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BRASELTON, Ga. – Jan. 10, 2017 – Château Élan Winery & Resort, the enchanting 16th century-styled château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills, announces today its official sale to an affiliate of Greenwich, Connecticut based real estate investment firm, Wheelock Street Capital. Together with the estate’s newly appointed luxury management team, HEI Hotels & Resorts, and championship golf and club management by Troon Golf, Wheelock will usher in a new era of luxury and refinement for the iconic resort.

Investing more than $20 million in a comprehensive renovation and refresh, Wheelock and its operating partners will elevate the estate’s 394 exquisite guestrooms, as well as common areas of the resort, including the renowned spa, winery and golf clubhouse. The renovation will both enhance Château Élan’s signature appearance and service to a new level of luxury and sophistication, while honoring the Braselton icon’s serene spirit and rich history.

“We are excited and honored to officially join the Château Élan community,” commented Patrick Campbell, principal and head of hotel acquisitions at Wheelock Street Capital. “As we begin this new chapter, we look forward to enhancing the resort’s product and service offerings, while maintaining the estate’s character and charm, to deliver guests an even more unforgettable guest experience than ever before.”

“Our town is excited to support the new owners of Château Élan and we expect to frame a positive relationship with Wheelock Street Capital as we have enjoyed with Donald and Nancy Panoz. We welcome HEI Hotels & Resorts and Wheelock Capital to the Town of Braselton,” said Bill Orr, mayor of Braselton.

“We are very pleased that we are able to pass on the legacy of Chateau Elan Resorts to capable national operators like HEI Hotels & Resorts and Troon Golf, and are confident they will carry on our tradition of the subtle difference of excellence,” said Dr. Don Panoz, founder and previous owner of Château Élan Winery & Resort.

Located within the bustling Atlanta metro of Braselton, Château Élan 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.

Few golf resorts possess the beauty and variety offered by Château Élan, from the rolling Georgia hills, to the serene valley lakes on the Château. Led by the pre-eminent leader in golf and club management, Troon Golf provides personalized service and expertise providing extraordinary experiences. Château Élan also touts Atlanta metro’s only spa destination, complete with 35 treatment rooms and sweeping views of the estate’s sparkling lake and canopied trees.

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.

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.

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.

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What better way to cheer up a chilly Wednesday with today’s featured Spring wedding! Danielle & Steven’s elegant Atlanta wedding day started with a sunny Inn Atrium ceremony and a Winery Pavilion reception followed.

Who doesn’t love a classy spring wedding? From the boho chic rose and eucalyptus bouquets, and blush v-neck taffeta bridesmaids dresses, to the delicate lace detailed wedding gown, we can’t get over the simple romance!

 

Vendor List

Photographer: Sarah Slavik Photography

Decor/Florist: Cathy Taylor/Your Event Solutions 

Entertainment (DJ): Rich Leggitt/Black Tie Events

Wedding Cake: Unforgettable Wedding Cakes 

Wedding Coordinator: Hester Parks/Park Avenue Events

Venue: Chateau Elan Atrium and Pavillion

To see more of our wedding photos check us out on Facebook. 

Start planning your dream wedding at Chateau Elan today.

 


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Happy 2018! 2017 was a huge year for Chateau Elan and there is no better way to relive it than through photos. Enjoy our “best nine” from Instagram + nine other memorable moments from this year. Psst, follow us on the ‘gram @ chateau_elan for more gorgeousness in your feed.

Nine other moments that punctuated 2017 forever?

…rocking the night away with some amazing corporate events.

…St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Paddy’s Irish Pub.

…marc opened in the Winery and the world was introduced to Chef Udick’s amazing buttermilk pie.

…Crystal & the Pool Bar team served up amazing drinks all Summer long.

…We sipped and eclipsed at the Winery.

…The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance again graced the golf course.

…VineyardFest 2017 had record-breaking numbers.

…a beautiful four inches of snow in December.

…holiday decor and wine bottle trees that continues to wow guests.

HAPPY 2018! 

Are we on your travel bucket list this year? 


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Last weekend our resort (and most of Atlanta and north Georgia) was transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland. This doesn’t happen often and while the snow is gone now, we can’t help but share some of our favorite photos from our (rare) “white Christmas.”

