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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.


 

Keith Toler
 
February 22, 2018 | Keith Toler

Chateau Morrisette Turns 40 in 2018


CHATEAU MORRISETTE CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY

 

One of Virginia’s oldest and largest wineries, Chateau Morrisette marks its 40th anniversary beginning in 2018.  The 40th anniversary logo has been developed and plans are underway to commemorate the milestone throughout the year, including a commemorative wine glass, wine label, and a special anniversary party.

The winery’s anniversary is a part of Virginia’s winemaking history which can be traced back to 1609 and the Jamestown Settlement.  Later, both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington’s attempts to establish a viable crop met with failure. In 1873, a crop of Native American grapes met with great success at the Vienna World’s Fair, but it was not until Chateau Morrisette and five other wineries opened in the 1970s did Virginia truly begin producing and marketing wines.

In 1978, Chateau Morrisette was known as Woolwine Winery.  Started by William and Nancy Morrisette, their son David became the first wine maker.  In 1981, the family adopted the name Chateau Morrisette and moved the winery to its current location along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County, Virginia.  In 1983, the family was instrumental in securing the Rocky Knob AVA, Virginia’s first designated American Viticultural Area.  In 1985, Chateau Morrisette began wholesale distribution, partnering with Blue Ridge Beverage in Salem, Virginia, to place its Virginia wines on store shelves throughout Southwestern Virginia.  By 1999, Chateau Morrisette expanded its production facilities to 32,000 sq. feet and a tank capacity of 130,000 gallons.

Today, forty years since its inception, Chateau Morrisette is still owned and operated by the Morrisette family.  David Morrisette is no longer the winemaker but now serves as the President and CEO.  His children are now working in various capacities at the winery, making Chateau Morrisette a third generation Virginia winery.  Distribution has expanded from humble beginnings in southwestern Virginia to include retail outlets in seven states and direct-to-consumer shipments to customers in over thirty states.  Commercial wine production has grown from 2,000 gallons in 1982 to over 130,000 gallons today.  Chateau Morrisette is poised to continue its growth well into the next forty years.

 

Time Posted: Feb 22, 2018 at 1:13 PM
Keith Toler
 
April 4, 2017 | Keith Toler

Spring Summer Events Press Release Goes out over PR Newswire

 

Chateau Morrisette Winery Announces Spring and Summer 2017 Events

 

Floyd, V.A., April 4, 2017 – Located along Virginia’s scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, Chateau Morrisette Winery announces fresh seasonal events, including Discovery Lunches, dog-friendly baseball in partnership with the Salem Red Sox and yoga at the winery. Annual favorites, such as the Spring Open House, Winemaker’s Dinner, Sunday Sounds and the highly-anticipated Americana and beach music festivals round out the offering.

 

What’s New at Chateau Morrisette Winery

 

Updog Yoga at the Vineyard, April 22, 2017, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Enjoy yoga with a twist! Updog Wellness and Fitness’ Natalie Johnson leads an all level yoga flow practice with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop. Simply meet at the winery. For those 21 and over, a refreshing glass of wine awaits after the session.

 

Salem Red Sox: Bark in the Park, April 27, June 3 and 14, July 13 and August 12, 2017

As presenting sponsor of Bark in the Park, Chateau Morrisette invites animal lovers to pet-friendly baseball games in Salem, VA. One hundred percent of each pet’s $5 admission is donated to local shelters and SPCAs. In the park’s premium hospitality and picnic areas, enjoy select Chateau Morrisette wines at all home games this season.

 

Discovery Lunches, May 4, June 1 and July 6, 2017, noon – 2 p.m.

Discover the sumptuous flavors of world cuisine with Discovery Lunches in collaboration with Away to Go travel and featuring presentations from Uniworld River Cruises, SeaDreams Travel and others. Prix fixe mutli-course meals have menus inspired by Africa, Eastern Europe and more. Reservations and pre-payment are required.

