Welcome to James River Cellars Winery

A blend of urban convenience and quaint rural appeal, James River Cellars is a perfect location to stop by and enjoy a picnic on our beautifully landscaped patio or capture the view from our terrace. Conveniently accessible to major highways, it is the perfect stop on your way to or from the city. Enjoy an experience that is a refreshing change from the ordinary.


Pioneers of Virginia Wine

We are a bit spicy here at JRC. It’s in our DNA. While on the hunt for the perfect Virginia Gewürztraminer (Gewürz means spicy), Ray Lazarchic decided that it may be easier to just make his own! He planted the vineyard on 20 acres of his farm in Montpelier, Virginia. The winery first opened to the public in 2001 and is now owned and operated by Ray's daughter, Mitzi, and her husband, James. Learn more about how Gewürztraminer has become our most acclaimed and well-known wines despite us being one of the only Virginia wineries to plant this storied varietal.


Our Events

We host fun-filled activities throughout the year! Kick off the weekend with a live band at our "Fridays at the Pavilion" concert series. Explore various food and wine pairings. Check our calendar for yoga classes and creating your own fairy garden or making a chunky blanket. We invite you to take part in all our family and pet-friendly offerings!

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11 AM - 7 PM

11 AM - 6 PM

The Tasting Room at James River Cellars is open 7 days a week!

Join us for a casual wine flight or guided tasting and relax for an afternoon on our expansive patios and covered pavilion.

Guided Wine Tastings

Enjoy a guided tasting of eight curated wines by our tasting room team. Tastings are offered at the bar on a first come first serve basis. If you have a large group, call or email us in advance to make sure we can accommodate you! Fee: $16 and includes a souvenir wine glass.

Wine Tasting Flights

Flights are available daily. You can choose from our themed-flights or create your own from our wine list. Flights are self-guided tastings that you take to your table. Fee: $16 for a flight of four wines. Wine glasses are sold separately.