Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard

Hospitality meets quirky, maximalist design at this vineyard and wine-tasting room near Charlottesville, Virginia
Elizabeth and Guy Pelly pose in their swanky wine-tasting room at Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard

Banish the traditional vineyard wine-tasting room and bring on some serious chic. Elizabeth and Guy Pelly, owners of Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard near Charlottesville, Virginia, engaged project head Jenn Grandcamp of the spirited design firm Kemble Interiors to revamp their wine-tasting room.

Elizabeth explains her vision for the space: “I wanted the tasting room to feel like a home, both architecturally and decoratively. Jenn and I used eclectic furnishings—a mix of modern and old—along with personal artwork and lots of color, pattern, and texture. There is a lot to look at—sort of a maximalist wonderland.”

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The duo also took inspiration from old cabinets of curiosities. The decor is a mash-up of eras and ideas—zoological wallpaper, custom blown-glass chandeliers from Rothschild & Bickers, and copper bars.

With a simple menu of shareables such as cheese and charcuterie, chicken salad, and pimento cheese, the wine-tasting room is making its mark in this quaint area, inviting visitors to eat, drink, and be Merrie!

By Julie Gillis | Photography courtesy of Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard

For more from Kemble Interiors, see “The Colony Hotel’s Pink Paradise.”

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This story appears in Flower magazine’s November/December 2021 issue, available on newsstands November 2. Subscribe, find a store near you, or sign up for our free e-newsletter.

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