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Chateau Morrisette is one of the largest wineries in Virginia  We also operate an award-winning, AAA Four-Diamond restaurant.  With over 50 employees, there is always something happening.  If you enjoy Chateau Morrisette, the wine, the winery and the restaurant, then we hope you will follow our blog posts and stay abreast of all the great happenings and the people who make up Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restauarnt.


Shannon Atkins
December 2, 2016 | Shannon Atkins

The Black Dog Christmas Weekends video

WSLS in Roanoke put together two lovely spots letting folks know about our Christmas Weekends, which offer complimentary hors d'ouevres, tastings, and discounts in the Tasting Room gift shop. Our Holiday Wine Sale offers 20% off bottles and 30% off cases through the month of December.


Time Posted: Dec 2, 2016 at 5:59 AM
Keith Toler
November 17, 2016 | Keith Toler

Holiday Gift Ideas

Chateau Morrisette Holiday Wine Sale and Holiday Gift Ideas

Looking for that perfect holiday gift for someone special or for a person who has been kind to you during the year?  Look no further than Chateau Morrisette.  Shopping in our Tasting Room or online has never been easier.  Visit our Tasting Room Gift Shop for unique gift items like engraved wine boxes, apparel emblazoned with the Chateau Morrisette logo or one of our dogs, cork holders and cork art, locally made cutting boards and cheese knives, wine stoppers, cocktail napkins, and so much more.  Visit our website and order wine or Morrisette Farms® food items to be shipped directly to you or to your gift recipient.  We are legally able to ship wine to 32 states and the District of Columbia.  We can ship Morrisette Farms®, gift cards, travel packages and other non-alcohol items anywhere in the country.  You can read all about shipping by clicking on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Shipping.

Wine Makes the Perfect Christmas Gift.  Holiday Wine Sale Begins Black Friday.

Chateau Morrisette® wines are perfect for any palate.  If that special person enjoys red wines, then consider one of our newest dry red varietal wines like 2014 Chambourcin or Cabernet Franc.  There is still a limited supply of our very popular 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  If you're looking for a blended wine, don't overlook 2012 Archival I, 5 Red Grapes®, or our most popular off-dry wine The Black Dog®.

If white wines are more to your liking, then there are an equal number of delicious options from which to choose.  Our latest Petit Manseng 2015 recieved 89 points at the San Diego International Wine Competition and a Platinum Award from Virginia Wine Lovers.  Petit Manseng is a hybrid grape that grows very well in Virginia.  Other white wine varietal grapes include Chardonnay, Chardonnay Reserve, Viognier and Vidal Blanc.  If blended wines are more suited to your palate, don't miss the 2014 Nouveau Chien, also made with Petit Manseng, and the semi-sweet Our Dog Blue®.  For something totally decadent, try our ice-style dessert wine, Frosty Dog®.

There is also a variety of Chateau Morrisette® sweet wines, including Sweet Mountain Laurel® and Red Mountain Laurel®, both made with grapes that do well at high elevation and are grown on the estate.  The Orchard Series wines are very popular too.  These sweet fruit wines include Blackberry, Cherry Wine, Sweet Mountain Apple, made with 100% Virginia apples, and our Farmhouse Sangria Red, made from a base of delicious Merlot wine.

Just in time for Christmas, these wines are made even sweeter by our Holiday Wine Sale.  Beginning November 25th (Black Friday) and running through New Years Eve (December 31), all Chateau Morrisette® wines are offered at 20% off bottles and 30% off cases.  You may purchase as much as you want from our Tasting Room but individual state laws determine how much we can ship to you.  Please see our Shipping FAQs for specific information.

Still Not Sure What to Get?  Try One of Our Sampler Packs.


