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, it attracts guests from near and far.
Just a short jaunt or bike ride away from the Inn, our 40-foot tall corkscrew doorway beckons guests to come for an afternoon or overnight stay filled with delightful and delicious scenes and tastes. Sample the wine, stay with us at the “Tents at Vineyard Grove" or enjoy the pool and kayak docks. The choice is yours.
In 2011, the owners of the Hope and Glory 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 and to take control of the winemaking which had previously been contracted outside.
The area is very much like Bordeaux with sandy soil and a nearby estuary (Chesapeake Bay). And it is just as lovely. With over 6 acres of Vinifera and French American Hybrid vines, we offer two whites, Vidal Blanc and Chardonel, and two reds, Merlot and Chambourcin.
In 2012, the vineyard created an extraordinary event called the Virginia Wine and Oyster Classic. We hosted Fifteen of Virginia’s Top Winemakers and Ten of its Top Chefs. We are in the planning of a 2nd Classic. In 2014, we were delighted to host a wine and oyster event for The Governor and First Lady of Virginia, Terry and Dorothy McAuliffe. Also in attendance were the heads of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Tourism. The vineyard is located at: 170 White Fences Drive, Irvington, VA 22480
The Dog and Oyster has had a short history in submitting its wine to competitions; yet, the medal count awarded by some of America’s most revered competitions is most commendable.
2012 Oyster White
2013 Oyster White
2012 Hope and Glory Inn – Chardonel Reserve
2012 Shelter Dog Red
2013 Shelter Dog Red