The Morrisette family planted their first grape vines in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia near Floyd in 1978. There were no other working wineries in the State of Virginia at that time. Working in the basement of his home, David Morrisette produced the first commercial wine in 1982 with the help of his ever-trusty companion, Hans, a black Labrador Retriever that helped him graduate from Mississippi State University.
What began in 1978 as “a hobby that soon got out of hand,” according to NancyMorrissette, Château Morrissette has grown into one of the largest wineries in Virginia,producing more than 60,000 cases per year. Nestled in the mountains along the BlueRidge Parkway, Château Morrissette features nineteen different wines and utilizesproduction from over 150 acres of vineyards either on site or from growers throughoutthe Commonwealth.