A Chateau Morrisette Sampler pack is the ideal Christmas gift.  It includes four bottles of wine and you can even add a gift message to the order.  There is a sampler pack for every taste and every budget - sampler packs are marked down 10% everyday and 20% during the sale.  Think that special someone might like some sweet red wines, try the Sweet Red Sampler Pack which retails for $49.96 before the sale price.  Want sweet white wines, we've got you covered with the Sweet White Sampler Pack also at $49.96.  If you're feeling experimental, try the Orchard Series Sampler Pack at $47.96 before the sale discount.  Next up on the palate scale would be our dry wine samplers.  The Dry White Sampler Pack goes from semi-sweet to very dry and retails for $72.96 before the sale.  There's also a Dry Red Sampler Pack at $78.96 retail and includes an off-dry wine, two blends and a Cabernet Sauvignon.  For the wine aficionado, aka the wine snob, the Top Tier Sampler is the perfect gift.  It retails for $135.96 and includes some of our very best red and white wines.

Want To Give A Memory?  Give the Gift of Travel.


Travel makes a wonderful gift.  Everyone needs to get away for a long weekend or even a few days mid-week.  Why not give the gift a travel with a Chateau Morrisette® Getaway Package.  Choose a package that's just right for the season.  Each travel gift recipient will receive vouchers for lodging for use with one of our preferred lodging partners along with a Chateau Morrisette® Gift Card, a wine tasting for two, and a coupon for 20% off purchases made in the Tasting Room Gift Shop, including wine.  Our most popular package is our Winter Wonderland Package offering travel during the slower times when the mountains are chilly and there's time to relax by the fire.  There is a Mountain Blooms Package for spring, a Summer Sunsets Package, and an Autumn Harvest Package too.  Packages range from $190 to $199 each.

Everyone Likes to Eat.  Morrisette Farms® Makes a Great Gift.

Morrisette Farms® offers a gourmet selection of pasta sauces, bruchetta, salsas and salad dressings.  We ship Morrisette Farms® food items to all 50 states.  Items include Spicy Sun Dried Tomato Bruschetta with Chianti, Black Bean and Corn Salsa, Creamy Parmesan Vodka Pasta Sauce, Herb Marinara with Malbec, Gorgonzola with Pear Dressing, just to name a few.  You could make it a truly exceptional gift by pairing a favorite wine with one or two of these delicious food offerings.

Still Undecided?  There's Alway a Chateau Morrisette® Gift Card.

Chateau Morrisette offers gift cards in the amount you want to spend.  Let that special person on your Christmas list select a gift that's just right for them.  Gift cards may be redeemed in the Chateau Morrisette® Tasting Room or in the Chateau Morrisette® Restaurant.



Time Posted: Nov 17, 2016 at 9:59 AM
Keith Toler
November 2, 2016 | Keith Toler

Chateau Morrisette Partners with Chattanooga Humane Educational Society


Chateau Morrisette wines are now available in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Working through our Distributor, Athens Distributing Chattanooga, we now offer wines through major grocery chain stores and independent wine retailers.  In order to get the word out and to show we care about the people and animals in the Chattanooga area, we opted to partner with the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society to bring attention to their efforts to serve the community.  Customers can look for our Paws for a Cause bottle tags at stores throughout the region.  We hope everyone will give generously to the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society this holiday season.

Upcoming Paws for a Cause events

Chateau Morrisette has agreed to sponsor the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society events throughout the fall and holiday season.  The picture above was taken recently at the Paws in the Park event, held Saturday, October 29th.  According to Murray Levesque, Chateau Morrisette Tennesee Brand Manager, " People attending the event were thrilled to see Chateau Morrisette involved.  Our distinctive dog on the label of our bottles, along with the Paws for a Cause bottle tag, was a natural tie in to HES."  While local laws prohibited us from doing tastings in the Park, Chateau Morrisette gave away posters and allowed people to sign up for more information and to register to win prizes.

