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.

Run Now, Wine Later 5K Adventure

The sixth Run Now, Wine Later 5K Adventure will take place May 29, 2021, at James Arthur Vineyards.

Proceeds from this special event support Girls on the Run of Nebraska and its efforts to keep program fees affordable and accessible for all girls, regardless of family financial situation.

This adults-only event is limited to 150 participants in 2021. REGISTER HERE to run the adventure and receive a bottle of JAV wine, T-shirt, souvenir wine glass and yummy finish-line fixins.

Road Construction (AGAIN!)

Lancaster County will replace another bridge on North 14th Street. The road will be closed from Waverly Road to Mill Road from March 15 to Sept. 15. For those coming to us from Lincoln, we suggest taking Highway 79 north to Raymond Road. If you don’t mind driving gravel, head west on Waverly Road to North First Street and then head north on North First Street to Raymond Road. If you’re coming to us from the Omaha area, we suggest taking Interstate 80 to the Highway 34 exit. Take Highway 34 west to Highway 79 and then north to Raymond Road.

May Special

To welcome the sweet smells of spring, we’ve put two our our sweeter flavors on special this month. Made from 100 percent LaCrescent grape, our Heartland White is the sweetest of our semi-sweet white wines. It’s available for $10/bottle (regularly priced at $14.50). We also have our Walk Off Maple Cider on sale for $7.50/six-pack (regularly priced at $10). We like to call it “breakfast in a can.”

Wine & Stargazing

Spend the evening at Branched Oak Observatory stargazing while sipping your favorite JAV wine from:

7:30-11 p.m. Friday, May 14

Tickets are $33/person and include wine, appetizers and observatory admission.

Click HERE for tickets on April 14.

Summer Music Series

We continue our popular FREE outdoor summer music series with The Wildwoods performing from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 15. Our caterer, Dinner & Co., will have its food truck on site, with two or three grilled entree options with a choice of side for $8/each.

Yoga in the Vines

Enjoy a gentle Yin-style Yoga class outside in our beloved grape vines at 9 or 10:30 a.m. May 22. All skill levels of yogis welcome! Bring your yoga mat and a workable towel or small blanket. Yoga classes will be approximate 45 minutes followed by a take-home Mimosa special. Tickets are $25/person.

Click HERE for 9 a.m. May 22 tickets.

Click HERE for 10:30 a.m. May 22 tickets.

Night of Comedy

We kick off our JAV Uncorked Festival with A Night of Comedy in our party room. National touring comedian Russ Rivas will perform at:

7 p.m. Friday, May 28

Owner of Laffs Comedy Club in New Mexico and a Las Vegas performer, Russ brings to the stage a non-stop high energy performance. His well–prepared material blends with an improvisational expertise that delights audiences around the country. Tickets are $25 and include first glass of wine.

Click HERE for tickets, beginning at 10 a.m. May 1.

Sips & Succulents

As a part of our JAV Uncorked Festival, Urban Legends Art Studio will instruct classes on how to put together and decorate your own succulent garden. Each class includes … UNLIMITED SANGRIA! Classes are 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 29. Cost is $40/person.

Click HERE for 1 p.m. May 29 tickets, beginning at 10 a.m. May 1.

Click HERE for 3 p.m. May 29 tickets, beginning at 10 a.m. May 1.

Cornhole Tournament

As part of our annual JAV Uncorked Festival, two-person teams (ages 21 and older) compete in a 12-team tourney with three games guaranteed. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place teams. Tourney begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 29.

Click HERE for tickets, beginning at 10 a.m. May 1.

Movie & Wine

JAV continues its popular outdoor film series Movie & Wine Under the Stars at:

9:30 p.m. Friday, June 4

Just days before the sequel comes out, we’ll show the comedy classic “Ghostbusters,” starring Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Ernie Davis and Harold Ramis. Tickets are $15/person and include a glass of wine and movie snacks.

Click HERE for tickets.

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 download the schedule.

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!



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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!