Upper Shirley Vineyards
Placed peacefully on the banks of the James River, Upper Shirley Vineyards is a one-of-a-kind estate winery that hosts curated affairs year round. An unparalleled addition to Southern charm, the wealth of event space effortlessly transforms the venue to complement the style and vision of each and every couple.
Upper Shirley is home to Executive Chef Carlisle Bannister, who leads our in-house culinary team. Carlisle has been creating menus and artisan dishes for premier events for 20 years, and our catering acts as a culmination of his knowledge and expertise in the culinary industry.
Our couples receive exclusive use of the entire vineyard grounds and facilities to hold an evening ceremony and reception, complete with on-site bridal suite, groom's den, and tabletop essentials. At Upper Shirley Vineyards, your custom event design is brought to life on a land that is rich with history, creating signature memories for your guests that they will carry close to their hearts for years to come.
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My husband and I got married at Upper Shirley Vineyards on 11/3/2018 and to say it was a dream is an understatement. From the first time we went to this vineyard (only a few weeks after they opened) we knew we wanted to get married here one day. In fact, we booked so far in advance that we were there second contract ever signed. From the very beginning USV was nothing short of magnificent to work with. This place really does it all - food, drink, rentals, ceremony site, multiple rain plans offered, and unlimited options to customize the day to make it yours. The bridal suite was beautiful and the perfect space for me and my 8 bridesmaids (+moms) to spend the morning and the grooms den was a fun space with games, tv, and couches for my husband's groomsmen. Catherine (their director of events) is a dream! She cares so, so much about her couples and about working with you to make your vision come to life. I can honestly say not a single stressor came out of this place and they only relieved any stress we ever felt. We cannot recommend Upper Shirley any higher. Get married here, have dinner here, drink wine here, lay on the lawn here. We're already dreaming of how we could possibly have a 10-year anniversary party here one day!
Beautiful VA Winery Wedding Venue
After my husband proposed before Thanksgiving 2016, we had a long car ride to my family in NJ to decide where we wanted to tie the knot. We tossed around ideas of touring various churches & venues in NJ, PA, GA, SC, & VA. Blame it on being architects, what it all came down to was selecting a place that embodied a modern aesthetic with southern charm. When we decided to stay in VA, Upper Shirley Vineyards stole our hearts as soon as we drove down their cotton lined dusty roads. We went for a tour and absolutely loved the venue - but what sold it for us was the wine tasting. Not only is the wine some of the best we've tasted in VA, but Tayloe was extremely hospitable during it as he described his part in designing the vineyard and his passion for making Upper Shirley Vineyards one of the best on the east coast. The vineyard is situated on the James River with long yet wide decks perfect for sipping your favorite glass of wine & relaxing. The building is reminiscent of a modern SC farmhouse (with deck ceilings that are painted blue), mixed with a dash of colonial Virginia making it the perfect winery venue. Our guests still give us compliments from our April 21st, 2018 wedding and said USV was one of the most beautiful venues they've ever been to. The excellent wine, delicious food options, breathtaking views, and ease of working with the staff truly made having USV as our venue the highlight of our wedding!
McClellan/Knapp Wedding ceremony and reception
Upper Shirley Vineyard was a beautiful place to host our daughter’s wedding. The bridal suite and the grooms den were the perfect places for the wedding party to get ready and relax before the ceremony started. Their wedding ceremony was held outside on the patio, underneath a tent. The cocktail party was on the back patio and in the tasting room. The 200 quests easily moved from the cocktail hour into the beautifully decorated banquet room. There were many great places on the grounds to take wedding photos.....our daughter and her husbands favorite spot was out back by the James River.
Best of all was the delicious appetizers during the cocktail hour and the food stations during the reception, and of course the wine.
The staff at USV was very helpful and professional, Catherine was very instrumental in helping to create the perfect wedding experience that our daughter and her husband had envisioned. USV is a beautiful venue, and I highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for the perfect wedding venue.
