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 (Nov. 16)

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!

January Special

In memory of our little rascal Diablo, whom we lost last month, we’re putting the wine we created in his honor on special: 3 Legs White. The honey-tasting semi-sweet white is a blend of Edelweiss, Brianna, LaCrosse and Prairie Star grapes. It’s available for just $10/bottle at JAV and the From Nebraska Gift Shop in Lincoln’s Haymarket. No other discounts applicable.

Valentine’s Buffets

Enjoy chocolate-inspired appetizers, entrees and desserts with a bottle of your favorite JAV wine. We’ll have seatings at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. We’re limiting seating to 10 couples per session to allow for social distancing. Tickets are $77 per COUPLE.

6:30 p.m. tickets are SOLD OUT.

To purchase 7 p.m. tickets, click HERE.

To purchase 7:30 p.m. tickets, click HERE.

Valentine’s Dinner

Celebrate with your Valentine during our annual Meet-Your-Winemaker Valentine’s Dinner at:

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13

The evening includes a chocolate-inspired 5-course meal with a JAV wine paired with each course. We’ll release the menu closer to the date. Tickets are $60 per PERSON.

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

Valentine’s Day

Celebrate with that special someone at JAV. We’ll have live music from jazz guitarist Aaron Stroessner from 2 to 5 p.m. and wine specials all day. We’ll be open from noon to 6 p.m. No reservations are needed.

Junk Food Pairing

We introduce patrons to our upcoming March Junk Food Pairings with this special, socially distanced class at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. We’ll pair 10 of our signature wines with popular junk foods such as popcorn, Doritos and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Keep the glass as a souvenir. Cost is $15/person. Class is limited to 20 participants.

Click HERE for tickets.




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!