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A Dazzling Riverside Estate

Twenty minutes from Richmond

Come experience the magic of Upper Shirley Vineyards, a one-of-a-kind estate, winery, restaurant and wedding venue perched above the James River. Here in Tidewater Virginia the hours unspool at a more gracious pace. Senses awaken, and stress melts away, leaving you space for more meaningful connections with friends and family.

 

Though only 20 minutes from downtown Richmond, Upper Shirley Vineyards is ensconced in a rural wonderland. The estate boasts history and scenic beauty on an epic scale and an embarrassment of culinary riches—bottomland produce, fresh-caught seafood—and world-class wines made from our own estate-grown grapes. 

 
Each bend in Route 5 takes you deeper into American history.
— National Geographic
 

Announcements

New This Spring: Weekend Al Fresco Dining

Every weekend this spring (weather permitting), we'll be offering food and wine on the lawn for al fresco dining! Flippin' good grilling under the tent (traditional menu still available inside), live tunes on the terrace, outdoor bar on the patio, gorgeous springtime weather, and views for days. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and let's enjoy the great outdoors!

2014 Zachariah wins GOLD in Governor's Cup!

Out of 494 entries, only 23 gold metals were awarded this year. And our Zachariah was one of them! Full article here.

USV on the Richmond Bride Cover

So proud to have been featured on the cover of this month's Richmond Bride issue! This bi-annual magazine shows some of the top wedding and events venues in the area.

Holiday Parties

Interested in planning a holiday party or special event? Send an email over to our events planner, Miranda Bricker at miranda.bricker@uppershirley.com for more details! 

Now Pouring 2015 Viognier

Our first estate release, Upper Shirley's 2015 Viognier, is being poured in the tasting room! Beautifully aromatic with a creamy mouthfeel, this is the perfect wine to ring in the Fall season with. Visit to indulge in a glass today!

"Vines & Wines" nod to Upper Shirley Vineyards

Our most recent feature in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, courtesy of Jack Berninger of Vines & Wines, details keys to success in the creation of good wines and memorable tasting experiences for our guests. Learn more about our wines, heritage and winemaking process at Richmond.com. Cheers!

 Thursday winery dinner

Every Thursday evening Chef Carlisle will showcase fresh, seasonal ingredients in a prix fixe dinner menu. Click here for this week’s menu. We require reservations of all parties; call (804) 829-9463.

 

 

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They say wine is made in the vineyard.

Ours begin as grapes grown both in the piedmont and here on the estate. The fruit at Upper Shirley Vineyards is bathed by river breezes and nourished in the Tidewater region’s deep Pamunkey soil, the oldest tilled earth in the United States. We tend our vines by hand, using age-old methods. It’s demanding work but worth the effort. One taste, and you’ll understand why.

 
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I can’t think of anything that has conjured the feeling of tasting my way through the hills and valleys of California’s wine country more than an afternoon wine tasting at Shirley.
— richmond times-dispatch
The aesthetic is clean, streamlined and contemporary.
— style weekly
The service, food and wine are exceptional. On top of of all that, the beauty of the venue will take your breath away.
— The Virginia Grape
 
The South’s most seductive burger and view combo
— Garden & Gun
People are really going to treasure this place.
— richmond times-dispatch
 
Easily the region’s most spectacular wine venue…a showpiece that will draw visitors from all over the Commonwealth.
— The Virginia Grape
 
 
 
 

Tasting Room & Restaurant

At Upper Shirley Vineyards, we aim to embrace our Southern heritage and weave it into the finest creations. We believe that fresh, lovingly prepared food paired with locally produced wines represents the ultimate culinary experience, in our case a celebration of the sublime abundance of Virginia’s Tidewater region. 

 

 
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