Cannot say enough about the team at Upper Shirley--Catherine, Ariana, Tayloe, Carlisle, the whole crew! We had an absolutely perfect day on 10/21. We had full attention from the team throughout the planning journey to the wedding day. They were making sure my husband and I had everything we needed--and the owner even made sure we had full plates ready for us so we could enjoy the delicious food. The attention to detail and assistance from the entire team made it a seamless day. From getting ready in the bridal suite to taking photos in the vineyards to the beautiful set up and sunset to the delicious food---it was the best night of our lives! We are so grateful to USV for helping make our wedding dreams come true.
Our guests could not stop talking about the venue, the flow, the views and the food. I'm so glad Upper Shirley was the place to kick off our marriage. We cannot wait to return year after year and relive our magical night.
I can't imagine a more perfect setting and beautiful wedding day than what we experienced recently at Upper Shirley Vineyards for our daughter's wedding. From the very beginning we decided on USV after looking at multiple other venue possibilities in VA and beyond. The response to our inquiry was most positive and the presentation impressive, including the price. We were thrilled with the end result. The ceremony held on the lawn overlooking the James River was majestic. The cocktail hour on the patio, and the reception in the ball room, on the porch and in the tent allowed 200 guests to enjoy fabulous food and dancing, quiet gatherings and beautiful views throughout the evening. Many comments were made to us about the quality of the food, the attentiveness of the staff, and the beautiful facility and environment. Kudos to the owner of USV and hats off and many thanks to the Chef, the event coordinator and to the entire USV team!
I highly recommend using Upper Shirley Vineyards for weddings and receptions. We hosted our daughters beautiful wedding at USV and it was absolutely top notch. The venue is stunning for outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour on the patios. So many beautiful sites for photographers to capture every moment. The interior bridal suite and grooms room worked out perfectly. The ball room set up was lovely. Everyone on the staff was professional and extremely helpful. Both the wine and food was exceptional. The entire event of 160 guests went off without any hitches. Everyone had a FANTASTIC time and commented on how lovely it all was. Nothing that we looked at came close to what Upper Shirley Vineyards provided.
Upper Shirley and its staff did a wonderful job hosting our daughter's wedding. I don't know how many of my friends commented on the food; it was truly amazing! From beginning to end, everything was perfect. I would highly recommend this venue for anyone planning their wedding!
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The hours unspool at a more gracious pace at Upper Shirley Vineyards, painting the perfect backdrop for your carefully curated and incredibly memorable wedding. Placed peacefully along the banks of the James River, you will have the unique opportunity to exchange vows on our waterfront ceremony lawn while indulging in our estate-grown wine just moments later. Included in our wedding package are the following amenities:
Exclusive Venue Use
of all event spaces, including: the banquet room, tasting room, ceremony lawn, stone patio, and covered veranda for the duration of your wedding; and private access to the bridal suite and groom’s den in preparation for your day.
Décor + Tabletop
for up to 250 guests, including: classic mahogany Chivari chairs, mahogany ceremony chairs, round dining tables, cocktail tables, farm tables crafted from the property’s reclaimed timber, white china, silver flatware and glassware. White floor length Majestic Dupioni linens will be provided for all guest tables.
led by seasoned Executive Chef Carlisle Bannister. Defined by a dedication to honoring our Southern heritage, each reception menu is hand-crafted and seasonally inspired. Receptions may include a seated or station dinner with a preluding cocktail hour reception and full bar package featuring Upper Shirley wine.
with the venue and catering manager who will be on-site for the duration of your event. Complimentary for the bride and groom, we will taste seasonal dishes together to select a reception menu that will perfectly match the vision for your wedding.
to provide exemplary service to all wedding guests. A personal attendant will be assigned exclusively to the bride and groom pre ceremony during your preparations, and Upper Shirley staff will be responsible for all set-up and break-down of tables, chairs and linens included in your wedding.
and coordination from the venue and catering manager to ensure seamless load-in of vendors and event set-up. Complimentary snacks and beverages are provided for vendors. Upper Shirley requires the use of a third-party wedding planner, whether full, partial, or day-of.