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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.


Slade Mankins Executive Chef
October 26, 2016 | Slade Mankins Executive Chef

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
Keith Toler
July 27, 2016 | Keith Toler

The Black Dog Beach Music Festival Coming Up on August 13, 2016 at Chateau Morrisette

The Embers boast numerous albums and single releases that span decades and all the crazes continuing to exhibit top quality showmanship, musicianship and professionalism. Having been inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and most recently the South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, The Embers are honored to carry the moniker of North Carolina’s Official Ambassadors of Music. This group has traveled the country and the world and have performed for every event imaginable from the highest dignitaries to the hottest back yard frat parties. The Embers were also honored to travel throughout South Korea to perform their Christmas special ‘Christmas with the Embers’ on American Military bases for America’s troops in December of 2007 and 2008. The Embers were awarded Military Coins of Excellence for their distinguished service.

This combination of experience and longevity has allowed THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS to possess a level of versatility few other groups can match. With five lead vocalists and up to three horns, they can perform almost any style of music from up-tempo dance and rock to the smooth easy listening for the more subdued occasions.  The music is GREAT but what sets THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS apart is the personality of the group.  From start to finish every performance becomes a PARTY!  The fun starts at the first note and doesn’t stop until the last.  A performance by THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS is not just a party, it is an EVENT!

The Black Dog Beach Music Festival takes place on August 13, 2016 at Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant's Festival Field.  Advance tickets are $20 and they sell for $30 at the gate.  Admission includes all day wine tastings, a souvenir wine glass, entertainment and free parking.  Well behaved pets on a leash and children of all ages are welcome at the event.  Food, wine, beer and arts are all offered for sale.  For more information, visit THEDOGS.COM


Time Posted: Jul 27, 2016 at 1:28 PM
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

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
February 11, 2016 | Keith Toler

Valentine's Day Weekend at Chateau Morrisette

Natalie Faunce and Lindee Katdare, the hosts of Daytime Blue Ridge on WSLS TV 10 came to visit us at Chateau Morrisette to get a preview of the Puppy Love Dinner menu and the Wine and Chocolate pairing event this Valentine's Day Weekend.  The two sat down and sampled some of Chef Cooper Brunk's specialties and then enjoy a wine and chocolate pairing with our tasting host Robert Longo.  Check out the segment they aired on Daytime Blue Ridge this week.




Time Posted: Feb 11, 2016 at 11:56 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,, call (540) 593-2865, or follow us on Facebook.

SOURCE Chateau Morrisette Winery


Time Posted: Mar 3, 2015 at 11:28 AM
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