Later in the season, Chateau Morrisette and the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society will work together on additional events including:

Saturday, December 10 - THE MUTT STRUTT and CHRISTMAS TAIL 5K
Join the Humane Educational Society on Saturday, December 10th for the third annual A Christmas Tail in historic St. Elmo. The annual event is A Christmas themed 5K and 1 mile Mutt Strut benefitting the Humane Educational Society. Funds raised at the event will benefit the shelter’s Special Needs Fund, which provides lifesaving surgery and medication as well as heartworm treatment to animals with treatable injuries and illness, giving them a second chance at a happy home and healthier life. The 5K and Mutt Strut are a fun way to support the shelter’s mission to provide education and outreach to the community, medical services for needy animals, humane investigation, shelter for homeless animals, and strong adoption programs that ensure all adopted animals have safe and loving forever homes.  

Sign up to participate at the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society website.

Read about the events in Natural Awakenings Magazine (Chattanooga).  


(Check the website as we continue to add dates and locations) Click here.

November 4
5 to 7 p.m.
Ken’s Liquors
6015 Dayton Blvd.

November 11
4 to 7 p.m.
East Brainerd Liquors
7804 E. Brainerd Road

November 11
Chattanooga Wine and Spirits
6925 Lee Hwy
Chattanooga, TN  37421

November 12
12 to 3 p.m.
Cork & Flask
222 Seqouyah Road
Soddy Daisy

November 18
5-7 p.m.
Hamilton Wine and Liquors
2288 Gunbarrel Rd
Chattanooga, TN  37421


Chateau Morrisette has eight wines available throughout Chattanooga and major grocery chains and independent wine retailers.  Featured wines include:
Our Dog Blue®, a Riesling and Traminette blended semi-sweet white wine
The Black Dog®, a semi-dry red blend made from five grape varietals
Sweet Mountain Laurel®, for southerners who like sweet, this is the sweet tea of the wine family
Red Mountain Laurel®, a red dessert wine, sweet and easy to drink
Blackberry, an apple wine with natural blackberry flavors, tastes like blackberry pie
Cherry Wine, made from 100% cherries from Wisconsin
Sweet Mountain Apple, made from 100% Virginia apples
Farmhouse Sangria Red, a Merlot based wine with added natural fruit flavors



Chateau Morrisette is offering a prize drawing for a two night stay for anyone who signs up to receive future information from Chateau Morrisette.  We want people to know what's going on at Chateau Morrisette throughout the year, from festivals, restaurant events, special tastings, and other fun things to do.  All sweepstakes rules apply.  Registration can be found by clicking to Chateau Morrisette Chattanooga.

at Chateau Morrisette The Culinary Team

Autumn Chef's Dinner Takes Place on November 12, 2016


It's the hottest ticket in town!  Executive Chef Michell Sheppard and Sous Chef Ricky Caviness have created an exclusive dining event for forty lucky foodies.  Held against the backdrop of a cozy fireplace and a private dining space, this five course meal will be presented personally by the chefs along with a description of each item and an explanation of what makes the dish unique and appealing.  A Chateau Morrisette wine has been hand-selected to pair with each course.  Guests learn about what makes each wine perfect with each course.  

"I'm excited to have an opportunity to showcase the talents of our Culinary Team," said Executive Chef Mitchell Sheppard.  "We will serve items grown on the estate by our gardener, Matt Sanders along with dessert items hand-crafted by our pastry chef, Chelsea Raby."

Sous Chef Ricky Caviness, is an expert on local farms.  "I was able to obtain the duck and the rabbit from a local farm here in Floyd," said Caviness.  "Add that to the beets and leeks we grew here on the estate and it's a truly locavore dining experience."

The Autumn Chef's dinner will also be the launch for our new vintages of Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc.  Those attending the dinner will be some of the first to taste these two new 2014 vintages.  Both wines aged in barrels for over 18 months and were bottled in June of 2016.  Winemaker Brian Smyth will release them for sale in time for the Chef's Dinner.

Tickets for the Autumn Chef's Dinner are $95 per person, including taxes, gratuity, wine pairings, and a champagne reception prior to dinner.  Tickets may be purchased by clicking this link for AUTUMN CHEF"S DINNER TICKETS.

