The Dog & Oyster Micro-Vineyard
Closed for the season until March
Our Award Winning Vineyard
The Dog and Oyster Micro-Vineyard and Oyster Bar will be open on Saturday & Sunday from noon to 6pm until it’s seasonal close on December 18th with a simplified cuisine menu crafted by the Hope & Glory’s Chef Meseret. We showcase local oyster varieties from multiple farmers from several of Virginia’s oyster regions. Oysters are offered raw and roasted with a variety of garnishments. For those seeking non-oyster pairings, our Chef has prepared a charcuterie picnic box for two. For those who prefer something other than wine, we do offer select beer or treat yourself to our house-made Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters. Wine lovers can choose from four of our Dog and Oyster wines. Our wines were made by two of the best winemakers in Virginia as acknowledged by The Governor’s Cup and Savor Magazine.
Discover The Dog and Oyster Micro-Vineyard and its Oyster Bar
For ten years Dudley and Peggy Patteson, owners of the Hope and Glory, also owned the nearby and acclaimed The Dog and Oyster Vineyard which had been selected by Virginia Tourism as one of their “Ten Best of the Best”. At the end of last year, they saw an opportunity to reposition the vineyard as a micro-vineyard in front of the Hope and Glory Inn. It would be an upscale and elegant setting to savor their wine with oysters especially from local oyster farmers.
Toward that goal, the owners planted a micro-vineyard of Petit Manseng at their boutique hotel Hope and Glory Inn. A large paver patio and a clear span tent was added to protect their wine and oyster guests as they dined al fresca.
Shakespeare said “the world is your oyster”; but, oysters are our world.
We are a “creative wine and oyster bar” that offers choices of oysters and seasonings all of which have been crafted by the Hope and Glory’s widely acclaimed Chef Meseret.
We are front and center in Irvington, an oyster-centric town located in a coastal Virginia region (River Realm) where 80% of Virginia’s oysters are grown locally 31 local commercial oyster farms.
We are providing the ultimate food and wine pairing – a magical culinary confluence that creates a “sense of place” where we pair two of life’s most sought-after delicacies on this earth and in the water. Both offer a taste which is “top of the class” and uniquely reflects where they are grown. For our wine it is know as terroir; for our oysters it’s merroir.
Dog & Oyster Wines
Our wine is offered by the flight, the glass, by the bottle, and by the case. Tastings have been replaced with flights of our four wines served in charming 2-ounce stemmed glassware. $10.00 per flight.
Prepare your taste buds for an exquisite experience! At The Dog and Oyster Micro-Vineyard two of our four wines are 100% estate grown wine using two varieties of grapes: Chardonel and Vidal Blanc are used for the two white wines we offer.
Oyster White – 75% Chardonel 25% Vidal Blanc – $33
Notes of apricot and melon on the nose, hint of green apple. Soft entrance with a good density, acidity grips the tongue and lingers. Longer aging time has helped to develop the mid palate. good structure and length.
Pearl – 100% Vidal Blanc – $33
This medium gold wine features fresh and complex aromas of citrus and lavender with subtle hints of jasmine. With crisp acidity, layers grapefruit and thyme are evident on the palate, along with notes of linden. The finish is bright and clean, boasting bright grapefruit and toasted almond.
2015 Shelter Dog Red – a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot – $39
Smooth and medium bodied, with very dark and intense purple color. Its finish is with cocoa and white chocolate with some hints of spice and dark red fruit.
65 Tavern Road, Irvington, 22480
(corner of King Carter Drive and Tavern Road)
Entrance Gate: King Carter Drive
The Dog and Oyster Vineyard: 804-438-WINE
The Hope and Glory Inn: 804-438-6053
The Story Behind the Name
What sounds like a storybook is actually the quirky name of our previous vineyard and now our micro-vineyard. The name was coined to honor our rescue dogs who lived in our vineyard to protect our grapes from hungry wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay region’s greatest-known asset, the oyster.
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 culinary flavors and a setting with a vinyard.
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!