Need some gift ideas? Keep reading for our holiday gift guide! Spoil your special someone this season with the gift of Chateau Elan. We like to think its the only way to gift wrap a resort and spa (and who doesn’t want that?!). Shop our wide selection of online gift cards and discover gifts perfect for the golf enthusiast, wine connoisseur, spa lover or foodie in your life. Pssst.. get free shipping on all gift card orders now through Monday, December 18 with code FREE.

FOR THE WINE LOVER

  • Quarterly or year-long Wine Club membership. The gift that keeps on giving! Purchase a one year or quarterly wine club membership for as low as $50 a quarter. Choose from sweet, red, white or classic membership and explore the perks HERE.
  • Talk about a tasty wow factor… our custom label wine is perfect for those that want to give a bottle or case of wine with that extra special touch. View options HERE.
  • All about the basics? Shop our wine online HERE. Pssst, December 20-22 we will be running a HUGE FLASH sale on all Muscadry wine. Join our mailing list or follow us on social media to be the first to see the promo code!

FOR THE SPA LOVER

  • We pride ourselves on having the most luxurious, romantic and upscale spa for men and women in the Atlanta area. Purchase a gift card for a massage, pedicure or one of our custom spa day packages online. Or let them customize their own spa experience with a simple dollar amount! Our luxury gift cards are shipped in beautiful red packaging and always a favorite.
  • Take the spa experience up a notch with a gift certificate for an overnight stay in one of our exclusive spa suites. Explore the gorgeous suite photos HERE.
  • Want something more tangible to give this Christmas? Let our Spa Gift Shop staff customize a spa gift basket with items starting at just $5. Contact Kris at 678-425-6064 to start your order! Happy Spaliday!

FOR THE GOLFER

  • With 63 holes of championship golf we’ve got something for everyone! Give a round of golf, unlimited golf package or stay and play gift certificate! The golfer in your life will thank you.
  • Stay right on the course in our two and three bedroom golf villas. Explore them HERE.
  • Our golf shop also creates custom golf baskets and has a wide variety of logoed items including hats, polos, beanies and more! Call for more information: 678-425-9117  

But don’t let that stop you! We have wonderful gifts for foodies (our weekly cooking class package is a fan favorite), couples romantic weekend getaways, girls trip packages and so much more!

Happy Holidays!


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Another fairy tale ending for the books! Today we’re featuring Autumn and Justin’s happily ever after with photography by Paris Mountain Photography. From their sunlit Atrium ceremony to the gorgeous rose-accented center pieces at their ballroom reception, we can’t get enough.

Autumn’s jaw-dropping diamond studded bodice and layered tulle ball gown gave us major throwbacks to our childhood princess wedding fantasies. She stood out among her bridesmaids who were in classic black satin, one shouldered dresses. Her pastel palette rose bouquet complimented her dress perfectly as well as the glamorous Paris Ballroom reception decor.

 

To see more of our wedding photos check us out on FACEBOOK.

Start planning your DREAM WEDDING at Chateau Elan today.


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December 1 is here and with it the holiday season is ushered in with all the trappings. We have fully decked our halls and December is a wonderful time to visit Chateau Elan. Learn more about our holiday packages HERE.

BY THE NUMBERS

20 hours for set up by Your Event Solution
17 Trees on Property
2 Wine Bottle Trees
850 Wine Bottles on each Tree.
1 SPECTACULAR Holiday Season!

Take a photo journey through our property to experience our favorite holiday decor spots!

The Winery Wine Bottle Tree

Holiday drinks galore

Inn Atrium Decor

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!


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We are so excited to introduce new craft cocktails and two new menu items to our L’Auberge Lounge, located off the Atrium of our Inn. Stop by during your visit and tell us which cocktail is YOUR favorite!