Here is the menu as it stands today:

Champagne and Hors D’Oeuvres 
served between 5:30 and 6:00 

Jeweled Beet tartare, Cured Farm Egg Yolk,
Estate Flowers, Burrata Cheese
Paired with 2014 Chambourcin

Braised Rabbit, Creamed Leeks, Herb Dumplings, 
Benne Seeded Carrots
paired with 2015 Viognier

House Made Duck Frankfurter, Mustards, Hard Cider 
Braised Mountain Cabbage, Duck Fat Fries
Paired with 2015 Petit Manseng

Forever Cooked Beef Short Ribs, Foie Gras Gravy, Glazed 
Kuri Squash, Farro Verde with Roasted Muscadines
Paired with 2014 Cabernet Franc

Chocolate Truffle, Brown Butter & Cracked Black Pepper 
Ice Cream, Tobacco Caramel, Oak Crème Chantilly, 
Gingersnap Hazelnut Crunch

Paired with 2012 Heritage

Wine Pairings subject to change

Time Posted: Oct 26, 2016 at 11:13 AM
Keith Toler
October 19, 2016 | Keith Toler

Virginia Wine Month - Chateau Morrisette Wine Tasting at Shula's Steakhouse in Richmond

Chateau Morrisette will be the featured Virginia Wine this October 25th at Shula's America's Steakhouse in Richmond, Virginia.  Guests can taste three Chateau Morrisette wines, 2012 Archival I, the 2014 Nouveau Chien, and the ever popular Our Dog Blue.  For $7, guests can sample these three delicious wines along with special hors d'oeuvre offerings prepared by Shula's America's Steakhouse.  The event takes place between 4:30PM and 6:30 PM, Tuesday, October 25th at Shula's located at 12042 West Broad Street in Richmond.


Shula's selected three Chateau Morrisette wines for their customers to taste.  Here is the background on each:

A vibrant bouquet of crushed rose petals and fresh roasted coffee give way to dark, black cherries and currants. Rich caramel notes lingered into a well-structured finish balanced spice & clove.  Definitely a steak lover’s choice (medium rare, please), yet hearty enough to stand next to baked lasagna or gorgonzola mushroom risotto.

Blend: 35% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot

Awards: Gold Medal - 2015 Virginia Wine Lovers Wine Classic • Silver Medal - 2015 Sommelier Challenge International Wine and Spirits Competition • Silver Medal - 2015 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition • Bronze Medal: 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition • Bronze Medal 2015 Texsom International Wine Awards • Bronze Medal: 2015 Virginia Governor's Cup • Bronze Medal: 2015 Riverside (CA) International Wine Competition

This floral blend of Petit Manseng, Traminette, Chardonel, Chardonnay, and Viognier has a beautiful nose of honeydew melon and lemons. The palate is dry and crisp with a lively acidity through the finish.  This wine pairs well with shellfish, crab cakes, and oysters. Best served between 50-55º F

Production: A small percentage of the wine was barrel aged in new oak barrels after fermentation for just a few months to add light toasted notes and lengthen the finish

Awards: Bronze Medal: San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition • Bronze Medal: 2016 Virginia Governor's Cup • Gold Medal: 2015 Virginia Wine Lover Wine Classic • Silver Medal - 2015 San Diego International Wine Competition • Silver Medal - 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Interntional Wine Competition • Silver Medal - 2015 TEXCOM (Dallas Morning News) International Wine Competition • Bronze Medal: 2015 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition • Bronze Medal: 2014 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association

OUR DOG BLUE (non-vintage)
This popular white wine is a semi-sweet Riesling-Traminette blend, using Vidal Blanc for added depth. Aromas of melons, citrus fruits, apricots, and delicate flowers highlight the soft finish of this soothing wine.  Serve chilled with fruits and cheeses, fish, or spicy foods.

