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Favorite daughter of the Greek God, Zeus, Pallas Athena or simply, Pallas is known as the goddess of wisdom. Because of this gift she was charged with overseeing practical arts which included agriculture and winemaking. On the hill of the Acropolis, the Athenians built a temple to Pallas the Parthenon.

Athena Vineyards was established in 2002 by three Nurses.  We enjoy healthy lifestyles, working in the vineyard and the finer things in life.  Our interest in winemaking led to the construction of our winery in 2005.  Athena has become the first commercial vineyard and winery in Northumberland County, Virginia.  Visit our tasting room and share our warm hospitality in a beautiful vineyard setting.  Our vineyards overlook the Great Wicomico River with 15 acres of over a 20 varieties of grapes.  Not far from the Chesapeake Bay, we embrace the lifestyle of the area - crabs, rockfish and oysters are common in the region.

See our Shopping Cart to find out about our Nightingale wines
They are great as special gifts
to nurses or for banquets and celebrations.

Our philosophy of growing grapes and making wine in an environmentally safe manner is an important responsibility to land stewardship and the long-term relationship with our customers, our neighbors and the world.  We strive to be environmentally friendly, economically sound and socially responsible with all our winery and viticulture practices.
We have taken many steps to ensure that our winery operates with sustainable agriculture in mind.  We hope to minimize or prevent potential risks to the environment, the public and our staff.

Best Management Practices Include:

  • Vineyard row orientation to minimize erosion
  • Buffer zones established with native species
  • Invasive plant species removal
  • Groundwater quality protection
  • Integrated pest and nutrition management programs
  • Sediment overflow ponds
  • Low impact landscaping
  • Hand harvesting
  • Controlled or low yield varieties
  • Waste product composting
patty and bruce  

Jacques Recht our winemaker

Installing vineyard trellis poles

Our first winemaker, Jacques Recht was awarded American Wine Society's highest honor in 2007 for his winemaking ability and his role in establishing the Virginia Wine industry.  

French Oak barrels for aging fine wine

Our grapes are hand picked at the peak of ripeness.  Quality control is essential to ensure that only the finest grapes are used for winemaking.  After all - you can't make great wine without great grapes
Photo by Ann B Messick
The Owners
photo by Ann B Messick
  See DVD for our
winemaker's presentation on how to taste wine

Bird Netting to protect the grapes

Established section of vineyard

Netting to protect the grapes from bird damage


Thanks for coming on the tour

Deer Patrol Officer
Athena Vineyards and Winery
3138 Jesse Dupont Memorial Hwy
Heathsville, VA 22473
(near Wicomico Church)
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We ship to the following states AK,CA,CO,FL,MI,MN,MO,NM,NC,VA,WA
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