the property and was ready to continue my trip!

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West Central Illinois
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We live close to Shale Lake and love going to this little gem of a winery. The owners have always been present and make the visit very enjoyable with a warm greeting and make you feel very welcome. They have live music on many Saturday nights. You can check their page on FB or their website for entertainment schedule. Seating... More 

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Maryville, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We recently hosted a graduation party at Shale Lake and we were very pleased with the wine, food, and staff. Susan and David did everything possible to make our event a great success. The food was awesome and Susan's special touches made everything fantastic. They were so easy to work with in preparing for this occasion and the service was... More 

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Litchfield, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Kind of rugged looking place. You have to walk all the way around the place to get in to the tasting room, which is very small. I guess the sweet wines are okay, according to friends, but the dry reds are very yeasty. Probably rushing the process to sell more wine. Food is good, and the pizza is quite good.... More 

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Shale L, Owner at The Winery at Shale Lake, responded to this review

Donna, we are glad to hear your many visits here have been so pleasant. We are indeed a small winery with limited indoor space. As you know, the western/country atmosphere is intentional and part of the whole experience. It is unfortunate that you interpreted our open apology on FB for our delayed service last month as "w(h)ining" or "bashing". The... More 

Warsaw, Illinois, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Visited Springfield this weekend and was excited to see there was a winery to visit that TripAdvisor listed. The directions and GPS navigator took us to 1499 Washington Avenue in Springfield, but to our disappointment this is not correct. The winery is in Williamson IL, not Springfield which is an hour away. We didn't have time to make the extra... More 

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Moweaqua, IL
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 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... More 

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Staunton, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 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.... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 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... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 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... More 

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shalelake, Owner at The Winery at Shale Lake, responded to this review

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... More 

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