Discover The Dog and Oyster Vineyard
THE DOG AND OYSTER VINEYARD’S TEMPORARY HOURS
Due to the Governor’s COVID 19 order, we (all Virginia wineries) can offer bottle sales only and curbside till June 10. To better accommodate you, we will be open 7 days a week. If you discover we have stepped away, we are likely nearby so call us at 804.761.7879 and we should be there within minutes. Once we can, we will reopen SIP and SLURP and our sister property the Hope and Glory Inn which was closed by the same order.
We are grateful for your business, especially during this most difficult time.
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
- SIP: The Dog and Oyster’s tasting porch is open on Thursdays through Mondays in April and November, Saturdays and Sundays from December through February, and every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the regular season. In March, the tasting porch is open Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Note: SIP, our tasting room, will be open during our slow season on Saturdays and Sundays from December through March. Come “sit and sip“ around our wood stove previously used to warm our local watermen aboard a Chesapeake Bay deadrise. We have several fire pits that will be ablaze for outdoor sipping — weather permitting.
- SLURP: The Dog and Oyster Vineyard’s oyster stand will be open Saturdays only January – March.
Note: “Warm up to Winter” by stopping by SLURP at The Dog and Oyster. Firepits ring SIP, our winterized tasting porch, complete with tower heaters and a wood-burning stove taken off a deadrise, a local oyster boat. Winter is prime oyster season and our Chef Stuart Tyson’s oysters have been called the best anywhere.
Valentine’s Day Special:
All of our wines 14% off on the 14th. Best value on our best wine – Rosie.
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, spa, 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!