As a part of our $25 Million transformation this year, the Inn Lobby just finished an incredible renovation complete with a large, chateau-style custom carved limestone fireplace, welcoming seating and hand-tufted rugs. The hand-painted piece of art behind the front desk is simply STUNNING (and shimmers from every angle)! Let us know what you think during your next visit!

In addition, the new Coffee & Wine Bar, Le Petit Cafe, located off the Inn Lobby opens up in October. Stay tuned for more photos and info soon.

Design by Blur Workshop
Photo by Mike Miller
Learn more HERE.


We are so excited to announce that Winemaker Simone Bergese and the Chateau Elan Winery brought home big scores from the recent Beverage Wine Tasting Institute in Chicago. Try them next time you visit the Tasting Room!

93 • Château Élan (GA) 2018 Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, American. $25 Gold Medal

88 • Château Élan (GA) 2017 Reserve, Merlot, American. $27 Silver Medal

88 • Château Élan (GA) 2017 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, American. $29 Silver Medal

89 • Château Élan (GA) 2017 Fingerprint Collection, Malbec, American. $60 Silver Medal


Visited the Golf Club lately? You may have noticed our staff sporting the brand new Golf colors and logo. Like the look? There’s a bit of a story behind it…

Throughout the last thirty years Château Élan Winery & Resort has created a legacy across the Southeast. Known for amazing wine, iconic vineyard views and the highest level of customer service; the Château Élan guest experience is one that people know and love. The Château Élan Golf Club is proud to be part of that legacy.

Following the stunning top-to-bottom renovation of the Golf Club, Pavilion and Golf Grille in 2018, combined with the new leadership of Troon Golf, the Château Élan Golf Club has continued to grow in both reputation and demand. It was time for the Club to take on an identity all its own that we believe will only further the legacy and reputation of Château Élan.

We hope you will join us in wearing and sharing our new look with pride!


After an extensive review of its production practices and ingredients, Château Élan Winery & Resort is now a staple in the vegan community having gained global vegan certification by BevVeg International — a law firm that specializes in vegan certification, regulation and advocacy — for its muscadine wines including Duncan Creek, Duncan Creek Red, Duncan Creek Rose, Summer Wine, Spring Blossom and Autumn Blush.

The majority of people are unaware that wine, although made from grapes, may have been made using animal-derived products. During the wine making process, the liquid is filtered through substances called “fining agents.” This process is used to remove protein, yeast, cloudiness, flavor, coloring and other organic particles. Around the world, conscious companies are starting to embrace higher standards of production and Château Élan proudly joins the prestigious ranks of wineries using a plant-based, cruelty-free approach verified by BevVeg International.

Featured as the GOLD STANDARD for vegan certification, BevVeg is nationally recognized for its efforts in Forbes, PETA, CBS, NBC and was also endorsed by celebrity supermodel, Christie Brinkley.

To learn more, visit www.bevveg.com.


BRASELTON, Ga. – June 28, 2019 – As part of its ongoing multi-million dollar renovation, Château Élan Winery & Resort celebrates the opening of Marc Bar & Restaurant, the southern-inspired bar and chophouse, situated within the resort’s 16th century-styled château and winery. Designed to complement the resort’s vast locale, Marc opens its doors to lush vineyard views and a completely refreshed menu with a special focus on artisanal libations curated by new Winery Chef, Jarad Blanton – who brings more than 20 years of food and beverage experience to Château Élan.

“Known for being one of the most awarded wineries on the east coast, Château Élan has an established history for creating exceptional wine. As we continue to excel in this area, we’re pleased to revive the former Marc Bar & Restaurant and invite guests and locals alike to shake things up and go beyond the vine,” said Ed Walls, general manager, Château Élan Winery & Resort. “With our modernized design, combined with Chef Blanton’s revamped menu and craft beverages, Marc sets the tone for a true destination dining experience.”

Marc Bar & Restaurant features a curated list of wine, champagne, beer and an exclusive assortment of inventive cocktails. Featuring fresh sips such as the Bulldog Smash, Marc-hattan, Rhubarb & Strawberry Collins, Summer Cooler, Mexican Martini, St Germaine Sangria and more, those opting for no booze can choose from a selection of hand-crafted mocktails including the Garden Lemonade or Vineyard Refresher.

