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A Dazzling Riverside Estate

Thirty minutes from Richmond

Come experience the magic of Upper Shirley Vineyards, a one-of-a-kind estate, winery, restaurant and wedding venue perched above one of the most scenic bends on 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.

 

30 minutes from downtown Richmond, and 35 minutes from Williamsburg, located just off Route 5 and the Capital Bike Trail, 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

Zachariah Society Event - Friday, April 5

We are delighted to announce our next Zachariah Society Event on Friday, April 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

At this quarter’s event we will take a peek into the wines of Bordeaux and learn how they relate to a few of your favorite Zachariah Red blends.

Our special guest Clement Brown will use his 40 years of expertise and insight to guide us through a topic exciting to all Zachs. Clement was born in Paris, into a family with an interest in a Bordeaux Chateau; he later worked in the vineyards and interned for a Negotiant. He has been sharing his passion via Bordeaux wine tastings since his start in New York in the early 1980’s.

Carlisle and Ernie will roll out some nicely paired bites. We can’t wait to get our Zach on.

Please RSVP to zach.society@uppershirley.com Exclusive to Zachariah Society Members. For more information how to join, click here!

Easter Brunch - Sunday, April 21

Join us for Easter Sunday at Upper Shirley Vineyards! Come out with your friends and family to delight in Chef de Cuisine, Ernie LaBrecque’s special Easter brunch menu, featuring delicious Virginia Ham Biscuits, Lobster Benedict, Lamb Frites and much more! Sip on your favorite Upper Shirley wines while enjoying the spectacular river views.

Click here to view the menu. For reservations, please call 804-829-9463.

*Only brunch menu will be available on this date, no wine tastings, lunch, or small plates will be offered.

Mother’s Day Brunch - Sunday, May 12

Treat your mom to an unforgettable Mother’s Day brunch at Upper Shirley Vineyards! Spoil her with Chef de Cuisine, Ernie LaBrecque’s seasonal three-course menu, featuring Soft Shell Nicoise, Steak Frites, Lump Crab Cakes and much more. All will pair well with Upper Shirley’s array of estate grown red, white, and sparkling wines. 

Click here to view the menu. For reservations, please call 804-829-9463

*Only brunch menu will be available on this date, no wine tastings, lunch, or small plates will be offered.

 

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Hour-long ride that meanders through Upper Shirley's vineyard and surrounding trails as your guide walks you through the vineyard history, the process of grape-growing, and the roll Charles City and Upper Shirley had to play in America's past. Hosted by Two River Trails.

4 to 5-hour, 10 mile leisurely bike ride devoted to the amazing history and health of the Charles City County area and her beautiful James River that has rightly been called The River Where America Began. Rides begin and end at Upper Shirley. $125-$165 (lunch at Upper Shirley optional), wine tasting included.

 

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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Upper Shirley Vineyards specializes in award-winning wines... stunning views, dream weddings [and] cuisine that’s beautifully prepared and equal to the allure of the place in every way.
— Jo Lord, 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
The aesthetic is clean, streamlined and contemporary.
— style weekly
The cuisine was superb... The ambiance of the winery was lovely, everything seemed to sparkle.
— The Progress-Index
Upper Shirley Vineyards isn’t becoming a destination point. It has become a
destination. . . . The view is spectacular. Ditto the wine. Double ditto the food.
— Jack Berninger, Richmond Times-Dispatch
The South’s most seductive burger and view combo
— Garden & Gun
There is nothing prettier than a ride up Route 5... The Vineyard’s rows of grapevines are picturesquely set right on the James River.
— The Southern Coterie's Mini-guide to Williamsburg
The chardonnay and viognier are exceptional. Perhaps even better are the sparkling wines, rosé, and red tannat.
— Jim Raper, Distinction Magazine
 
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