Exciting news from the Trail: The Dog and Oyster Vineyard is moving!

This past spring, owners Dudley and Peggy Patteson planted a micro-vineyard of Petit Manseng at their boutique hotel Hope and Glory Inn.

In early November (exact date to be determined) The Dog and Oyster will reopen on the grounds of Hope & Glory Inn as a Micro-Vineyard and Oyster Bar with Dog and Oyster wines by the flight, glass and bottle, and oysters!

In order to better manage the transformation and move, The Dog and Oyster at 170 White Fences Drive has closed.


Our wine is offered by the flight, the glass, and by the bottle. Tastings have been replaced with flights of our four wines served in charming 2-ounce stemmed glassware. $8.00 per flight.

On Saturdays and Sundays we live up to our name as our Chef Stuart Tyson offers Rappahannock oysters – raw, roasted, and fried along with daily specials of soft shell crabs (seasonal) or crab cakes. Charcuterie will be served on Monday-Friday.

Prepare your taste buds for an exquisite experience! At The Dog and Oyster Vineyard there are four varieties of grapes: Chardonel and Vidal Blanc are used for our white wines, while Chambourcin and Merlot are our reds and roses. Just a short jaunt or bike-ride away from the inn, our 40-foot tall corkscrew doorway beckons guests and their dogs to come for an afternoon or overnight stay filled with delightful and delicious scenes and tastes. (There’s a story about our corkscrews — be sure to ask when you visit!)

Stay Overnight at Our Inn!


  • 170 White Fences Drive, Irvington, 22480

Note: The vineyard is only 3/10ths of a mile up the road from the Hope and Glory Inn. You may walk, ride a bike, or travel by car.

Virginia is For Wine Lovers

Contact Information:

  • The Dog and Oyster Vineyard: 804-438-WINE
  • The Hope and Glory Inn: 804-438-6053
  • Cell phone: 804-761-7879

Vineyard Events and Private Parties

50 Years of “Virginia Is for Lovers”

Nothing is more powerful than love. Huey Lewis sang about it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and it is God’s supreme virtue over faith and hope. Cole Porter wrote penetrating lyrics about one form it takes: “true love – love forever true.”

“Virginia is for Lovers” has been our state slogan for 50 years, and we consider it sheer genius back then and today. We, at the Hope and Glory Inn and The Dog and Oyster Vineyard, believe it so strongly that we want everyone to feel the power of love. We want you to celebrate and feel it by showing it in our two kissing booths. We have two because the second is for our canine friends who show us every day what is selfless and unconditional love.

Come celebrate Virginia with us, and may the whole world show love to one another. In Virginia, it’s our slogan.

Additional Events:

You can also stop by our vineyard or see us at these annual events:

Private Parties

Did you know that we also host weddings and private parties at The Dog and Oyster Vineyard? Contact us for more information and plan your celebration today!

The Story Behind the Name

What sounds like a storybook is actually our quirky vineyard, which is named after our rescue dogs that save our grapes from hungry wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay region’s greatest-known asset, the oyster. The vineyard attracts guests from near and far that are looking for wineries to explore in Virginia. Whether you are looking to visit for the day or plan a weekend getaway to our inn, The Dog and Oyster Vineyard offers a unique experience for all visitors.

Learn more about the dogs of The Dog and Oyster Vineyard!

History of the Vineyard

In 2011, the owners of the Hope and Glory Inn and their son, Mark Hollingsworth, had an opportunity to acquire an existing vineyard where Mark had been the manager. The decision was made to rebrand the business.

The area is very much like Bordeaux with sandy soil and the nearby Chesapeake Bay estuary. The vineyard consists of more than six acres of Vinifera and French-American hybrid vines. There are four varieties of grapes: Chardonel and Vidal Blanc make our white wines while Chambourcin and Merlot are our reds.

Plan Your Visit Today!

The bed inside Cottage 3 at the Hope and Glory Inn

Words can’t possibly do justice to the experience that you’ll enjoy at The Dog and Oyster Vineyard. So, we invite you to stop by and find out first-hand what makes it such a special place! It’s truly a treat for all of your senses with exquisite flavors and marvelous scenery. 

You’re also welcome to make it a full weekend of wine-sipping and relaxation with a getaway to the Hope and Glory Inn! Here, you’ll find luxurious accommodations as well as a top-rated restaurant, charming bar, and salt-water pool. We’ll even take guests out for scenic cruises along Carters Creek when the weather is nice!

So, what are you waiting for? Book your stay and enjoy all of the unparalleled experiences we offer at our inn and vineyard!