A Hundred Thousand Welcomes
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Welcome to Shamrock
Owners Mike and Denise Riley welcome you to Shamrock Hills Vineyard & Winery, where you're in luck!
This is only the beginning...
Our story is just starting here at the Shamrock Ranch and Shamrock Hills Vineyard and Winery! With a dream accelerated by friendship, Mike and Denise Riley’s love for wine and its production has led them to begin their own cultivation efforts on the Shamrock property.
Anam Cara: Teachers, Guides, and Friends
Shamrock Hills Vineyard and Winery are proud to take over the wine production of Four Horses and a Dog's vineyards, while learning the process of beginning a vineyard of their own at Shamrock Hills.
Four Horses And A Dog Find A New Home At Shamrock Hills Winery
The owners of Four Horses and a Dog Winery, Michael and Cheryl Jennings and Stephen and Jeanine Stubbs have built a thriving business over the past decade. Now they’re ready to pass on their success to their friends, Mike and Denise Riley, owners of Shamrock Hills Vineyards & Winery and Shamrock Ranch Event Venue.
The Jennings and Stubbs, who started their business around 2011, said they’d been considering a change of plans for a little over a year when they met the Rileys at one of their trolley wine tastings. Denise said, “The other people on the tour were ready to drink wine, but Mike was asking all these questions.” Stephen laughed, “He was secret shopping.”
The Rileys said they had a plan in mind to grow grapes and eventually start a winery but it has now been accelerated by purchasing the Four Horses and a Dog vineyards. Their original plan was to start on their property but after talking to Stephen, their ideas began to change. “Selling grapes, you’ll get a little money, sure. But you get more satisfaction in turning those grapes into wine and meeting nice people,” said Stephen.
“Everything about this plan is a win, win, win!” said Cheryl. The Rileys will cultivate and harvest the grapes from Four Horses and a Dog’s vineyard while producing their own wines with the Four Horses and a Dog vineyard grapes. This will be produced and labeled under the Shamrock Hills name.
The Rileys will bring over the entire staff of the tasting room at Four Horses to their new tasting room at Shamrock Hills. “And as you know, we have the best staff, which means that they’ll have the best staff,” said Stephen.
If the facilities at Shamrock Ranch Event Venue are any indication, Shamrock Hills Vineyard & Winery will undoubtedly wow its visitors. Mike and Denise have spared no expense in making their property a special destination.
Michael said they were also motivated to help the Rileys start quickly so that they could ensure that there would be multiple wineries in the area. “It’s important to have at least three wineries to make it a destination for wine drinkers and continue to help make it a draw for the city,” he said.
The Stubbs and Jennings will still be involved in helping to maintain the vineyards and produce wines, all the while teaching Mike and Denise all they know.
Both the Jennings and Stubbs said they’re looking forward to a little more free time to travel, and the Stubbs, who live on the Four Horses and a Dog property said they’re looking forward to reclaiming a little bit of privacy on the weekends.
The plan is for the tasting room at Four Horses and a Dog (15010 Salem Rd, Excelsior Springs) to stay open through March 2023, and on April 1, 2023, everything will shift to the tasting room at Shamrock Hills Winery (12300 Shoemaker Rd, Excelsior Springs), 12 years to the day from when Four Horses and a Dog first opened their doors.
Shamrock Hills Vineyard and Winery Grand Opening
The following article was originally published in the Excelsior Springs Standard on April 14, 2023 by Standard News Staff
Shamrock Hills Vineyard and Winery celebrated their grand opening the weekend of April 1st.
Mike and Denise Riley have always enjoyed frequenting wineries and wine tastings. Last May, Mike and Denise went to Four Horses and a Dog Winery, where they met the owners, Mike and Cheryl Jennings and Stephen and Jaenine Stubbs. Denise stated, “We kept asking them questions about growing grapes and became very interested.” Jennings and Stubbs approached Riley about buying the Vineyard and that’s how Shamrock Hills came to be. Riley was overwhelmed on opening day from the support of the community saying, “the grand opening was amazing.
There was a big crowd on Saturday filled with Excelsior residents.” Shamrock Hills is now a partner with Harvest Host. Harvest host is an RV membership program that allows self-contained travelers to overnight at unique locations around the county including farms, wineries, museums, breweries and more, according to Harvesthost.com. Shamrock Hills will continue to manage Four Horses and a Dog’s vineyard and their wine. Denise advised, “our grapes will go in the ground the Monday after Mother’s Day. It takes five years to grow and we welcome the community to watch the grapes grow with us.”
On the property is a pond where customers can participate in catch and release fishing. The Riley’s urged, “we want to share the beautiful property with the community.”
Vineyard & Winery
12300 Shoemaker Rd.
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
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