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.

2021 Schedule of Events

We’re offering a variety of events for 2021 to enjoy at James Arthur Vineyards, ranging from our popular summer music series to movie nights under the stars to ghost tours and haunted hikes. We’ll continue to update it with even more events along the way.

Click HERE to see and download the schedule.

Junk Food Pairings

We’re offering junk food pairings in our tasting room from noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays in March. Select six pairings from our menu and keep the glass as a souvenir.  Cost is $8.50/person. No reservations are needed.


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:

6:30 p.m. Friday, March 12

Tickets are $52/person. We’ll limit seating to 40 socially distanced guests.

March Special

We’ve put Rei, our 10-year-old port-style wine, and all of our sparkling wines on specials this month. We aged our Tropasti port-style wine for 10 years and gave it its own name: Rei, which means King in Portuguese. It’s available for $21/bottle (regularly priced $27). Our sparkling wines are just $17/bottle (regularly priced $24). We have four semi-sweets available (Barbara Ellen Rose, Edelweiss, 2 Brothers and Catawba) and one semi-dry (Prairie Star).

Spring Cabarets

Vocalists Judy Anderson and David Claus perform Broadway show tunes and works from the American Songbook at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 17 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18. Tickets are $15/person and include a glass of wine.




Click HERE for April 17 tickets at 10 a.m. March 17.

Click HERE for April 18 tickets at 10 a.m. March 17.

COVID-19 Update (Nov. 16, 2020)

James Arthur Vineyards’ tasting room is open with restrictions. Masks are required to enter the winery as mandated by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. We’re offering tastings every day, but will switch to glass- and bottle-only sales if we deem it’s too busy. No moving tables inside the winery; they are placed 6 feet or farther apart to meet social distancing guidelines. 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!



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.

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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!