Ratings: 95 Points 2015 San Diego International Wine Competition • 94 Points 2015 Winemakers Challenge International Wine Competition • 90 Points 2015 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition • 88 Points 2015 Beer and Wine Tasting Institute (

Awards: Silver Medal: 2016 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition • Platinum (Double Gold) Medal: 2015 San Diego Wine Competition • Platinum Medal 2015 Winemakers Challenge International Wine Competition • Gold Medal: 2015 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition • Gold Medal: 2015 Virginia Wine Lover Wine Classic • Silver Medal: 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition • Silver Medal: 2015 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition • Silver Medal: 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition • Silver Medal: 2015 Hilton Head Food and Wine Festival • Silver Medal and Best Buy: 2015


Time Posted: Oct 19, 2016 at 11:39 AM
Brian Smyth
September 29, 2016 | Brian Smyth

Harvest 2016

Here at Chateau Morrisette, we are in the heart of our busy harvest season. The first grapes of 2016 were a small 2.5 ton lot of Chardonel from Patrick County. In the four weeks since then, we have received, processed, and are currently fermenting all of our Petit Manseng, Viognier, Traminette, Vidal Blanc, Niagara, Concord, and part of our Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Chambourcin. So far, we have worked with about 330 tons of grapes and there are plenty more on the way!

harvest 2016 part 1

As grapes ripen, the berries soften, sugar begins to accumulate at a faster pace, acidity begins to decrease, and flavor compounds develop. When deciding when to harvest a variety, we take these factors into consideration along with upcoming weather events and the logistics of organizing a picking crew and transportation of the grapes to the winery. However, when fruit is ripe, it is all hands on deck and we work quickly to ensure fruit is harvested at the optimal time.

harvest 2016 part 2

 When white varieties arrive at the winery, we chill, weigh, destem, and press the berries to a white settling tank. We then chill the juice to settle all of the solids to the bottom of the tank. Subsequently, we pump off the clarified juice, warm it, adjust nutrients and sugar content, and finally inoculate it with a yeast strain specifically selected for the variety. After a tank is inoculated, there is a short period before active fermentation called lag phase where yeast are reproducing to their full biomass. After this, the yeast begin to ferment and convert sugar to heat, carbon dioxide, and alcohol. We monitor the sugar decrease and temperature to help us make decisions to manage the fermentation rate.  Once sugar is depleted, the tank is considered wine and treated as such.

 Red varieties ripen in the same manner, but are generally ready to be harvested later than the whites. When they arrive, they are handled in a different manner than the white varieties. All of the color and much of the flavor in a red wine comes from the skins. Because of this, reds are only destemmed and crushed before the juice, skins, and seeds are pumped to a red fermentation tank.

After inoculation, heat and carbon dioxide produced by fermentation begins to push berries to the top of the fermenter forming what we call a cap. This cap holds heat and, in order to homogenize temperature and extract color and flavor, we pump fermenting must (juice containing skins, seeds, and stems) from the bottom of the tank over the top to break up the cap several times each day. The way we choose to manage pump-overs and the rate of fermentation helps to determine the final style of the wine.

When a red fermentation is dry, we will drain the free flowing wine from the tank. The skins that are left still contain a significant amount of wine, so they are dug out of the tank and transferred to one of our presses. The press fraction of the wine is either blended back to the free run or kept separate for another blend.


Time Posted: Sep 29, 2016 at 10:19 AM
at Chateau Morrisette The Culinary Team

Dessert Menus Change Regularly

Chef Chelsea makes all of the desserts served in the restaurant.  I hand-craft each dessert using ingredients I acquire locally when ever possible.  Here is my latest dessert menu saying farewell to summer fruits and hello to autum color.  

