Upper Shirley Vineyards opened in 2015 in a prime location, right next to Shirley Plantation, a National Historic Landmark dating to 1613 and the country’s oldest working farm. The area around Richmond has always needed a few more wineries (to go along with the brewery boom), and Upper Shirley’s southeast location, along the James River in Charles City, fills a gap in that upper Hampton Roads area.

The Low Country-style tasting room caused a buzz immediately upon opening, with a covered front porch that goes on for miles, 14,000 square feet inside circling a fireplace, and 2nd--story windows bringing in the light throughout.

The vineyard was established in 2013 on 16 acres with plenty of room to grow, and features European vitis vinifera grapes such as Merlot, Petit Verdot, Viognier, and Tannat.

There’s an on-site dining space with a full seasonal menu of lunch items, including starters, salads, and small plates. Dinner is also available periodically.

 No pets or outside food. Buses of any kind require a reservation. 


  • Newcomer
  • No pets
  • Open Daily (or almost)
  • Groups Welcome (check website)