 

Highly-Anticipated Spring and Summer Events

 

Annual Spring Open House and Wine Sale, April 29 – 30, 2017, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

New this year, enjoy courtesy tractor tours of the vineyard during spring open

house weekend. Visitors will be treated to complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine tastings, live music and 20 percent off bottles and 30 percent off cases of wine.

 

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Annual Winemaker’s Dinner, May 28, 2017, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The winery’s annual Winemaker’s Dinner at The Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette is hosted by special guest, Winemaker and Enologist Brian Smyth, who will discuss wine pairings and new wines in development. The event includes a delicious prix fixe, multi-course meal with hand-selected wine pairings. Reservations are required.

 

Sunday Sounds Music Series, June 4, 2017, through October 29, 2017, noon – 4 p.m.

Enjoy award-winning wines, breathtaking views and free eclectic Sunday Sounds music in the courtyard. Jazz music from Lew Woodall, Highlands Jazz and others is featured every first Sunday. Ragtop, Zuzu Welsh Band, Virginia Blue and others round out the diverse lineup.

 

Crooked Road Homecoming: Whitetop Mountain, June 11, 2017, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

During this special free Sunday Sounds concert in the winery courtyard, Chateau Morrisette Winery joins the Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming by hosting the Whitetop Mountain Band, the internationally-known ambassadors of Appalachian string music.

 

The Black Dog Americana Music Festival, July 8, 2017, noon to 5 p.m.

Enjoy Beth McKee’s stirring New Orleans rhythm and blues and the riveting brass sounds of Austin soul ensemble Mingo Fishtrap at the Nancy Morrisette Festival Field. During the event, purchase wine or beer, food, art and crafts. Purchase advance discounted tickets online or at regular price at the gate. Admission includes all day wine tastings and entertainment; parking is free.

 

The Black Dog Beach Music Festival, August 12, 2017, noon to 5 p.m.

Featuring The Entertainers with performances from Steve Owens and Summertime and the Dancing Chicken Band, the annual beach music festival is held at the Nancy Morrisette Festival Field. This Blue Ridge Mountain favorite features wine, beer and food for sale and arts and craft vendors. Purchase advance discounted tickets online or for regular price at the gate.

 

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 $10 per person. For more information, visit www.thedogs.com, call (540) 593-2865 or follow us on Facebook. 

 

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Time Posted: Apr 4, 2017 at 6:16 AM
Keith Toler
 
August 2, 2016 | Keith Toler

Chateau Morrisette announces Harvest with the Dogs: A Hands-On Vineyard Experience

Château Morrisette Winery Announces

Harvest With the Dogs: A Hands-On Vineyard Experience

Floyd, VA, August 3, 2016 – Chateau Morrisette Winery will offer an immersive vineyard experience for the first time on September 24, 2016.  The program is designed to engage wine enthusiasts in the process of harvesting grapes and making wine, providing participants with both education and hands-on training during a half-day session.

Guests may choose to participate in either a morning of afternoon experience.  It begins with an informational briefing from the Vineyard Manager, Steve VanSutphin.  “I will cover viticultural topics including planting, pruning, trellising, canopy and soil management, to name a few,” VanSutphin said.  Participants will learn standard harvest techniques and will be provided with clippers and a grape lug to try their hand at the traditional harvest.

Once the harvest is complete, the grapes will be transported to the cellar crush pad for processing.  Participants will meet with the Winemaker, Brian Smyth and learn all about the crushing process.  The grapes will be pressed and turned into juice.  “While time will not allow us to actually begin the fermenting process, I will discuss how that process works once the juice is made,” said Smyth.  Each guest will take home a bottle of juice from the day’s harvest.

As with any harvest, this vineyard experience will take place rain or shine.  Guests should come prepared with proper shoes and clothing.  The cost of the program is $70 per person and includes presentations, equipment, lunch in the vineyard and souvenir items to take home.  The program is offered at 10:00 AM or at 1:00 PM.  Reservations are required and tickets may be purchased on the website at www.TheDogs.com.  Participation is limited to 34 guests during each session.

