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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
May 20, 2016 | Keith Toler

Chateau Morrisette appears on Daytime Blue Ridge to discuss the Winemaker's Dinner

Brian Smyth hosted Lindee Katdare and her cameraman in the cellar at Chateau Morrisette.  They sampled a couple of foods prepared by Chef Cooper Brunk and talked about the intricacies of pairing wine with food.  You can see the entire interview here.


Time Posted: May 20, 2016 at 1:39 PM
Brian Smyth
May 20, 2016 | Brian Smyth

Petit Manseng Released

Chateau Morrisette

2015 Petit Manseng

Bottled: January 2016

Winemaker’s notes: April 2016

An intensely aromatic nose of tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango combine with the sweet, floral smell of honeysuckle in this fine wine. The Petit Manseng grape is consistently high in acid which naturally lends itself to the medium sweet style of this wine.

While Petit Manseng is not as well-known as other white Vitis vinifera grapes, it performs immaculately in Virginia’s climate. It is traditionally grown in southwest France and generally is made into a dessert style wine. The fruit in this bottle was a winemaker’s dream to work with. As harvest approaches our growers sample their vineyards and we taste and analyze the fruit in order to make a picking decision. The main factors we are considering are flavor, sweetness, acidity, upcoming weather and associated damage. As flavor and sugar go up, acidity typically drops off. This didn’t happen with this wine; it ripened beautifully and the weather cooperated. It was grown by skilled viticulturists, picked at the optimal flavor ripeness, fermented cool and slow in stainless steel, and proudly crafted by our winery team.

Petit Manseng’s high acidity makes it a perfect choice for many types of cuisine. This combined with its medium sweetness lends itself particularly well to a dish like Thai green curry or a strong cheese like gorgonzola.

Serving recommendations: 50-55°F 

Time Posted: May 20, 2016 at 1:31 PM
Shannon Atkins
May 19, 2016 | Shannon Atkins

Adventure Weekend on ESPN's the Drive

Mountain Adventure Weekend, June 4 and 5, encourages Chateau Morrisette patrons to enjoy the wilder side of Floyd County, with the Vine Wined 5k trail run benefiting Floyd Humane Society, skeet shooting in the Nancy Morrisette Festival Field, kayaking on the Little River with On the Water of Floyd, and horseback riding through the vineyard with Ride-A-Rescue. Shannon talks with Paul VanWagoner of ESPN about the weekend.

Time Posted: May 19, 2016 at 6:00 AM
Keith Toler
May 17, 2016 | Keith Toler

The Daily Beast mentions Chateau Morrisette

Ripped from the headlines!

Trump Wine Is Built on Acres of Lies

The GOP frontrunner’s claim that he owns ‘the largest winery on the East Coast’ is not true when it comes down to the amount of wine he makes.

Read the entire article - click here.

Time Posted: May 17, 2016 at 1:03 PM
Keith Toler
May 13, 2016 | Keith Toler

Bella Magazine Writes about Chateau Morrisette

We all recognize “the dog” while walking through the grocery store and can’t help but wish that we were spending the afternoon at one of the prettiest wineries in Virginia, Chateau Morrisette! Since first crafting wine in 1978, Chateau Morrisette has made a name for themselves through their involvement in the community and their dedication to excellence. Whether you prefer red, white, sweet, or dry they have the perfect bottle just for you. If you’re celebrating, they have extra-dry sparkling wine for that too!


Thanks to Beck Media Group for including Chateau Morrisette!

Time Posted: May 13, 2016 at 11:31 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.

Here is the Link to the PR Newswire Feature:  PRNEWSWIRE

Time Posted: May 4, 2016 at 6:59 AM
Keith Toler
April 9, 2016 | Keith Toler

Chateau Morrisette Named a Don't Miss Stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway

What an awesome designation from the Charlotte Observer.  We have many Wine Club members from the Charlotte area and we're only 2.5 hours away, so we see a lot of visitors from the Queen City too.  This makes being named one of the top ten don't miss spots by the Charlotte Observer even better.  Here is what they said:

"One of Virginia’s oldest wineries, Chateau Morrisette is a bit of a secret outside the region. But the wine’s good and the bistro and live music series ( make a stop even more worthwhile."

Read the whole article here: Charlotte Observer

Time Posted: Apr 9, 2016 at 11:33 AM
Keith Toler
April 4, 2016 | Keith Toler

Big Fun in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains

Norma Meyer recently visited Chateau Morrisette and wrote a nice segment about her entire visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway region near Roanoke, Virginia.  She is a travel writer and contributor to the Creators Syndicate.  Here is what she had to say about Chateau Morrisette:

"Those favoring fermented grapes and pooches over hooch should head to Chateau Morrisette winery, where the Black Dog red blend is "well bred" and the owners' late black Lab, Hans, graces wine labels and souvenirs. (We're told he was great at lapping up wine spills.) The winery's lauded restaurant is dogged in epicurean details (pomegranate Merlot salad dressing, Chardonnay tomato jam) and provides an intoxicating mountain view."

You can read the entire article and learn more about the region, including Roanoke, VA, Patrick County, Floyd County and Franklin County.



Time Posted: Apr 4, 2016 at 6:43 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

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
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