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


Closed for Labor Day on September 5

Our tasting room and restaurant will be closed on Monday, September 5 to observe the Labor Day holiday. We hope you'll stop by earlier that weekend to celebrate with us!

"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!

Introducing Thursday winery dinner

Starting June 9 on Thursday evenings Chef Carlisle will showcase fresh, seasonal ingredients in a prix fixe dinner menu. Click here for this week’s menu.

The 2014 Sparkling Rosé is here!

If you loved our 2014 still Rosé (who didn't?), you'll love its sparkling sibling. Crisp, dry, with notes of fresh strawberry.

2013 Tannat by the glass

Our signature Tannat is now available by the glass. While not included in our tasting line up, ask your pourer if there is a bottle open and we'll hook you up!

New Patio Umbrellas

Summer is upon us and we have added half a dozen large market umbrellas to cool things down. 

2015 Rosé

Our 2015 Rosé has been released just in time to take the edge off the Virginia summer. Tart with notes of red cherry, this wine will hold up and pair well with even the heaviest of summer dishes.



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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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…easily the region’s most spectacular wine venue…a showpiece that will draw visitors from all over the Commonwealth.
— The Virginia Grape
The range of wine is impressive — from a soft, dry rosé blended from nebbiolo and sangiovese grapes to a richly perfumed viognier and a full-bodied Bordeaux blend, among others. Upper Shirley’s bottles are smooth and food-friendly.
— Style Weekly
The aesthetic is clean, streamlined and contemporary.
— style weekly
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 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
People are really going to treasure this place.
— richmond times-dispatch
…a killer burger…
— Style Weekly
The Zachariah...was one to write home about. An amazing nose was followed by layers of complexity, structured tannins and a finish that went on and on. It was my favorite in a lineup that contained nothing but great wines.
— The Virginia Grape
...what must be the South’s most seductive burger and view combo...
— Garden & Gun

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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