James Arthur Vineyards


Established in 1996, James Arthur Vineyards is nestled amidst 400 acres of rolling hills and natural prairie grasslands minutes north of Lincoln, near Raymond, NE. The surrounding beauty creates a picturesque setting for our winery, which houses an immaculate tasting room, a gift shop, a stunning party room, and all the production facilities. Since opening its front doors, JAV has hosted thousands of visitors from all over the world. Everyone is encouraged to sample from a wide variety of wines, stroll the grounds or sit under the covered deck by the waterfall–or enjoy an intimate setting by a warm crackling fire in the tasting room during those cold winter days, all while sipping some of Nebraska’s finest. Our family’s 3rd generation has now become involved in the winery, making JAV a true family endeavor. Built on passion, dedication, and old-fashioned hard work, JAV has built a business Nebraskans can be proud of. After all, this is our home, love, and livelihood. From our family to yours!

“Crushing it for 20+ years!”

What started out as a hobby has turned into a popular Nebraska destination celebrating over 20 years of business. James Arthur Vineyards in Raymond, NE opened its doors on September 13th, 1997. Since then, the winery has hosted thousands of guests, including visitors from every state and numerous countries from around the world.

Owned by James Arthur and Neenie Jeffers and Jim and Barb Ballard, JAV is Nebraska’s largest winery and is located just north of Lincoln. Surrounded by nearly 20 acres of grapes, wine production is also supplemented by a number of Nebraska grape growers.

COVID-19 Update (July 20)

James Arthur Vineyards has reopened its tasting room and outdoor sitting areas with restrictions. Masks are required to enter the winery as mandated by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. We offer tastings on weekdays only. On Saturdays and Sundays, we will substitute a glass of wine in place of a tasting for GroupOns. No moving tables inside or outside the winery. Tables are placed 6 feet or farther apart to meet social distancing guidelines. No more than 8 people at a table. Hours are:


10 a.m.-6 p.m. (tastings allowed)


Noon-9 p.m. Friday; except for special events (tastings allowed)


Noon-9 p.m. (no tastings; bottle and glass purchases only)


Noon-6 p.m. Sunday (no tastings; wine and glass purchases only)

James Arthur Vineyards appreciates your support during these challenging times. We have enhanced our cleaning procedures and are closely following the guidelines as set out by the CDC and FDA. Be safe!

Tom Roth-Bill Chrastil

We present a special night of music featuring Tom Roth and Bill Chrastil performing on our outdoor stage from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. No admission fee. Tom  is one-half of the popular Tom & Wes duo. He’ll do a solo show singing the hits of Glen Campbell, Andy Williams, Bobby Vinton and more. Bill also will do a solo set featuring the hits of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty and more. It should be a night to remember! We’ll sell wine by the glass and bottle. No tastings. Our caterer, Dinner & Co., will have the grill going. We ask that you don’t move the tables and have no more than 8 at a table. A mask is required inside the winery.

Hayrack Rides

(Oct. 11, 18 & 25)

Join us for our annual hayrack rides through the vineyards on:

6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11

6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18

1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25

We’re changing it up a little bit this year in the wake of Covid-19. We’ll take small groups (6 to 8 people) on the hayrack rather than large ones. We’ll still have a steak fry, wine, storytelling and music from our good friend Chris Sayre. Tickets are $45/person.

Oct. 11 tickets are SOLD OUT!

Oct. 18 tickets are SOLD OUT!

Click HERE to purchase Oct. 25 tickets, beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 25.

Cider Dinner (Oct. 16)

Join us for a special outdoor dining experience featuring our Curveball Cider at:

6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16

We’ll team with our caterer, Dinner & Co., in serving a five-course meal, with each course paired with one of our Curveball Ciders. We’ll post the menu soon. We’re limiting seating to 30 socially distanced patrons. Tickets are $42.50 per person.

Click HERE for tickets.

Murder Mystery


Become Sherlock Holmes for an evening and attempt to solve a “who dunnit” during our night of fine dining, fun and murder at:

5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 17

Seating will be outside on our porch, stage and the concrete pad between the two to allow for 40 socially distanced patrons. We encourage groups of five more. Tickets are $52/person and includes a meal, JAV wine and entertainment.

Wine & Stargazing

(Oct. 23)

Join us for wine, appetizers and stargazing at the Branched Oak Conservatory at 14300 NW 48th St. at:

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23

Evening includes a tour of the observatory. Tickets are $33/person.

Click HERE for tickets.

Sparking Wine Dinner

(Oct. 24)

Join us and our caterer, Dinner & Co., for an elegant 5-course meal featuring our newly released sparkling wines Edelweiss, Catawba, Barbara Ellen Rose, Prairie Star and 2 Brothers at:

6 p.m. Saturday, October 24

We’ll pair each sparkling wine with a different course. We’re limiting seating to just 30 socially distanced guests in our party room for this special event. Tickets are $52.50/person.

Click HERE for tickets.

October Wine Special

We celebrate the return of Husker football with a special on our “Big Red.” Nebraska Red is a dry blend of St. Croix, St. Vincent and Frontenac grapes. It’s available this month for just $10/bottle at JAV and the From Nebraska Gift Shop. No other discounts are applicable.





James Arthur Vineyards offers an exceptional location for any special occasion, company retreat, social event or family gathering. In the following pages, you will find some of the options available for you to hold your private party at Nebraska’s largest winery. (more…)

The Sights and Sounds of JAV


Winemaker Notes

shot of winesJames Arthur Vineyards produces a wide variety of award-winning wines, all made from American cultivars and French hybrid grapes. Grown and produced here in Nebraska, the winery offers the finest table wines, from barrel-aged reds to crisp whites and delicious dessert wines, and everything in between.

Learn More about Our Wines


Visit JAV’s Tasting Room in the Haymarket


James Arthur Vineyards is now in Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket. We’ve set up a tasting room in our From Nebraska Shop located in the Huber Building at 8th and “Q”. Along with JAV wines, our tasting room features special events including live music during the summer and before Husker home games, trivia nights, and much more!