Farewell Summer Sundae
Homestead Creamery Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla Bean Pickled Peaches • Blueberry Preserves
Gingered Whipped Cream • Caramel Croutons and Maraschino Muscadine

Brown Butter Blonde
Brown Butter Blonde with Blue Cheese Brown Sugar Crumble Muscadine, Fig and Walnut Conserve
Rosemary-Caramel Bisque
Sweet & Sour Floyd County Pears

Dark Chocolate Chess Bar
Dark Chocolate Chess Bar
Homestead Creamery Vanilla Ice Cream
Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper "Magic Shell"
Roasted White Chocolate
Balsamic "Raisinette" Bark

All selections are $8 per serving

The latest dessert offerings may always be viewed on the website:  DESSERT MENU

Time Posted: Sep 19, 2016 at 11:48 AM
at Chateau Morrisette The Culinary Team

New Fall Menu at Chateau Morrisette Restaurant


The Culinary Team at Chateau Morrisette is proud to announce a new fall menu including estate grown produce as well as other regionally acquired meats, vegetables and herbs.  The two chefs, Mitch Sheppard and Ricky Caviness worked closely with the gardner, Matt Saunders, to determine late-summer and early fall plantings that could be used on the menu throughout the rest of the year.  We are all about the local and the fresh foods for our guests.  It's something we would like to be known for.

The menu is consistent throughout the day with the small plates and salads.  During lunch, there are a number of cafe style items available along with a selection of entrees served in lunch-time portions.  At night, the menu gets kicked up to a delicious fine-dining menu with a selection of beef, chicken, fish, and pasta.  Guests enjoy tablecloth service during the dinner hours.  And of course, each item on the menu includes a recommendation for a wine to try with that dish.

Here are a few examples of what you will find on the Chateau Morrisette Restaurant menu.  You can view the entire menu on the website by clicking here.  VIEW MENU


BURGER 8oz. house-ground beef patty, changes daily $13 Pair with The Black Dog®
CHICKEN Rosemary and thyme grilled chicken sandwich, with beer mustard, spinach, crispy onions, and gruyère on a pretzel roll $12 Pair with 2015 Vidal Blanc
BACON Candied house bacon, mixed lettuces, local tomatoes, and roasted pepper cheese spread on toasted wheat (MV) $13 Pair with 2015 Petit Manseng
QUICHE Changes daily. $12 Pair with Our Dog Blue®
MUSHROOMS Roasted mushrooms, fennel pepperonata, on naan topped with fontina and parmesan cheese (V) Omnivores may add salami $13 Pair with 2014 Nouveau Chien
TURKEY Black pepper and local honey roasted turkey, apple butter, house bacon, kitchen garden greens, caramelized shallots, and cheddar on toasted wheat. $12 Pair with 2014 Chardonnay
PORK Braised and smoked pulled pork, bread and butter pickles, southern slaw, fermented hot sauce, brioche bun $12 Pair with Sweet Mountain Apple


STEAK  Grilled ribeye of beef with buttermilk whipped yukons, wildflower honey and mustard roasted brussels sprouts, marrow jus (GF) 

$33  Pair with 2013 Merlot

SHRIMP AND GRITS  Wild-caught shrimp and grits, with tasso, andouille, and tomato pan sauce  $27  Pair with Our Dog Blue®

SCALLOPS  Seared sea scallops, roasted shallots and snap beans, estate Silverqueen corn risotto, preserved tomato chimichurri

$32  Pair with 2014 Chardonnay


Shannon Atkins
September 7, 2016 | Shannon Atkins

Chateau Morrisette Winery Announces Fall and Winter 2016 Events

Fall and Winter Events

Sunday Sounds Music Series, Through October 30, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Relax and savor a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the courtyard with free Americana-inspired music, award-winning Chateau Morrisette wines and majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The winery's eclectic performers include Melissa Mcsherry (September 25), Virginia Blue Band (October 2), Pat Anderson (October 9), Mac Traynham Duo (October 16) and Indian Run Stringband (October 30).

Harvest with the Dogs Vineyard Experience, September 24, two sessions
The Harvest with the Dogs Vineyard Experience is a fun, half-day, hands-on Chateau Morrisette grape harvesting experience. The event includes a viticulture overview, grape harvest and winemaking sessions, and a gourmet box lunch with wine in the vineyard. Included in the $70 per person admission fee are a free tasting, souvenir t-shirt and juice pressing. Reservations are required, and space is limited.

