These sociable events are perfect for trying new food and meeting new friends. We supply the main course and ask each attendee to bring a dish and purchase 1 bottle of Chateau MerrillAnne wine. That's it! Then just come and enjoy. Pre registration is required. Contact winery for dates and details. Seating is limited.
These seated, after hours wine tastings offer you the chance to sit down with the winery owners and try both the wines on the current tasting list, and wines that are not currently being tasted. A small meat and cheese plate is included as is the souvenir tasting glass. These events typically last an hour. Seating is very limited.
Game nights vary from event to event. But one thing they always have in common is great wine, good people and lots of fun! Watch our Facebook page for postings about our next Game Night!
It's amazing how well wine and chocolate go together! At any given time we have different variations of our wine and chocolate pairings available. We use only the finest of Belgian chocolate, made exclusively for us. You can add chocolate to your wine tasting or do a stand alone pairing!
Enjoy the challenge of our current jigsaw puzzle. Located in the Rudder room (our lounge room) the purpose built "Jigsaw table" always holds a puzzle in progress. Work on it as long or as little as you want and be sure to sign the puzzle sign-in list so once it is finished we can give everyone credit on social media!
Beside our front door is a small room that few notice, we call it the Raleigh Room. Its cozy, dimly lit and full of the ambiance of an old tavern. Hanging on the wall is a shelf with a vinyl record turntable and a stack of records, most from the '60's, 70's and 80's. Feel free to enjoy the room and "spin a platter" as you have a glass of wine.
Located in our pavilion, beside the tasting room, is "Suki's Tiki wine Bar". Open Saturdays from 11 to 5 Suki's offers wine by the glass and bottle, sangria and absolutely delicious wine cocktails. Order a "Pineapple Pussycat and enjoy it in the pavilion with a cool breeze blowing and satellite music playing.
Several times a year we have Chef Jim Steele prepare a flighted wine dinner. He does an incredible job of both preparation and pairing each course perfectly to a Chateau MerrillAnne wine. Typically we will have these dinners "Al Fresco" in our pavilion. Chef Steele's incredible menu and Chateau MerrillAnne's wine make for an incredible meal. These events are by reservation only.
One of just a few public, regulation sized courts in Virginia, it is free to play. Bocce is the worlds most popular yard game and a game anyone can play. It is quite sociable by nature but can be as competitive and strategic as the players want. Learning the game literally takes two minutes, we will explain and demonstrate the game and you will be playing like a pro in no time!
Nothing is more relaxing than reading a book and drinking wine. Bring one of your own books, or pick up one of ours. Get a glass of wine, find a relaxing seat in the tasting room, on the deck or in the meadow and enjoy your day.
Exercise is key to a healthy body and soul. Walking can help you live a healthier life, and give you an opportunity to clear your mind. When we are open please stop by, park at the tasting room and go for a stroll. From the tasting room to the front gate and back is almost a mile. Then reward yourself with a glass of wine!
We offer various discussion groups at Chateau MerrillAnne. Topics range from "Wine 101, an intro to wine" to "An introduction to Beekeeping". Do you have a subject you would be interested in? If so let us know.
Unlike some wineries, we love when people bring lunch. After all, food and wine are meant to be together! So pack a picnic lunch, bring a bunch of friends and get a picnic table in the meadow, a spot on the deck or a table in the tasting room and enjoy yourselves!
Local artist, Betsy McGinnis, will walk you thru an incredible painting experience. Subjects such as "Paint your Pet" and "Mason Jar with Flowers" are creative and personal ways for you to decorate your home. Betsy is a true artist, who really enjoys teaching. A wonderful creative experience!
Easily one of the most fun things to do at Chateau MerrillAnne is to just stop by, do a wine tasting at the bar or buy a glass or bottle of wine, sit down and enjoy yourself. Our quiet surroundings are perfect for conversation and savoring great Virginia wine.
Bachelorette parties are available as well at the Winery Tasting Room (after hours). Wine packages for all events are extra and can be custom tailored to meet your needs. Or, if you are just doing a tour of wineries and want to make a stop here, let us know you are coming, we will try and make it special for you. Please e-mail the winery to arrange your visit, we would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your event.
Please call ahead for groups of 8 or larger. Buses and Limos are welcome, but call first and plan on arriving before 1PM. We specifically designed our tasting room to be small and intimate to allow for personalized individual attention as you experience our wines. If you plan to arrive via limo or with a large group, please call ahead so we can ensure you have that same experience.
Wineries are adult spaces. However children are welcome at Chateau MerrillAnne provided they are CLOSELY WATCHED AND WELL BEHAVED. Do not let your children run around without supervision. This is a farm and there are areas that could be dangerous for unsupervised children. Please be courteous of other patrons who come here to enjoy the quiet country atmosphere.
Well mannered dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed and restrained at all times. Absolutely no cat chasers inside. Please clean up after your dog. If your dog needs water, let us know and we will happily provide it.
Absolutely NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL allowed. This violates our Virginia ABC license and could cause us to lose our license. Violators will be considered trespassers and will be treated as such.
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