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Chateau Morrisette is among the oldest and largest wineries in Virginia. We also operate an award-winning restaurant with a 95% recommendation rate on OpenTable. With fresh vintages, flavors, and events at the winery, restaurant, vineyard, and festival field throughout the year, we will keep you abreast of all the great happenings and the people who make up Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant in this blog and through our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest sites.


 

Shannon Atkins
 
January 10, 2019 | Shannon Atkins

Taste Romance Valentine's Week

Valentine's Day Weekend: Wine, Food, and Decadent Chocolates

Spend Valentine's Day with us!  Stay for the Weekend!

Chateau Morrisette has a full plate for you this Valentine's Day Weekend.  Looking for a romatic restaurant to enjoy dinner?  Chateau Morrisette is the place.  Cozy fireside dining for Valentine's lunch or dinner.  Our Puppy Love is a prix fixe menu, a Valentine's restaurant deal, with three courses of delicious food and a glass of our newly released Vin Gris.  For those wanting to stay for Valentine's Weekend or who just want to continue their celebration, the Puppy Love menu is offered all weekend long.  Plus, the very popular Wine & Chocolate is back again this year.  Join us for a titillating five course pairing of wine and chocolate.  See below for all the details.

Puppy Love Valentine's Dining

Treat your sweet and kindle romance with crisp winter views of the Blue Ridge and a romantic dining experience prepared by our culinary team. Valentine's Day, we will offer our special fixed price Puppy Love menu alongside our new winter menu from 11a-8p.

RESERVE PUPPY LOVE DINING


Puppy Love Valentine's Dining

Special Deal For Valentine's Day Weekend Lunch or Dinner

Puppy Love Prix Fixe Menu - $40 per person includes 3 course meal and a glass of our new Dry Rosé release, 2018 Vin Gris.  Your menu choices include:

FIRST COURSE

Choose one of the following selections:

Roasted Beet and Frisee Salad
grapefruit, goat cheese, pistachios, champagne vinaigrette (V)

Snails and Roasted Mushrooms
garlic and parsley butter, soft polenta

Soup du Jour

SECOND COURSE

Choose one of the following selections:

Grilled Shrimp
saffron risotto, asparagus

Hanger Steak
green peppercorn sauce, french fries

Parisian Gnocchi
slow-cooked greens, roasted tomatoes and mushrooms, parmesan

THIRD COURSE

Selections to be determined.

 

Wine & Chocolate Pairings

Indulge in six courses of select Chateau Morrisette wines paired with chocolates handcrafted by local chocolatier Cocoa Mia.
Two seatings Saturday, February 16: 1-3p and 5-7p.
One seating Sunday, February 17: 2-4p.
Tickets, $50 per person, include wines, chocolates, tax, and gratuity.

RESERVE WINE & CHOCOLATE

Wine & Chocolate at Chateau Morrisette

Weekend Getaway:  Visit our Lodging Partners page and find a beautiful mountain cabin, a relaxing B&B, or a hotel that's just right.  Valentine's Day Weekend Getaways are here.

Chateau Morrisette is a third generation tradition in Virginia winemaking in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just off milepost 171.5 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, we offer refined rustic dining and wine tastings and tours year round.

Time Posted: Jan 10, 2019 at 9:34 AM
Shannon Atkins
 
August 21, 2018 | Shannon Atkins

Insights From Our Winemaker and Our Owner

Pair a Wine recently spoke with our Winemaker Jason Crolley and our founder and owner David Morrisette:

Time Posted: Aug 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Shannon Atkins
 
August 8, 2018 | Shannon Atkins

The Black Dog Beach Music Festival Returns August 11

 

Saturday, August 11 at the Morrisette Festival Field, The Black Dog Beach Music Festival welcomes you with Chateau Morrisette wine and cider tastings; sales by the glass or bottle; cold, 100% Virginia hard cider by the can or four pack; beers on iced tap; food, art, and craft vendors; and of course an afternoon of beach music to get you and your friends moving!

"South Carolina's Finest Show Band" the Fantastic Shakers open the festival, with featured performers Carolina Beach Music legends the Embers.

GET TICKETS + INFO

Discounted advanced tickets $20 until July 27, then $25 until August 10 at 4p, then gate price of $30.

Admission includes tastings through the afternoon, on site parking, and entertainment. Gates open at 11a. Tastings and sales begin at 11:30. Music begins at noon and continues until 5p.

Seating and sunscreen recommended. Canopies welcome in designated areas behind the dance lawn. Well behaved dogs on a leash are welcome. No refunds - the beach music happens rain or shine! No outside food or drink. Wagon shuttle between the festival field and winery will run noon - 4p; top of the hour at festival field, bottom of the hour at winery. Look for signs to 'board shuttle here'.

Children under 12 admitted free with paid adult admission. Discounted ticket for designated drivers and young adults.

The festival site is Nancy Morrisette Festival Field, 3641 Black Ridge Road Floyd, VA 24091, just a half mile from the winery.

GET TICKETS + INFO

Time Posted: Aug 8, 2018 at 11:48 AM
Shannon Atkins
 
June 18, 2018 | Shannon Atkins

The Black Dog Country Music Festival July 14

July 14, Chateau Morrisette's Black Dog Country Music Festival welcomes electrifying multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Hudson Moore, modern-vintage Nashville legacy bearers Little Feather and Franklin County's own Crawford and Power.  Both Little Feather and Hudson Moore have been recently recognized on Rolling Stone's lists of 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know.  Crawford and Power have just released their debut EP recorded in Nashville.