For tickets and additional information, click here Harvest With The Dogs: A Hands-On Vineyard Experience at Chateau Morrisette Winery

About Château Morrisette

Château Morrisette has retail distribution throughout Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky. The winery and restaurant is located at milepost 171.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in beautiful Floyd County, Virginia. For more information, visit www.thedogs.com, call (540) 593-2865, or follow us on Facebook. 

Time Posted: Aug 2, 2016 at 12:29 PM
Keith Toler
 
June 2, 2016 | Keith Toler

Chateau Morrisette Announces 2016 Summer Music Events

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chateau Morrisette Winery Announces Summer 2016 Music Events

Floyd, V.A., June 2, 2016 – Located along Virginia’s scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, Chateau Morrisette Winery announces its signature summer music festivals, the Black Dog Jazz Festival and Black Dog Beach Music Festival, and free Sunday Sounds in the courtyard, which includes a variety of music through October.

Summer Events

Black Dog Jazz Festival, July 9, noon – 5 p.m.

Featuring vibrant saxophone prodigy Grace Kelly, the Black Dog Jazz Festival includes swing music from Wally West Little Band, and jazz from Mike Mitchell Jazz Band. The event takes place at Nancy Morrisette Festival Field, and tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the gate. Admission includes all day wine tastings, on-site parking and entertainment.

Black Dog Beach Music Festival, August 13, noon – 5 p.m.

Chateau Morrisette’s annual Black Dog Beach Music Festival headliners are music legends The Embers featuring Craig Woolard and the Fantastic Shakers, who are celebrating their 35th anniversary. The event takes place at Nancy Morrisette Festival Field, and tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the gate.

Nancy Morrisette Festival Field is located at 3641 Black Ridge Road in Floyd, V.A., which is less than a mile from the winery and restaurant. Both events will be held rain or shine. Dogs on a leash are welcome. No coolers or outside food or drinks are permitted. Canopies, umbrellas and chairs are recommended. Outside alcohol is prohibited on premises per Alcohol Beverage Control.

The Crooked Road presents Mountains of Music Homecoming at Chateau Morrisette, June 12, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

An afternoon of American Roots music with the Whitetop Mountain Band, the concert takes place on the winery courtyard and is free to the public. Bring your own seating. The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is an annual nine-day, region-wide celebration of the communities and the music heritage of southwestern V.A. 

Sunday Sounds Music Series, June 5 – October 16, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Free Sunday music in the courtyard returns this summer and fall. Relax and enjoy award-winning wines while listening to a wide variety of music every week, including Wyatt Law (June 19), Tim Pfeiffer (June 26), Front Porch Swing (July 3) and more.

Throughout the summer, the Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette is the perfect location for Sunday Brunch or celebrating any special occasion over an intimate dinner or lunch. Under Chef Cooper Brunk, the restaurant’s innovative menu reflects Appalachian-French Fusion, traditional French fare with regional influences and fresh, local produce, meats and cheeses.

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 www.thedogs.com, call (540) 593-2865 or follow us on Facebook.

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Time Posted: Jun 2, 2016 at 8:46 AM
Keith Toler
 
May 4, 2016 | Keith Toler

What's New At Chateau Morrisette Press Release

FLOYD, Va., May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Virginia's Chateau Morrisette Winery announces its newest wines, including the release of its first-ever Petit Manseng (2015), made from a rare French grape that's thriving in Virginia wine-making country. As well, this spring is a time of renaissance for the winery, which announces its new Founders Club wine club, latest award-winning wines, and The Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette's innovative new cuisine - Appalachian French Fusion - a gourmand's delight.

Chateau Morrisette's Enologist and Winemaker Brian Smyth's extensive knowledge of regional wines paired with his technical prowess made a Petit Manseng (2015) a natural evolution for the winery, which is known for its light sweet wines. Also, four new vintages debut this spring: Cabernet Sauvignon (2013), Vidal Blanc (2015), Viognier (2015) and Vin Gris (2015).

"We continue to improve the caliber of our wines, which are performing well in prestigious international competitions, even against much pricier vintages," commented Smyth. At the most recent San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, VirginiaGovernor's Cup, and Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, the winery received a total of 16 awards for its wines, including for Our Dog Blue (2015), Chardonnay Reserve (2013), and its debut Petit Manseng, which won a Silver at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. 

