The Dog & Oyster Vineyard
VA IS FOR LOVERS – 50 Year Celebration at the Dog and Oyster Vineyard
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 for 50 years has said “Virginia is for Lovers” 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 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.
A Superior Virginia Winery at Our Bed & Breakfast
Hours and Location
170 White Fences Drive, Irvington, 22480
The vineyard is located within the Town of Irvington and just 3/10ths of a mile up the road (Rte. 200 / Irvington Rd) from the Hope and Glory Inn. One may walk, ride a bike or travel by car.
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 are used for our white wines while Chambourcin and Merlot are our reds.
There’s a story about our corkscrews—be sure to ask when you visit.
WEATHER: We are a weather-dependent vineyard setting because our best asset is to offer our wine and oysters outdoors (Mid-April – Mid-November).
Winter Vineyard Open WEEKENDS: Saturdays and Sundays during December – February 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
**WINTER HOURS and the WEATHER: During January and February we are open for wine tastings on Saturdays and Sundays. We are weather-dependent vineyard because our best asset is to offer our wine and oysters outdoors (Mid-April – Mid-November). During the colder months, we try to keep our wine guests warm by temporarily enclosing our screened porch; and, by adding electric and propane heaters, a wood stove and fire pits. Please call ahead for a weather report before you stop by. The weather may warrant our closing because we certainly want you comfortable and cozy as you savor our wine.
Open FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: March 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Open EVERY DAY: April – October 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Open THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY: November 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Holiday Closings: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years
Hope and Glory’s SIP and SLURP at The Dog and Oyster Vineyard hosts private parties and tastings with incredible culinary displays. Contact us to plan your private party today!
Why the name?
What sounds like a storybook, is actually our quirky vineyard. Named after our rescue dogs that saved 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 bed and breakfast, The Dog & Oyster Vineyard offers a unique experience for all visitors.
Just a short jaunt or bike ride away from the bed and breakfast, 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.
History of the Vineyard
In 2011, the owners of Hope and Glory Inn and their son, Mark Hollingsworth, had an opportunity to acquire an existing vineyard where Mark had been its vineyard 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.