The cuisine at Marc features hand-selected premium aged steaks and southern-inspired dishes, boasting both small and large plates, as well as desserts, perfect for sharing or savoring alone. Bites include everything from Dry Age Ribeye with Blue Cheese Port Butter and Seared Sea Scallops to Sweet Soy Glazed Mahi Mahi with Avocado Butter, House Made Pappardelle and more.

Conceptualized by the Atlanta-based interior and architectural design firm, BLUR Workshop, the team was tasked to lead the resort’s renovation and deliver a distinctly southern design, inspired by the surrounding rolling hills and vineyards. Accessorized with industrial lighting, French oak accents and local artwork, further defining its sense of place, the new rustic ambiance adds a sleek soapstone bar to the back of the existing restaurant, creating a rich yet intimate gathering space. Acting as a decorative entrance, Marc is surrounded by herringbone floors leading into the winery tasting room which added romantic details and enclosed booths, which are almost six feet tall, providing guests with the option to have a more private experience.

Located within the bustling Atlanta metro of Braselton, Château Élan Winery & Resort is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts L.V.X. Collection, which represents renowned properties that feature the finest accommodations coupled with attentive, engaging, and exclusive personal service. The resort offers guests a unique destination experience marked by its unmatched luxury, distinguished offerings and amenities. Home to one of the most awarded wineries on the east coast, a variety of delectable restaurants, 40,000-square-feet of meeting space, a 35,000-square-foot European spa, 45 holes of championship golf and a newly renovated golf club house and tennis center, Château Élan invites guests of all preferences to explore and enjoy the property’s picturesque land and architecture.

Marc Bar & Restaurant is open daily to locals and hotel guests and can accommodate groups, happy hours, private parties and business mixers. Hours of operation include lunch service Friday – Sunday from 11:30am – 3pm; Dinner service daily 5:30pm – 9pm; Bar service 3pm – 10pm Sunday – Thursday and 3pm – 11pm Friday – Saturday. For more information, please visit Marc’s website HERE or call 678-425-6916.


About HEI Hotels & Resorts

HEI Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., is a leading hospitality company that acquires, develops, owns and operates full-service, upper upscale and luxury hotels and resorts, as well as, premium select-service hotels throughout the United States under such well-known brand families as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. HEI takes a holistic approach to creating value for its investors and employees by setting the highest standards across all aspects of hotel management and operation and focusing on the central principles of excellence and continuous improvement. HEI prides itself on some of the highest employee satisfaction scores in the hospitality industry, fuels local economic prosperity by investing in communities and is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. For more information about HEI, visit www.heihotels.com.

About Wheelock Street Capital

Wheelock Street Capital (www.wheelockst.com) was formed in 2008 by Rick Kleeman and Jonathan Paul, two veteran real estate private equity investors, each with over 25 years of broad real estate transaction experience across all major asset classes. Wheelock has since raised over $2 billion in capital commitments and is currently investing its fifth fund comprising $725 million of commitments from leading pension funds, endowments and foundations. Wheelock will invest in a broad range of real estate assets throughout the United States. The fund may invest directly or with high quality joint venture partners through a variety of capital structures and transaction types, including acquisitions, restructurings, and recapitalizations.

About BLUR Workshop

BLUR Workshop is a design firm based out Atlanta, GA comprised of a team of energetic and capable professionals that have worked together continuously for the last 23 years. Our team offers full professional design services for both hospitality interior design and hospitality architecture. These services are led by industry veterans Liz Neiswander, Foreman Rogers, Scott Sickeler, Peter Green and Scott Morris. Together, this team has been instrumental in the design of $2.75 billion and 10,750,000 sq. ft. of constructed, award-winning work, delivered in budget and on time without a claim. BLUR Workshop was created with purpose. Even the name reflects our vision. We believe great hospitality environments blend exterior and interior, architecture and interior design. We think this notion is even more important in making a great resort. It is this blurring of disciplines that truly represents the way we approach our design process. The Workshop portion of our name comes from a desire to have a more hands-on design process in which models and mockups become even more integral to our detailed and thoughtful design process.


We are so excited to announced that once again, Château Élan Winery & Resort has secured a placement on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Award ballot.

Available for voting now through June 30, 2019 online: HERE

HOW TO VOTE: select “Hotels & Resorts” and enter “Braselton” into the location.

