Winery Visit: Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard

The three-day weekend is over, but for for some it was a four-day weekend. If any newish venue in central Virginia deserves taking a day off to visit, it is Merrie Mill Farm and Vineyard. Located in Keswick, VA, the location has become an Instagram darling for its eclectic decor and in lush color palette in shades of pink, gold and blue.

Walking in is like entering another world. It’s quite possibly the best-decorated winery in the state and it’s easy to see how much thought was put into the overall look and feel.

A member of the Merrie Mill team told us the artwork mostly consists of pieces from the owner’s personal art collection.

The actual building is quite simple consisting of a lower level that includes an extensive bar area, high top tables and a cozy seating area by a fireplace. Upstairs you’ll find a loft area that includes public restrooms and the door leading out to the the vine terrace.

We sat outside on the downstairs patio surrounded by views of more outdoor seating and mountains.

The Vine Terrace

Now, about the wine. According to the Merrie Mill website, in 2020 it lost its first vintage to a late frost. So for now, it is offering True Heritage wine sourced from different vineyards in the region. The flight offered consists of all of the wines available for purchase with the exception of the chardonnay. The 2017 True Heritage Viognier, 2018 Estate White Blend, 2020 Rosé, 2018 Estate Red Blend, and 2017 Petit Verdot we all lovely. Standouts were the Viognier, Rose and the Petit Verdot.

Rosé is usually not my favorite wine type, but if I had to pick one to drink, I’d choose this one. It was not too dry, but not sweet at all. It was actually refreshing on a hot day with notes of strawberry and watermelon.

The flight
We chose the chicken salad plate to snack on.

Just 30 minutes from Charlottesville and about an hour from the Shenandoah Valley, Merrie Mill is worth a visit, and another, and another.

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