Things to do

Winery Pot Luck Dinners

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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.

Vintners Wine Tasting

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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 Night

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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!

Read a book

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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. 

Take a stroll

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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! 

Discussion groups

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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.  

Have a Picnic

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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!

Paint with Wine

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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!

Just stop by

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Easily one of the most fun things to do at Chateau MerrillAnne is to just stop by, do a tasting or buy a glass or bottle of wine, sit down and enjoy yourself. Our quiet surroundings are perfect for conversation and enjoying great Virginia wine.

Event Hosting

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Large Group Wine Tastings

Do you have a large (25 or more) group for a wine tasting? We specialize in hosting wine clubs, fund raising wine tours and tour buses in sit down tastings in our pavilion. THESE EVENTS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. We present our award winning wines in an informative and entertaining way. If you need a place to have lunch for your group, we can recommend several area restaurants that would be happy to provide you with box lunches. We can integrate lunch into the tasting or it can be served after the tasting is complete. 

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 We will customize a wine experience to meet the needs of your group. If needed we can also make recomendations of other area wineries that you can include in your tour. Chateau MerrillAnne is located in the rolling farmlands of Orange County, Virginia and is convenient to Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Culpeper Barbouresville and all of Central Virginia.  Call or e-mail us for details and to make your reservation.

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Bachelorette Parties

Bachelorette parties are available as well at either the Pavillion/Tavern OR the Winery Tasting Room (after hours). Or, if you are just doing a tour of wineries, let us know you are coming, we will try and make it special for you. Wine packages for all events are extra and can be custom tailored to meet your needs. Please e-mail the winery to arrange your visit, we would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your event.   

Please remember


 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.  For large parties we MAY be able to give you a seated tasting in our pavilion depending on weather, staffing and pavilion availability. Call ahead for details.

Children and Pets

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.

Outside alcohol

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.