Come listen and dance to great country music all afternoon and enjoy your favorite Chateau Morrisette wines. Admission includes wine tastings through the afternoon, on site parking and entertainment. Beer, wine, food, and crafts are offered for sale.

Discounted advanced ticket price of $20 ends 4p Friday, June 29. Tickets sold after this time will be gate price of $30. Gates open at 11a; tastings begin 11:30a, and music begin at noon.

Seating, sunscreen, and a canopy or other sun protection recommended. Canopies welcome in designated areas behind the dance and seating area. Children under 12 admitted free with paid adult admission. No refunds - the music goes on rain or shine! No outside food or drink. Designated driver/non-drinking adult tickets discounted.

The festival is held at the Nancy Morrisette Festival Field, 3641 Black Ridge Road, Floyd Virginia, just a half mile from the winery and restaurant.

Time Posted: Jun 18, 2018 at 1:37 PM
Shannon Atkins
 
June 6, 2018 | Shannon Atkins

Sunday Sounds 2018 begins!

It's a good thing the Blue Ridge stays cool, because our Sunday Sounds stage is getting hot! Lew Woodall started our season with finesse, and we'll continue to host jazz every first Sunday.

This weekend, June 10, we're excited to continue our tradition as a stop on Southwest Virginia's Crooked Road with Whitetop Mountain Band! This event is part of the Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming weeklong series with performances throughout the region.

See the full Sunday Sounds lineup here, and we hope you can join us soon!

Whitetop Mountain Band at Chateau Morrisette

Whitetop Mountain Band tunes up before their 2016 Mountain of Music Homecoming performance.

Time Posted: Jun 6, 2018 at 9:05 AM
Shannon Atkins
 
May 25, 2018 | Shannon Atkins

Happy National Wine Day!

While you don't need an excuse to enjoy a sip with friends, we like to make sure to raise a glass on May 25, National Wine Day! In that spirit, we offer our Virginia red wines, or if you like, as many do, to lighten up as it heats up, consider our Virginia white wines. (In the clip, we're pouring our Virginia dry rosé, Vin Gris.) If it just doesn't feel like a grape day, we have fruit wine options, including a 100% Virginia apple wine. Cheers!

 

Time Posted: May 25, 2018 at 9:28 AM
Shannon Atkins
 
January 23, 2018 | Shannon Atkins

Something's Cooking in the Cellar

Time Posted: Jan 23, 2018 at 1:52 PM
Shannon Atkins
 
January 3, 2018 | Shannon Atkins

Winter Concert Series 2018

Winter Concert Series

Enjoy a cozy winter edition of Sunday Sounds in the Morrisette Room (above the tasting room) with local musical artists, light fare, and your favorite Chateau Morrisette wines. 

* * * The winery's winter schedule, January through March, will be Friday - Sunday. * * *

January 7: Marie Anderson
January 14: Nostalgic But Cool
January 21: Dave Dutton
January 28: RagTop
February 4: Marie Anderson
February 11: no concert; Wine & Chocolate pairings!
February 18: Kat Mills
February 25: Marcie Horne
March 4: Nostalgic But Cool
March 11: Marie Anderson
March 18: Kat Mills
March 25: RagTop

You can learn and hear more about performers through links on our events calendar.

To help us comply with VA ABC requirements, no outside food or drink is permitted. As we will be serving food indoors, we are unable to welcome pets.

Time Posted: Jan 3, 2018 at 6:29 AM
Shannon Atkins
 
July 31, 2017 | Shannon Atkins

The Black Dog Beach Music Festival 2017

The Black Dog Beach Music Festival 2017 wine glass sunrise

Saturday, August 12, The Black Dog Beach Music Festival returns to the Nancy Morrisette Festival Field at 3641 Black Ridge Road Floyd, VA, one mile from the winery, with sales by the glass or bottle; beers on tap; food, art, and craft vendors; and of course an afternoon of beach music to get you and your friends moving!

Steve Owens and Summertime open the festival, with the Dancing Chicken Band at mid-day, with headliners The Entertainers.

Adult Admission tickets will be sold at the gate for $30. Advanced ticket sales end at 4p on Friday, August 11. Tickets sold after this time will be gate price.

Admission includes tastings through the afternoon, on site parking, and entertainment. Gates open at 11a. Tastings and sales begin at 11:30. Music begins at noon and continues until 5p.

GET TICKETS

The Black Dog Beach Music Festival 2016

Our beloved tasting host Ray shared with Natalie of Daytime Blue Ridge a few shag steps to get ready for the festival!

Time Posted: Jul 31, 2017 at 8:05 AM
Shannon Atkins
 
June 5, 2017 | Shannon Atkins

Sunday Sounds Returns to the Winery Courtyard!

The first Sunday Sounds of 2017 drew a lovely, lively crowd, with guitarist Lew Woodall's jazz ensemble bringing in our live music season season in smooth style. Join us every Sunday June through October, from 1p - 4p on the winery courtyard - admission is free! We recommend bringing seating in case the dance tent is full.

Daytime Blue Ridge previewed the Sunday Sounds season with Chico and the Willies. Check out the full Sunday Sounds performer calendar and savor every drop of the weekend with us!

Time Posted: Jun 5, 2017 at 8:11 AM