Via the winery's new website, visitors can sign up for the new Founders Club wine club to receive four bottles or a case of wine every quarter at a discount. Wine can be shipped to members' homes, or they can attend a quarterly pick up party at the winery, enjoying a convivial event with free wine tastings and special foods prepared for the occasion. "Members of the Founders Club can choose to follow a 'founder' of Chateau Morrisette, and receive sweet wines, classic wines, vintage reds or mix and match on their own," remarked Smyth.

Under Chef Cooper Brunk, the Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette has evolved its signature menu to reflect what he calls Appalachian French Fusion. The elegance of traditional French fare is recast with regional flavors and made with fresh, local produce, meats and cheeses. "As part of our seasonally-changing menu, we now offer unique wine pairings for each entrée, which enhance the flavor of the meal," said Brunk.

Located at Milepost 171.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County, V.A., Chateau Morrisette welcomes visitors year round for wine tastings, including private Elite Tastings, and special events such as Mountain Adventure Weekend (June 3 to 5), and Sunday Sounds, free live music in the courtyard from June through October.


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Time Posted: May 4, 2016 at 6:59 AM
Keith Toler
 
February 17, 2016 | Keith Toler

Chateau Morrisette Announces 2016 Special Events

Located along Virginia's scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, Chateau Morrisette Wineryannounces its spring 2016 dining experiences at The Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette along with themed weekend events and open houses.

Considering a weekend getaway? Chateau Morrisette has partnered with a variety of local lodging partners to create exciting travel packages for every style and preference.

Spring 2016 Events

Chef's Dinner, March 19, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Seating is limited for a special Chef's Dinner at The Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette. Enjoy a multi-course meal featuring new spring menu items officially debuting in April, along with unique wine pairings for each course. Chef Cooper Brunk will introduce each course and discuss the wine pairings. The cost is $95 per person, inclusive. Call (540) 593-2865 for reservations; prepayment required.

Easter Service and Brunch, March 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Enjoy an informal, family-oriented Easter Service from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. in the Morrisette Ballroom followed by an Easter egg hunt on the lawn. Easter Sunday Brunch is a sumptuous buffet with stations for breakfast items, carved meats, chilled seafood and desserts. The cost is $29.99 per adult and $14.99 for kids ages 11 and under. For reservations, call (540) 593-2865.

Spring Open Houses and Wine Sale, April 23 – 24 and April 30 – May 1, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Celebrate spring with a visit during our annual open house weekends. Enjoy fantastic wines, food and Blue Ridge Mountain views along with special savings on wine purchases. All guests will enjoy complimentary wine tastings and other treats. 

Winemaker's Dinner, May 29, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Chateau Morrisette's annual Winemaker's Dinner at The Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette includes an exquisite multi-course meal and hand-selected wine pairings. The winery's Winemaker and Enologist, Brian Smyth, will be on hand to discuss wine pairings and new wines he is developing. The cost is $115 per person, inclusive. Call (540) 593-2865 for reservations; prepayment required.

Mountain Adventure Weekend and Plein Air Art Weekend, June 3 – 5
The winery's popular Mountain Adventure Weekend is full of outdoor fun and includes a wine reception and special wild game menu on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Planned adventures include a 5k trail run from the Winery through the vineyards, horseback riding through the vineyard, kayaking down the Little River in Floyd, and clay shooting in the Nancy Morrisette Field. Activities are à la carte – pay for only the adventures you reserve. Reservations and prepayment are required at (540) 593-2865.

Beginning on Thursday (June 2), invited artists will paint en plein air throughout the Chateau Morrisette grounds.  Sunday's finale features a Quickdraw Competition, with judging planned for noon and an art show during Sunday Sounds. To join as a plein air workshop participant, register with the Charlotte Fine Art Gallery at http://www.charlottefineart.com/2016_adult_art_workshops.

