This past Sunday, my mom and I took an impromptu mini day trip to Upper Shirley Vineyards. Owners Tayloe and Suzy Dameron have a unique passion for good wine and sustainable working lands, and thus, they were inspired to open up a state-of-the-art winery, right next to the historic plantation, Shirley Plantation, which dates back to 1613!
Located in Charles City County, just 25-30 minutes away from Richmond, which makes for a super easy, scenic drive. Parallel to the Capital Trail, we enjoyed seeing the bikers along the way.
We arrived in the nick of time, as the Sunday lunch/brunchers were filing in. While waiting for a table, we tasted 7 out of the 10 wines they offer in the tasting room.
Our favorites were the 2014 Voignier and the 2013 Zachariah; a rich red that spent 18 months in the barrel. We took home a bottle each of the Voignier, a classic white to sip on these hot summer days in Virginia.
We still had some time to kill before our table was ready, so I enjoyed a glass of the Sauvignon Blanc with this view and my best friend by my side 🙂
When we were finally seated, the servers were very efficient. Everything on the menu looked amazing, but I wanted something easy and cooool, so I chose the Crab Stack appetizer, which included lump crab meat, avocado, tomato, arugula, and mango! Mom ordered the Grilled Cheese with a fig jam and sliced tomatoes; LOVED that combination. We also split a plate of deviled eggs. And of course, rose on the side for me 😉
A bit of a messy food spread pictured here, but everything was delicious! I left out the chocolate chip cookies we got for dessert, but those definitely topped us off.
We left with full bellies and gratitude, thankful that our rich Virginia history is so accessible, with this particular historic destination located just down the road.
A sunny, pleasant Sunday for sure. I definitely recommend Upper Shirley Vineyards for anyone who wants to take a quick day trip away from kiddos, or I imagine if you wanted to really drag out your “Sunday Funday”, you could stay here for hours, wandering the property, and soaking up the history, with a glass of vino in hand.
I’m already planning to go back this Fall, so maybe I’ll see ya there?!