All October, All Week: Autumn Lunch 
During peak foliage season, enjoy the crisp mountain air and rich tapestry of fall colors while savoring an intimate brunch, lunch or dinner at the Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette. During October, the restaurant opens for lunch seven days a week: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday to Sunday. The restaurant's unique Appalachian-French Fusion menu blends traditional French fare with regional favorites, and fresh, local produce, meats and artisanal cheeses. Reservations are suggested.

Annual Chef's Dinner, November 12, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
The Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette culinary team presents a sumptuous multi-course menu to accompany the release of the winery's 2014 Chambourcin and 2014 Cabernet Franc. The Chef's Dinner menu and pricing will be available October 15.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, November 26, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Join Chateau Morrisette's traditional Christmas Tree lighting in the winery courtyard. Enjoy festivities, hot drinks and picturesque mountain setting.

Black Dog Christmas Weekends, December 3, 4, 10 and 11, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
During the winery's highly-anticipated Black Dog Christmas Weekends, guests are welcomed with decked halls, complimentary tastings and up to 30 percent off wines as well as discounts on gift shop items. It's the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season and hand-select special gifts for family, friends and colleagues.

New Year's Eve Dinner, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
An annual winery tradition, the New Year's Eve Dinner is a gourmand's delight featuring a multi-course meal and wine pairing. Menu, pricing and reservations are available December 10.

About Chateau Morrisette
Chateau Morrisette is a picturesque day trip from Roanoke, Charlottesville, Blacksburg, Christiansburg or the Piedmont Triad or a great weekend away from Washington, D.C., Richmond, Hampton Roads, Raleigh/Durham, Charlotte, Knoxville or Charleston, W.V. Wine tastings start at $8 per person. For more information, visit, call (540) 593-2865 or follow us on Facebook

via PRN Newswire

Time Posted: Sep 7, 2016 at 6:13 AM
Keith Toler
September 2, 2016 | Keith Toler

Chateau Morrisette Releases Three New Ciders Labor Day Weekend 2016


FLOYD (WSLS 10) – When it comes to the Virginia wine industry, the glass is half full. Virginia wine and cider sales reached a new record high as w [WINE] ine sales increased by 2 percent from last year and nearly 26 percent from five years ago.

Meanwhile, cider sales saw an impressive 200 percent growth within the last year.

Last year, Virginia wineries sold more than a half million cases; 10 percent of which were made at Chateau Morrisette.

Keith Toler, Director of Marketing at Chateau Morrisette says the trend reflected in their business.

“We also see growth here at Chateau Morrisette, so we knew we were part of that trend,” Toler said.

[Three new flavors of cider launch this weekend.]
Three new flavors of cider launch this weekend.

Brian Smyth is behind all 29 flavors of wine there.

He said the Virginia wine industry has changed since he left the U.S. to train as a winemaker.

“When I left, there were just under 200 wineries. Now there is just under 300, which is a huge increase in just a short number of years,” Smyth said.

He says with more competition, comes better wine and new opportunities to stand out.

“For us at Chateau Morrisette,  that means that we are trying to diversify our products.”

They have the capabilities, so he says it only made sense to start making one of the most in-demand drinks.

“The growth in the cider industry, as well as the craft beer industry, has just been explosive across the country,” Toler said.

The cider business is doing so well in fact, that Chateau Morrisette has decided to incorporate it into their business. This weekend, they are launching their first line of cider.

[CIDER] The line includes three flavors, one regular and two inspired by current wines.

“You see what’s happening right here in our region with new breweries coming in, new cideries coming in so we wanted to be part of that. We wanted to be part of that growth and part of that excitement. And that’s why we decided to test the waters with ciders,” Toler said.

We got an exclusive look at the first batch of ciderworks.

Ultimately, it will be up to the customers this weekend if these recipes will make the cut for mass distributions.

Time Posted: Sep 2, 2016 at 8:27 AM