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Chateau Morrisette is among the oldest and largest wineries in Virginia. The award-winning restaurant has a 95% recommendation rate on OpenTable. With fresh vintages, flavors, and events at the winery, restaurant, and vineyard, 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 social media pages Facebook and Instagram.


Shannon Atkins
June 30, 2016 | Shannon Atkins

The Black Dog Jazz Festival Returns July 9


Grace Kelly

Come out and enjoy high energy performances by nationally known vocalist and saxophonist Grace Kelly along with swing, big band, and dance jazz from the Wally West Little Big Band, and one of Floyd's favorites, The Mike Mitchell Jazz Band (video).

Headliner Grace Kelly just received her 7th nomination to DownBeat magazine's critic's poll for alto sax rising stars, this year taking the top spot. Here's what jazz lovers have to say about Ms Kelly:

“Kelly champions accessibility without sacrificing style.” – Village Voice
“charismatic and immensely talented…all the chops in the world” – Downbeat Magazine
“As everybody knows, she is a remarkably mature player” – David Sanborn
“Jazz innovator … Making jazz young” – Billboard

Admission includes all day wine tastings, on site parking and entertainment. Beer, wine, food, and crafts are offered for sale. $20 advance tickets until July 8; $30 at the gate. See more details at the Jazz Festival ticketing page.

Time Posted: Jun 30, 2016 at 9:04 AM Permalink to The Black Dog Jazz Festival Returns July 9 Permalink
Shannon Atkins
June 21, 2016 | Shannon Atkins

Sunday Sounds Lineup

We're pleased to announce this year's performers for Sunday Sounds, free music for your listening pleasure while you sip on the winery courtyard. Enjoy our eclectic array of Americana artists, with jazz every first Sunday! Performers may change; stay current with our calendar.

6/26 Tim Pfeiffer: folk / blues

7/3 Front Porch Swing: jazz

7/10 Nostalgic but Cool: rock, country, 60s

7/17 RagTop: folk rock / blues

7/24 The Sigmon Stringers: bluegrass

7/31 American Roots: Americana

8/7 Lew Woodall: jazz

8/14 Zuzu Welsh Band: rock, blues, country

8/21 Shades of Blue: Americana

8/28 Larry Wishon: southern rock

9/4 Bob Peckman Jazz Trio: jazz

9/11 Cory Campbell: Americana

9/18 Jim Lord: Americana

9/25 Melissa McSherry: Americana

10/2 Virginia Blue Band: jazz

10/9 Pat Anderson: Americana

10/16 Mac Traynham duo: Blue Ridge old time

10/23 Rusty Seesaws: folk-punk, bluegrass

10/30 Indian Run Stringband: Americana

Time Posted: Jun 21, 2016 at 1:47 PM Permalink to Sunday Sounds Lineup Permalink
Brian Smyth
June 2, 2016 | Brian Smyth

2015 Virginia Viognier Released

Chateau Morrisette
2015 Viognier

Bottled: February 2015
Winemaker’s notes: May 2016

Our 2015 Viognier offers melon and apricot on the nose which is complimented by a rich palate reminiscent of honeysuckle and peaches. The Viognier fruit used to make this wine was grown in Tyro, VA. The fruit was whole cluster pressed to minimize skin contact in order to reduce the astringent character Viognier can suffer from. After cold settling, the wine was inoculated in tank and subsequently transferred to barrel for fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was racked and continued to age in barrel until December 2015.

Pair with grilled seafood topped with peach salsa and you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy now or lay down for 3-5 years.
Serving recommendations: 50-55°F

Laboratory specifications:



Titratable acidity:
6.2 g/L

Residual sugars:


Time Posted: Jun 2, 2016 at 9:15 AM Permalink to 2015 Virginia Viognier Released Permalink
Keith Toler
June 2, 2016 | Keith Toler

Chateau Morrisette Announces 2016 Summer Music Events



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


Time Posted: Jun 2, 2016 at 8:46 AM Permalink to Chateau Morrisette Announces 2016 Summer Music Events Permalink
Keith Toler
June 1, 2016 | Keith Toler

Daytime Blue Ridge (WSLS TV 10) Covers Mountain Adventure Weekend

Lindee Katdare, host of Daytime Blue Ridge on WSLS TV 10 came out to Chateau Morrisette to get a preview of all the activities.  She had an opportunity to shoot skeet in our vineyard and get information about all the activities, including horseback riding, the Vine Wined 10K, skeet shooting, Kayaking on the Little River with On the Water Floyd, the wild game restaurant specials, and the live music on Saturday and Sunday.

It's a 4 minute segment.  Click here to view it on DAYTIME BLUE RIDGE

Details for the event can be found on the calendar at THEDOGS.COM

Time Posted: Jun 1, 2016 at 11:47 AM Permalink to Daytime Blue Ridge (WSLS TV 10) Covers Mountain Adventure Weekend Permalink
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