NEW COCKTAILS

Java Mint

Bulleit Bourbon, Kahlua, White Crème de Cacao, White Crème de Menthe

Elderflower Mojito

Pyrat Rum XO, St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur with a hint of Mint

Blueberry Lemon Fizz

Tito’s Vodka, Blue Curacao, Fresh Squeezed Lemon, Muddled Blueberry & Mint leaves,         House-made Simple Syrup, topped with Club soda water

Nightcap

Knob Creek, Cointreau, Crème de Cassis, Orange Bitters, Ginger Beer

Sparkling French Martini

Absolut Vodka, Chambord, Pineapple Juice, Topped with Château Élan Brut

 Rusty Mule

Glenlivet Single Malt, Drambuie, Domaine de Canton, Sugar cube, Fresh squeezed Lime

Southern Peach Tea

Basil Hayden, Peach Schnapps, Peychauds bitters, Sweet Tea, Fresh squeezed lemon

Pomegranate Martini

Tito’s Vodka, Cointreau, Pomegranate juice, Fresh squeezed Lime & Lemon juice

Maui Sunrise

Tito’s Vodka, Amaretto, Southern Comfort, Orange juice, Sweet & Sour, Grenadine

Don’t forget to try our delish Brisket Taco with avocado and fresh kimchee.

And last but certainly not least, our shrimp cocktail with pineapple cocktail sauce takes the experience to a whole new level.

See full menu and L’Auberge live music schedule HERE.


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It may be chilly outside but we’re all smiles sharing today’s winter vineyard wedding inspo!

Once like a Spark Photography captured every heart-melting moment. The beautiful couple’s Inn Atrium ceremony was perfect for the January Atlanta weather, and we loved how they incorporated their dogs into the wedding ceremony! Golden hour portraits, puppies, and twinkly lights in the industrial-style Winery Pavilion Reception–just a couple of our favorite details.

Kelsey was shining in her layered organza wedding gown with diamond belt and beautiful fur stole. Her bridesmaids looked fabulous in their multicolored but coordinated blush, plum, and navy dresses.

   

    

 

To see more of our wedding photos check us out on Facebook. 

Start planning your dream wedding at Chateau Elan today.


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We received so many requests for our recipes from our VineyardFest 2017 demos that we just had to share. You can make the flavors of VineyardFest last all year long.

Polenta

1 cup Polenta

2 cups Chicken Stock

2 cups Heavy Cream

Salt & Pepper To Taste

  1. Boil Chicken Stock & Heavy Cream
  2. Whisk in Polenta
  3. Reduce Heat and Cook until Polenta is Tender
  4. Add Salt & Pepper to Taste

 

Lamp Chops

1 rack of lamb

1 tsp lavender

2 sprigs thyme

Olive oil

  1. Blend Dried Lavender Flowers and Thyme into fine powder and then mix with Olive Oil
  2. Mix Lamb with Marinade and let them Marinade over-night
  3. Cut Lamb into individual size lamb lollipops.
  4. Cook Lamb Lollipops on High Heat for 4 minutes each side.

 

Braised Vegetables

1 each Red and green cabbage

1 Collard greens

1/2 c Champagne vinegar

1/2 c Lager beer

Salt and pepper

Pinch Red pepper flake

Water

  1. Heat Skillet to Medium Heat and drizzle olive oil
  2. Add Cabbage & Greens
  3. Pour in Champagne Vinegar, Beer, Salt, Pepper & Red Pepper Flake
  4. Cover and simmer for a few hours or till tender

Brussel Sprouts were cut in to 1/4 tossed in olive oil salt and pepper and sautéed until slightly tender.


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VineyardFest 2017 is only a few days away and WE CAN’T WAIT!! This exclusive event has been sold out for months and if you’re one of the lucky ones that snagged a ticket… here’s what you have to look forward to:

All-inclusive tickets

Enjoy wine, cooking demonstrations,  live music, parking, all the vendors you can squeeze in, and more! With the all-inclusive tickets, you’re free to enjoy everything our fest has to offer with no hassle.

         

    

Unlimited Wine

It’s wine o’clock from start to finish at Vineyard Fest. Taste to your heart’s content with all the local wine you could want! Your glass never has to be empty—and that’s nothing to w(h)ine about.

All the Vendors

From assorted locally-sourced food to regional craft breweries and distilleries, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Chef-curated food

Desserts, local veggies, finger foods, premium cheese, artisan bread, and all the appetizers in-between. You can expect the best sides to compliment your wine.

Grape stomping

The ultimate stress reliever—at least that’s what we think! Do a little jig in the barrels and you’ll have the best stories at your next #WineWednesday get-together. Don’t forget to snap a photo or boomerang and tag us online!

 

Cheers and see you there!

Vineyard Fest