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[bt_rc_text el_id=”bt_rc_text_883bu0kde3″]BRASELTON, Ga. – March 18, 2019 – Château Élan Winery & Resort, the enchanting 16th century styled château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills, has selected Cliff Drysdale Tennis, the nation’s leading tennis management company, to manage its racquet club. Located just 40 minutes north of Atlanta, Ga., Château Élan is home to a 3,500 acre estate, one of the most awarded wineries on the East Coast, seven delectable restaurants, 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a 35,000 sq. ft. European spa, 45 holes of championship golf and newly renovated racquet club which includes three championship hard courts, two Har-Tru clay courts and four pickleball courts.
“We’re honored to welcome the Cliff Drysdale Tennis team to the Chateau Elan family,” said Ed Walls, general manager, Château Élan Winery & Resort. “With their level of expertise in tennis management, coupled with our recent enhancements, we know this will deliver a superior sport experience to our guests and neighborhood visitors.”
Cliff Drysdale Tennis was founded in 2001 by International Tennis Hall of Famer Cliff Drysdale and partner Don Henderson. Dedicated to growing the game of tennis and strives to develop, Cliff Drysdale Tennis promotes and teaches new programs that bring more tennis to more people. In July 2018, Troon®, the leader in club management, development and marketing acquired Cliff Drysdale Tennis. Tennis courts The acquisition brings together two influential sports management companies that have been excelling around the world for more than two decades. “We are thrilled to work with the great team and stunning property at Château Élan,” said Scott McCulloch, vice president of operations for Cliff Drysdale Tennis. “The brand new tennis facility has immense potential and we look forward to providing the ultimate tennis experience for players of all ages and abilities. This is truly a must-visit destination.” The tennis program at Château Élan will feature a busy schedule of daily programming, tournaments, special events, luxury tennis camps and more. The Racquet Club is open to members, non-members and resort guests with Matt Kirkham named as director of tennis. Kirkham, originally from Nottingham, United Kingdom, has over a decade of coaching experience, including his most recent position as Junior Program Director at Bluewater Bay Tennis Center, also managed by Cliff Drysdale Tennis. Tennis courts
  • Château Élan Winery & Resort As North Georgia’s premier meeting, event and vacation destination, Château Élan Winery & Resort is located just 40 minutes north of Atlanta. On the estate sits a 16th century-styled French château with a full-service winery and tasting bar, a AAA Four Diamond Inn and conference center, a 35,000 sq. ft. European spa, 45 holes of championship golf, newly renovated tennis center, seven delectable restaurants and more. The winery and resort is owned by an affiliate of Wheelock Street Capital and managed by HEI Hotels & Resorts, while Troon manages the golf experience and Cliff Drysdale Tennis manages the racquet club. For more information, call 678-425-0900 or visit chateauelan.com.
  • About Cliff Drysdale Tennis Founded in 2001 by International Tennis Hall of Fame member Cliff Drysdale and partner Don Henderson, specializes in daily tennis and fitness operations and management for resorts, hotels and private clubs; sports design and construction consultation for companies interested in building world-class facilities; educational programs, summer camps, clinics and retreats; and resort, hotel corporate outing planning and leisure operations. CDM is dedicated to growing the game of tennis and strives to develop, promote and teach new programs that bring more tennis to more people. As the sport continues to grow, as does the CDM commitment to hire, educate and advance talented tennis professionals that provide service excellence both on and off the court. Cliff Drysdale Management’s property portfolio currently boasts 30 tennis facilities nationwide, including multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal ranked tennis resorts on Tennis Resorts Online’s Top 100 list. In July 2018, Troon®, the leader in club management, development, and marketing acquired Cliff Drysdale Management. The acquisition brings together two influential sports management companies that have been excelling at locations around the world for more than two decades. For more information, visit www.cliffdrysdale.com
  • 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.
  • 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.
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BRASELTON, Ga. – Feb. 12, 2019 – Château Élan Winery & Resort, the enchanting 16th centurystyle
château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills, proudly
announces Kevin Rosa as director of sales and marketing. In his role, Rosa will be responsible for
planning and implementing sales, marketing and product development strategies, while also
overseeing all sales staff, to deliver maximum revenue while also generating brand awareness.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Kevin officially join the Château Élan family,” said Ed
Walls, general manager, Château Élan Winery & Resort. “With his impressive background, extensive
experience in the hospitality industry and true passion for the resort and our offerings, we know he will bring a fresh perspective to continue to build upon Château Élan’s exceptional reputation.”

As a leader with more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Rosa has a
history of commitment to the Financial and Insurance Planner market for the past 23 years, in addition
to being a member of the Hospitality Partners Committee from 2004-2007. Previous work experience
includes employment in Task Force Sales and Marketing at Strategic Solution Partners, Director of
Sales & Marketing at Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., The Don CeSar in St. Pete Beach,
Fla., Turnberry Isle Miami in Aventura, Fla., The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, NY and other various
sales roles at Sea Island Company, Maritz Travel Company, The Greenbrier and The Breakers.