All results will appear in the November 2019 issue, as well as online.

Thank you!


Happy International Pineapple Week!

To coincide with Preferred Hotels & Resorts International Pineapple Week, June 1-9, don’t miss out on these delicious cocktails on property this week! 

All Cocktail Specials are $12


CANDY MARTINI – Ketel One Oranje, Butterscotch Schnapps, Grenadine, Pineapple Juice

TROPICAL BREEZE – Malibu Rum, Tito’s Vodka, Blue Curacao, Orange juice, Pineapple Juice

BLUE HAWAII – Malibu Rum, Gosling Dark Rum, Blue Curacao, Sweet Sour, Pineapple Juice

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN –Amaretto, Malibu Rum, Cranberry and Pineapple Juice

ORCHIDS PICK MARTINI – Hendricks Gin, Pama Liqueur, Pomegranate and Pineapple Juice


TAHITI TSUNAMI: Malibu Rum⁣, Pineapple juice⁣, Strawberry puree⁣, Pineapple champagne ⁣

We are pleased to participate in the Preferred Hotels & Resorts International Pineapple Week, June 1-9.
The pineapple has a 500+ year legacy as the emblem of hospitality and has been used as a way to express to guests “you are welcome here.” Chateau Elan Winery & Resort is proud to be recognized as a Preferred property that embodies this philosophy by exceeding expectations in service for every guest.


Chateau Elan Winery & Resort is excited to share that Marc is taking part in the James Beard Foundation and Mushroom Council’s 5th annual Blended Burger Project. Grab our featured burger, made with 25% mushrooms, May 27–July 31 in Marc!

Snap a photo and use the hashtag #BlendedBurgerProject on social media.

Marc is featuring a burger patty specifically made with 25% shiitake mushrooms with Ground Angus Beef and porcini mushroom powder shallot and gochujang sauce. It’s topped with Yum Yum sauce, pickled watermelon radish and fresh daikon sprouts on a brioche bun.

After you’ve experienced the burger…

Vote for Marc at Chateau Elan HERE.
How to? Search for ‘marc’ then “heart” our photo! 


Chateau Elan takes great pride in providing the most personalized service to all our guests. As the most-awarded Winery on the East Coast we receive visitors from all over the United States and we want every guest to have a 5 STAR EXCELLENT experience that is part of the legacy of Chateau Elan Resort.

Winery Vineyard Vignette

“A Great Stay” My wife and I stayed at the beautiful Chateau Elan Resort for a quick get away, we just want it to relax for a few days. From the time we check-in until we left, everything was top notch. Our check-in experience with Mr. Hakan was very pleasant, he gave us a great run down of what we would be able to do while we are staying here. The room was very clean and everything was working. We ate at marc, Paddy’s and Breakfast in Versailles, food was delicious and serves was great. The wines were surprisingly good and the winery got a great face-lift. Overall, we had a fantastic time and we can’t wait to be back soon.”

There is no better seal of approval than being recognized by our customers through the 2019 Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame awarded by TripAdvisor. This unique accolade is granted only to qualified businesses that have earned a TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the past FIVE consecutive years.

While it is exciting and rewarding for our dedication to excellence to be recognized on the world’s largest travel site, we know these awards are only earned by receiving consistently great reviews from our amazing guests who chose to share their experience with other travelers. THANK YOU! Words are not enough to thank you and express how grateful we are for allowing us to serve you. Thank you for generously sharing your story online for the entire world to read.

Outdoor view of grounds

Come visit us and discover why we have so many excellent reviews. We’d love to add you to the Chateau Elan family.


Winemaker Simone Bergese is excited to announce the release of a BRAND NEW addition to the fan-favorite Duncan Creek collection. Duncan Creek Rosé hits the Tasting Room for tasting and purchase on MONDAY, MAY 27!

The Winery Tasting Room will be open 11am – 5pm on Memorial Day and we encourage you to stop by to try it. Get 10% off your bottle purchase of this new wine that day only.

The new Duncan Creek Rosè is crafted with 100%  Georgia grown Muscadine grapes. Winemaker Simone says it shows the classic exotic nuances and perfume of this beloved Southern grape variety and consumes the senses. A sweet, crisp wine, best served chilled, it has a beautiful light pink color and is 15.5% alcohol.