THE DOG AND OYSTER VINEYARD
The Dog and Oyster Vineyard is the vineyard of The Hope and Glory Inn. This boutique hotel has been “Top 10 in America” — Five times. A boutique hotel whose amenities also include fine dining, a bar, a spa, a pool, and a boat for cruises.
Just a short stroll or bike ride away from our boutique Irvington inn, you can find Hope and Glory’s newly acquired Virginia vineyard, The Dog and Oyster. The Hope and Glory’s plan is simply to take its formula for delighting guests; and, apply it to the vineyard. One enters the vineyard by passing between two 40 foot cork screws. We have to believe they are the worlds largest corkscrews and certainly the most expensive. Here, we have four, 3 bedroom cottage accommodations among the “Tents at Vineyard Grove.” Our guests may use the pool and kayak docks that are there as well.
The vineyard consists of more than 6 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.
In addition to our amusing corkscrews, the name of our vineyard should also make you smile. The quirky name was created to honor the rescue dogs that reside in the vineyard and keep the grapes safe from deer and other animals, and of course, to honor the oyster, one of the Chesapeake Bay region’s greatest assets. It is also the only vineyard in America that offers wine cruises (reservation required).
You may also wonder why here in Irvington? Just because Mr. Jefferson said grapes should be grown in our western foothills. Few know that our area is very much like Bordeaux! Sandy soil with rocks, a nearby estuary (Chesapeake Bay) and a water table which requires an underground tilling system for drainage are just a few of the similarities. Add to that one of Virginia’s largest vineyards is just 29 miles away would you believe, across the Bay on Virginia’s eastern shore. No surprise to us, these Chesapeake Bay grapes are sold to the wineries west of us. Visit our beautiful Virginia vineyard.
Our wines were crafted to be paired with oysters – the only vineyard in America doing so. This medal winning vineyard has garnered three Silver and three Bronze, 2013 and 2014 San Francisco International, America’s #1 Competition; and, four silver and four Bronze, 2014 and 2015 Virginia Governor’s Cup. High marks also come from The Washington Post and the Richmond Times Dispatch wine critics.