Located within the bustling Atlanta metro of Braselton, Château Élan Winery & Resort offers
guests traveling for business or leisure a unique destination experience marked by its unmatched
luxury, distinguished offerings and amenities. Home to the most awarded winery in the Southeast,
seven delectable restaurants, 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a destination spa and 45 holes of
championship golf managed by Troon Golf, Château Élan invites guests of all preferences to explore
and enjoy the property’s picturesque land and architecture.

To learn more about Château Élan Winery & Resort or to book an upcoming visit, please visit
chateauelan.com or call 678-425-0900.

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Château Élan Winery & Resort
As North Georgia’s premier meeting, event and vacation destination, Château Élan Winery & Resort
is located just 40 minutes north of Atlanta. On the estate sits a 16th century-styled French château
with a full-service winery and tasting bar, a AAA Four Diamond Inn and conference center, a 35,000
sq. ft. European spa, 45 holes of championship golf, tennis center, seven delectable restaurants and
more. The winery and resort is owned by an affiliate of Wheelock Street Capital and managed by HEI
Hotels & Resorts, while Troon manages the golf experience. For more information, call 678-425-0900
or visit chateauelan.com.

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.

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.


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Chateau Elan has the distinct honor of being one of 700 boutique, luxury hotels worldwide apart of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts. And during her January 28, 2019 show, Ellen DeGeneres gave each of her audience members a $500 iPrefer giftcards (yes, they can be used to stay at Chateau Elan)! 

See the whole clip from The Ellen Show here: https://www.ellentube.com/video/ellen-gives-amazing-presents-for-her-61st-birthday-show.html 

 


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The 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest and most prestigious wine competition in the United States with over over 6800 wines from 1132 wineries competing to be the best.

In previous years Chateau Elan has placed well in San Francisco winning the Double Gold with Les Petits in 2017 and a handful of other Silver, Gold and Bronze medals.

This year, the FINGERPRINT COLLECTION MONTEPULCIANO 2016 won theBEST OF CLASS award together with the CHARDONNAY RESERVE which received a GOLD MEDAL in the over $25 chardonnay category.

Congratulations to Winemaker Simone Bergese and the Chateau Elan Winery for this outstanding performance!


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Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Awards’ Survey is open, now until March 4, 2019 and we are so excited that Chateau Elan has been included!

We realize you have a choice in hotels, and we greatly appreciate your business. We’re excited to share the ballots are now open for the Travel + Leisure 2019 ‘World’s Best Awards’ and would be honored for you to rate your experience to help Travel + Leisure consider us for this recognition.

Your comments are incredibly valuable to us. To view the complete ballot and vote for your favorite hotels worldwide, please visit tlworldsbest.com now through March 4, 2019. We look forward to seeing the results of the ‘World’s Best Awards’ in the August 2019 issue of Travel + Leisure. Enter at: tlworldsbest.com

(Note, you will have to enter in a few details such as email address, zip code, etc. and answer a few questions in order to cast your ballot)


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Here at Chateau Elan we LIVE for the holidays and everything that comes with them. Wine Bottle Trees, festive decor, wine, special menus and of course… delicious seasonal cocktails. Master Mixologist, Jimmy, oversees all our bars at Chateau Elan and shared his two favorite holiday cocktails to try this Christmas.

You can try these at home… or if you are visiting head over to our L’Auberge lounge and try them there!


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BRASELTON, Ga. – Dec. 20, 2018 – Château Élan Winery & Resort, the enchanting 16th century-styled château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills, is pleased to announce it will be offering the rare and extremely limited edition of Queen Tahiti Brut D’Ananas Pineapple Wine – the handcrafted premium collection created by Simone Bergese, executive winemaker at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, beginning this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, available for tasting or purchase until supplies last.


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Will you be one of the many enthusiastic fans of college football attending this year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta?

If so, we invite you to take your accommodations to a whole other level with a stay at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, where we’ll shower you with full-on luxury within easy reach of the Peach Bowl action at the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Launched in 1968—when the Louisiana State University Tigers bested the Florida State Seminoles—and sponsored by Chick-fil-A (which is headquartered in the Atlanta metro area), the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl lands this year on Saturday, December 29th.


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The Peach Drop gives Atlanta its own nationally known New Year’s Eve tradition, and there’s no more luxurious and well-appointed place to stay for it than Chateau Elan Winery & Resort!

New Year’s Eve in Atlanta

Official details on this year’s Peach Drop haven’t yet been released, but likely will be soon. And the main event is almost self-explanatory: the descent of a massive fiberglass and foam peach—Georgia’s the Peach State, remember?—to mark the stroke of midnight and usher in a freshly minted 2019.