Sunday Sounds, Each Sunday June 5 – October 30, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Enjoy the perfect pairing of wine and free live music each Sunday in June through October in the winery's courtyard. The eclectic schedule of featured artists has an Americana focus with jazz every first Sunday.

Time Posted: Feb 17, 2016 at 9:35 AM
Keith Toler
 
November 5, 2015 | Keith Toler

Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant names new Winemaker and new Executive Chef

FLOYD, Va., Nov. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Chateau Morrisette Winery announces the appointment of Brian Smyth as Enologist and Winemaker and Cooper Brunk as Chef of the Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette.

With the winery since 2014, Smyth previously served as Assistant Winemaker. Prior to joining Chateau Morrisette, Smyth worked in Oregon, Australia, and Virginia with various wineries and vineyards. His Master of Enology degree is from University of Adelaide in Australia, where he focused on practical and technical winemaking and viticulture knowledge. His undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Biology and Environmental Studies is from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Trained in classical French cuisine, Brunk's new restaurant menu features flavorful signature entrees, freshly harvested estate garden side dishes and local, organic items to round out the offering. After graduating at the top of his class at the Culinary School of the Rockies, Brunk has worked with fine restaurants in France, Colorado and Tennessee. A past "Best Menu" winner for the Flavors of Nashville competition, he is the author of a specialty cook book as well. Previously, he served as chef instructor, private chef and executive chef and was restaurant owner of Cooper's on Porter in Nashville. 

The Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette is featuring new menu items including a porcini crusted steak, Marseille style seafood bouillabaisse with crispy calamari garnish, and bacon wrapped stuffed trout with haricot vert and lemon beurre noisette. "Not only are some of our newest entrees prepared with Chateau Morrisette's award-winning wines, but they are created with unique wine pairings in mind, which enhance the flavor," added Brunk. Recently, the winery's Vin Gris and Chardonnay Reserve both received favorable reviews in Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast Review.

"We are excited for Brian to take on this new role, especially with his extensive knowledge of regional wines, technical prowess and diverse industry experience," said David Morrisette, President of Chateau Morrisette. "Likewise, Cooper's passion for French cuisine and his experience in the flourishing Nashville food scene make him well-suited to delight our discerning guests."

Time Posted: Nov 5, 2015 at 6:51 AM
Ashley Gatchel
 
March 3, 2015 | Ashley Gatchel

Chateau Morrisette Winery Announces Spring 2015 Events

FLOYD, Va., March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Located along Virginia's scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, Chateau Morrisette Wineryannounces its Spring 2015 events.

Back by popular demand are Mountain Adventure Weekend and live music in the courtyard on Sundays beginning in June. In addition, signature fine dining events include dinner with Guest Chef Paul Schroeder and the Annual Winemaker's Dinner with Brian Cheeseborough at the Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette.

Upcoming Events

Guest Chef Paul Schroeder, Friday, March 27 - Sunday, March 29, 2015
An award-winning chef from Sonoma, C.A., Paul Schroeder is well-known for preparing innovative rustic Mediterranean cuisine with fresh, local produce, rotisserie meats and seafood. His exclusive menu will be available Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette. During these times, the restaurant will be serving Chef Schroeder's menu exclusively. Reservations are highly recommended and are currently available.

Spring Wine Sale Sunday, April 19 - Monday, May 4, 2015
The winery's Spring Wine Sale features 20% off bottles and 30% off cases online, by phone and at the winery.

Open Houses, Saturdays and Sundays, April 25 – 26 and May 2 – 3, 2015, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The winery will host complimentary tastings for visitors during its Spring Open Houses.  In addition, Kennel Club Members will enjoy tastings and food throughout the winery including upstairs and in the cellar.

Annual Winemaker's Dinner, Sunday, May 24, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
At the Annual Winemaker's Dinner, Chateau Morrisette's award-winning winemaker and oenologist, Brian Cheeseborough, will be on hand to explain wine pairings, talk about his newest wines, and answer questions. Hosted at the Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette, this event is $95 per person inclusive of wine, food, tax and gratuity. The menu will be available 30 days before the event. Reservations are required and now being taken for this event.

