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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.


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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.

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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.


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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!


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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

L’AUBERGE COCKTAIL SPECIALS:

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

LE SOLEIL POOL BAR COCKTAIL SPECIAL:

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.


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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! 


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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.

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“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.

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


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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.

Cheers!


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BRASELTON, Ga. – April 9, 2019 – Château Élan Winery & Resort, the enchanting château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills, unveils plans today for an extensive $25 million dollar renovation, scheduled for completion in November 2019. The complete transformation introduces a fresh, yet timeless, modernized design while delivering a unique, distinctly southern concept dressed in French undertones, honoring the existing estate’s 16th century-style charm. Beckoning a new generation, the transformation will include a complete overhaul of 251 guestrooms and 24 suites, four new food and beverage outlets, the winery, as well as the resort lobby, with a facelift to the existing pool terrace and immersive spa.

Conceptualized by the Atlanta-based interior and architectural design firm, BLUR Workshop, the team was tasked to lead the multi-million dollar renovation formulating a design concept representative of the resort’s vast southern locale – inspired by the surrounding rolling hills and lush vineyards. Accessorized with local artwork, further defining its sense of place, the new design features a modern palate painted in variations of gray and taupe with pops of chartreuse, turquoise and gold, warmed by rich wood accents, elegant lighting, white Calcutta marble and industrial touches including tufted leather, wrought iron and carved limestone. Giving a nod to its topography, the design will boast vineyard inspired details throughout, with the most dramatic being a custom-made glass chandelier hand-blown in Crystal Valley of the Czech Republic, shaped to mimic the shifting grape vines along the vast rolling hills.

“Embarking on a renovation of this magnitude for a resort destination with such a well-respected reputation requires a committed responsibility to honor the property’s legacy, while still delivering upon the modernized expectation to mirror our ever-growing wine, epicurean and experiential programs,” said Ed Walls, general manager, Château Élan Winery & Resort. “Every single detail was hand-selected with great intention and we cannot wait to introduce the new generation to our beloved Chateau Élan.”

Project details include:

  • Full redesign of 251 guestrooms and 24 suites including custom designed carpeting, bathrooms with upgrades including freestanding vanity areas made of wood and stone. The selected color palette of greys and taupes simplify the backdrop, allowing for pops of walnut, brushed oak and the studded, leather-tufted headboard to make a statement.
  • Upgrading corridors to create a clean and sophisticated feel, the reimagination uses local Georgia carpeting, a raw silk inspired wall covering layered by local art and iron sconces to help tell the resort’s rich, modernized story.
  • Maximizing every square foot to enhance the resort’s public spaces, the renovation will include a fully refurbished lobby, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere complete with a centrally located, custom carved limestone fireplace and hand-tufted rugs. The atrium will also be fully transformed with white marble and natural details complimented by polished bronze and gold accents, in addition to adding a cozy, vintage-inspired library and 2,000-piece crystal chandelier dripping across the glass ceiling – evoking the shifting landscape of the vineyard.
  • Adding flair to both flavor and design, the renovation calls for both revamped and completely new food and beverage outlets to create individualized, yet cohesive, gathering options.
    • Adding to the ‘new’ will be a coffee and wine bar located in the lobby, which delivers a modern take on a Paris café, combined with a curated gift shop and outdoor seating. The Marc Bar will be added to the back of the winery restaurant incorporating French oak, iron accents and soapstone. The all-new expansive Atrium Bar, designed to anchor the grand room, will be crowned with an iconic 40-foot Douglas fir wood sculpture, which was crafted around the vineyard’s movement to be interactive, changing views as you drift through the space.
    • The revamped areas include a complete transformation of Versailles, the American cuisine buffet located in the Atrium and a full overhaul, including rebranding, of the existing L’Auberge Lounge to Louis’ House of Bourbon – which will act as a contemporary sports bar with the ambiance of an old-world speakeasy. With wood paneling, leather furniture, eclectic art, neon signage and a curated bourbon display behind the glowing amber bar, the lounge will be a junction between country and chic to evoke the southern charm of Kentucky bourbon, while the old-world accents recall the bar’s French namesake, Louis.

“We were tasked by Wheelock Street Capital to deliver a new and fresh image for Château Élan: one that was distinctly southern and sophisticated, yet welcoming,” said Foreman Rogers, principal, BLUR Workshop. “It was important to us to make the design authentic, using as many local artists and craftsmen as possible.”

The renovation of Château Élan Winery & Resort follows the recent purchase of the property by an affiliate of the Connecticut based real estate investment firm, Wheelock Street Capital, in January 2018. “Since joining the Château Élan family, we have looked forward to this much anticipated transformation,” said Keith Manning, vice president of asset management, Wheelock Street Capital. “Creating a cohesive, refreshed and timeless design, was the natural next step to set the tone for our guests and elevate the overall resort experience.”

Located within the bustling Atlanta metro of Braselton, Château Élan Winery & Resort offers guests a unique destination experience accessorized by lush vineyards and 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.

To learn more about Château Élan Winery & Resort’s renovation, please visit www.chateauelan.com/discover. To make a reservation, please visit www.chateauelan.com or call 678-425-0900.

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.


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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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