Have a ball at Potomac Point Winery with our new bocce ball court in Merlot Meadow!  Fun for any age, it is a great way to take in the scenery while sipping and swirling. Gather some friends and get a date on the calendar.  Descended from an ancient game of the Roman Empire, bocce involves rolling balls on long smooth courts. It’s a social game with plenty of opportunity for laughter and joking around.  Even if you have never played before, bocce ball is a pretty easy game to pick up on the fly. Depending on the crowd, it can be as competitive or lax as you would like.  Bocce ball rental includes the use of our bocce ball court for two hours, all necessary bocce ball equipment, and seating for up to 16 guests. Wine & picnic foods are available for purchase. $45.  PPW’s Bocce Ball court will be open through Nov. 15th, 2021 (closed for the winter).

Please note, bistro food & wine cakes are not available in this area.  Outside food & non-alcoholic beverages are permitted.


Bocce Ball:

The object of the game is to roll your bocce balls closer to the pallino (little white ball) than your opponent.  Balls are tossed or rolled underhand.


  • One Player per team = four balls per player
  • Two Platers per team = two balls per player
  • Four players per team = one ball per player


  1. Re-fill drink and hold in non-throwing hand.
  2. One team tosses the pallino (little white ball) into the playing area. The pallino must be thrown past the center line and no further than the four-foot line.
  3. The first team throws their bocce ball. Taking alternating turns, each team throws their balls toward the pallino to (A) get their ball closest to the pallino, (B) to move the pallino closer to their ball, or (C) move the opponents’ ball.  The winning team begins the next frame.


  • In each frame, only one team scores. One point is given for each bocce ball that is closer to the pallino than the opposing team’s bocce balls. If two teams are equal in distance from the pallino, no points are awarded in the frame.  Bocce balls that are directly touching the pallino, referred to as a “kiss”, count for two points.
  • The games continues until 12 points have been scored.  Cheers!

Photography by Chloe Cummings