Mountain Adventure Weekend, Friday – Sunday, June 5 – 7, 2015
The winery's annual Mountain Adventure Weekend offers outdoor fun for everyone – horseback riding through the vineyard, kayaking down the river, and hiking the scenic mountain terrain. Stay with the winery's lodging partners and enjoy sumptuous meals at the Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette. Reservations will be available beginning April 1, 2015.

Sunday Sounds Music Series, June 7 – October 25, 1 – 4 p.m.
Free Sunday music in the courtyard returns this summer and fall. Relax and enjoy our delicious wines while listening to a wide variety of music every week. New this year, jazz musicians will perform the first Sunday of every month. 

Mountains of Music Homecoming, Sunday, June 14, 2015, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The winery is proud to host a special Sunday Sounds event in the courtyard as part of the Mountains of Music Homecoming presented by the Crooked Road, Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. The event will feature the Sigmon Stringers, a three-generation bluegrass band from Newton, N.C.

About Chateau Morrisette
A fun day trip from Roanoke, Charlottesville, Blacksburg, Christiansburg or the Piedmont Triad or a great weekend away fromWashington, DC, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Raleigh/Durham, Charlotte, Knoxville or Charleston, W.V., Chateau Morrisette is located at Milepost 171.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County, V.A. Wine tastings are $8 per person. For more information, visitwww.thedogs.com, call (540) 593-2865, or follow us on Facebook.

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Time Posted: Mar 3, 2015 at 11:28 AM
Keith Toler
 
February 11, 2015 | Keith Toler

Press Release: Chateau Morrisette announces awards from California wine competitions

PR Newswire Release

FLOYD, Va., Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Chateau Morrisette Winery, located at milepost 171.5 on Virginia's Blue Ridge Parkway, announces its most recent award-winning wines from the prestigious San Diego International Wine Competition and San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The winery's 5 Red Grapes, Our Dog Blue, Nouveau Chien, Chambourcin and Archival 1 – all of which retail for under $20 a bottle – won awards.

At the 2015 San Diego International Wine Competition, Chateau Morrisette's 2012 5 Red Grapes (94 points) won best of class and platinum awards among hybrid reds, and our Dog Blue (95 points) won a platinum award. A platinum medal is given when all judges unanimously award the wine with a gold medal. Also, the 2013 Nouveau Chien (87 points) won a silver award.  

"Chateau Morrissette struck a blow...with a platinum award and score of 94 points for its 2012 5 Red Grapes, a proprietary blend of Bordeaux grapes combined with the hybrid Chambourcin at $15. Virginia is coming up in the wine world and [Chateau] Morrissette is one reason for that," commented Robert Whitley, director of the San Diego International Wine Competition in Creators Syndicate Wine Talk.

At the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, three of the winery's signature wines received silver awards: 2012 Chambourcin, 2013 Nouveau Chien and Our Dog Blue. The 2012 Archival I received a bronze award. Considered the largest competition of American wines in the world, this year's San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition received over 6,300 wine entries, its highest number of wine entries to date.

"We are very pleased with how Chateau Morrisette winery continues to be recognized by experts and wine lovers alike for the exceptional wine we produce," said David Morrisette, president of the winery. "While we are well-known for our well-priced signature and orchard series wines, with our expert winemaker Brian Cheeseborough at the helm, our new blended and varietal wines are flourishing, too."

Chateau Morrisette has established retail distribution throughout Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Tianjin, China. In 2015, the winery is expanding distribution to most of the regions of Kentucky via Bottles and Barrels, a division of Kentucky Eagle, Inc., its newest distributor. The winery plans to increase production to 79,000 cases this year as well.

Chateau Morrisette wines are served at the winery's tasting room and the Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette and can be purchased at the winery, online at www.thedogs.com or at participating retailers.

About Chateau Morrisette

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., Chateau Morrisette is located at Milepost 171.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County, V.A. Wine tastings are $8 per person. For more information, visit www.thedogs.com, call (540) 593-2865, or follow us on Facebook. 

 

Time Posted: Feb 11, 2015 at 7:48 PM