From our farm vineyard to your home.

Elk Island Winery is named for the 1300 acre island in the James River, originally part of Thomas Jefferson’s Elk Hill farm, adjacent to our farm. Our passion for rural life, agriculture and our love of wine resulted in the planting of our five acre vineyard and Elk Island Winery, which opened in 2012. Our farm, Lower Byrd Farm, is situated at the confluence of Byrd Creek and the James River and grows row crop grains. Our vineyard is planted in Norton, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Albarino  and small plantings of other varietals.

A visit to our winery reflects the fact that agriculture is a way of life and wine is about emotion, dreams and capturing those feelings inside a glass. Our winery specializes in Norton and vinifera varietals, while offering a broad range of wines to suit all tastes. We are committed to making great wine at affordable prices, and represent the best that Virginia wine has to offer. All of our grapes are from Virginia and 90% of them are grown in Goochland.

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Paul, Sue Anne, Daniel & Crista Klinefelter

Our focus is on our wine!

Our five acre vineyard is planted in Norton, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Petiti Verdot, Albariño  and small plantings of  Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Gruner Vetliner.   We also lease a nearby vineyard, Rassawek, which grows Tannat, Norton and Chardonnay. The balance of our grapes  come from other Goochland Vineyards.

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The Terroirier Label

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Featuring our three terriers. Oscar the Cairn, Macaroni, the Westie and Angus the Yorkie. Just as the Terroir gives our wines special characteristics, our terriers enrich our lives. In their honor we offer Terroirier White and Terroirier Red. A portion of the sale from each bottle of Terroirier Red and Terroirier White will be donated to Maryland Westie Rescue, Potomac Cairn Terrier Rescue and Yorkie Rescue. Adopt a rescue dog and you will find yourself rescued by their love.

Case Buyer’s Club

Become a member of our Elk Island Case Buyer’s Club for the next 52 weeks.

  • Select the wines you want
  • First access to new releases & special offers
  • Members-Only tasting events
  • Limited supply and special discounts are offered
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OPEN every weekend Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 6pm

Elk Island - Tasting Room

Our tasting room  is open every weekend, Saturday and Sunday  Noon to 6 pm.   Enjoy the large deck and screened porch.  Snacks or available or please bring your own picnic.

We are open other times by appointment.

Flights Available

Our flights are $10. Choose any combination of 4 two ounce pours. Logo wine glass is available to purchase for $3/glass. Groups of 10 or more, please make arrangements in advance as space is limited and we strive to create an enjoyable, comfortable experience for all.

Halfway between Richmond & Charlottesville

Map - Elk Island Winery

We are on Route 6, also known as River Road West, 13 miles west of Goochland Courthouse and 10 miles east of the intersection of Route 15 and 6.

Elk Island Winery
5759 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063