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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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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.