Beat the Heat at 3500 Feet
Enjoy a Blue Ridge Mountain Getaway to Chateau Morrisette in Beautiful Floyd, Virginia
By Keith Toler
Chateau Morrisette is located along the Crest of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains at milepost 171.5 of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Just an hour off I-81 (exit 114), Chateau Morrisette Winery is open daily for cellar tours, wine tastings and shopping. Wine educators will entertain and educate you about the diverse selection of Chateau Morrisette wines, from dry varietals to sweet blends, along with four very popular fruit wines. Tastings last about 20 minutes and cost $10 per adult. Cellar tours are offered at specific times throughout the day.
Guests visiting Wednesday through Sunday can enjoy locally sourced, contemporary Appalachian cuisine at the Chateau Morrisette Restaurant, located adjacent to the winery. Ranked by Open Table as having one of the top 100 restaurant views in America, the Chateau Restaurant offers casual fine dining in a rustically elegant setting. Terrace dining is available when weather permits, and during the cooler months, there are three wood-burning fireplaces for an even more romantic dining experience. Executive Chef Mitchell Sheppard changes the menu seasonally to take advantage of the fresh produce grown on the estate and by a local network of farmers. The current menu consists of grass fed beef, Virginia and North Carolina seafood, poultry, pork and dairy from nearby farms; each course comes with a suggested wine pairing.
Looking for special events and exciting adventures? Chateau Morrisette is well known for its wine dinners, summer music festivals, outdoor recreation events, and more. From June through October, there are free concerts every Sunday on the winery courtyard, with a featured jazz band every first Sunday. Over Memorial Day Weekend, a limited number of guests will enjoy dinner with the winemaker, along with a special menu designed by Chef to showcase the very best Chateau
Morrisette wines. In July, the Black Dog Summer Music Festival features Americana Music. Beth McKee delivers fiery-sweet, deep southern grooves, and Austin soul ensemble Mingo Fishtrap heats up the dance field with horn-driven rhythm. Beach Music comes to the mountains in August for the Black Dog Beach Music Festival. Steve Owens and Summertime open the festival, with the Dancing Chicken Band at mid-day, and an afternoon performance from Carolina Beach Music legends the Entertainers. In September, guests have an opportunity to work in the vineyard and make some wine for a half day, spend some time with plein aire painters, or have an early Oktoberfest with the Wine, Beer and Brats festival. There is always a good time to be had at Chateau Morrisette.
When the summer humidity along the Potomac becomes oppressive, a visit to Chateau Morrisette and Floyd County, Virginia is just the ticket to beat the heat. While in the area, don’t miss the world famous Friday night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store, or stop by and sample some moonshine at Five Mile Mountain Distillery, craft beer at Buffalo Mountain Brewing, cider at Foggy Ridge, or even meade at Black Snake Meadery, all located within minutes of Chateau Morrisette. Hiking, rafting and other outdoor adventures are available nearby. Lodging packages are available on the website and include mountain cabins, quaint bed and breakfast inns, hotels, and cottages. For more information, visit www.thedogs.com.