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!
In 2014, Jim and Barb Ballard started looking at locations to expand their winery, James Arthur Vineyards, by opening a tasting room in the Haymarket. By chance, one March day Jim happened to be chatting with the owner of the >From Nebraska Gift Shop, and the next thing you know, the Ballard’s not only had a place for a tasting room but had agreed to purchase the entire business.
Jim was born and raised in Nebraska, while Barb had spent most of her life in the Cornhusker state. Both have a passion for their home and the people who live here, so it was no-brainer for them to jump on an opportunity to not only sell their Nebraska made wine, but all the other wonderful items created in this state. The cherry on top was the wonderful location the gift shop resides. The revitalization and growth of the area has been a joy to witness, without losing the historical perspective that makes the Haymarket so unique and special.