Discover The Dog and Oyster Vineyard
Our vineyard, The Dog and Oyster, is open for lite fare Monday – Friday – featuring charcuterie, and other pairings. 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 or sugar toads.
Our wine is offered by the glass and by the bottle. Tastings have been replaced with flights of our six wines served in charming 2-ounce stemmed glassware.
Prepare your taste buds for an exquisite experience! The Dog and Oyster Vineyard in Irvington, Virginia, consists of more than six acres of Vinifera and French American Hybrid vines. There are four varieties of grapes: Chardonel and Vidal Blanc are used for our white wines, while Chambourcin and Merlot are our reds. 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!)
The Dog and Oyster Vineyard: A Superior Virginia Winery Near 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.
- The Dog and Oyster Vineyard: 804-438-WINE
- The Hope and Glory Inn: 804-438-6053
- Cell phone: 804-761-7879
Winter Schedule - Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays
Due to COVID-19, we will be open three days a week this winter. Unlike previous years, we will not be enclosing our tasting porch, so it will be open to the elements, and our opening will be weather dependent and a day-to-day decision. To learn whether we will be open or closed for the day, please check our Facebook page for an update which will be posted 24 hours in advance, or of course, you are more than welcome to give us a call at 804-761-7879 to inquire.
Our outside winter venue will feature seating around firepits on our gravel patio and space heaters on our tasting porch. Guest comfort is our barometer to open, so our openings are weather dependent, temperature-dependent, and wind sensitive. With that said, our criteria for an opening for the day are as follows:
- The forecasted temperature high is 50 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer.
- AND the wind forecast is 10 mph or less.
- If there is rain, we will utilize our tasting porch, but our limit will be 12 wine guests at any given time.
Owner-Hosted Private Tastings at the Hope and Glory Inn can be arranged any day of the week by calling the owner at 804-761-7879. The cost is $25 per person and a minimum of $100 per tasting – a maximum of 6 people due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you have a larger group, back-to-back tastings can be arranged as an option to accommodate as well.
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.
You can also stop by our vineyard or see us at these annual events:
- Wine & Cherries Weekend
- Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail Fall Oyster Crawl
- Taste by the Bay at the Tides Inn
- Holiday Open Houses on the Wine Trail
- Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail Spring Oyster Crawl
- “Raise the Roof” Craft Beer Fest at the Historic Christ Church & Museum
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.
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!
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!