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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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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.



Château Élan’s transportation partner, Cooper-Global Chauffeured Transportation, provides high-quality chauffeured sedan, limo, and bus services throughout the Atlanta area and worldwide. Transportation services for individuals or groups can be customized by calling the phone number below. If you have questions, please feel free to email ChateauElan@cooper-global.com or call 770-455-9600 or toll free 1-866-723-LIMO (5466).


Transportation


Transportation Features

  • Highly Qualified Staff of Trained Professionals
  • Committed to the Business Traveler
  • Event Transportation, Coordination and Management
  • Highest Quality Late Model Luxury Vehicles
  • 24 / 7 / 365 Dispatch and Reservation Staff
  • Airport Greeting or Curbside Pickup
  • Competitive Rates

Cooper-Global Chauffeured Transportation:


Directions


Interstate 85 provides a direct route to Château Élan from downtown Atlanta and the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. I-85 travels north and south through Atlanta and is very easy to navigate.  If using a mapping service like Apple or Google Maps please double-check directions with the information provided below as no mapping service is reliable all the time.


To the Château Élan Inn, Winery, and Spa:

Traveling from Atlanta or the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (Approx. 45 minutes):
1) Take I-85 North to Exit 126. (Follow signs out of Airport to I-85)
2) Take a Left, and Château Élan will be the first gate on your Left.

When traveling southbound:
1) Take I-85 South to Exit 126
2) Take a Right, Château Élan will be immediately on your Left.

To Golf and Real Estate Office:

For the Golf Clubhouse and Legends Real Estate:
1) Take I-85 to Exit 126.
2) Go past the main Château Élan Entrance and take the third Gate on the Left.

For the Par 3 Golf Course:
1) Take I-85 to Exit 126.
2) Go past the Château Élan main entrance and take the second gate on Left.

Addresses

  • The Château Élan Inn, 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, GA 30517
  • The Château Élan Winery, 100 Tour De France, Braselton, GA 30517
  • The Château Élan Spa, Haven Harbour Drive, Braselton, GA 30517
  • The Château Élan Golf Club, 6060 Golf Club Drive, Braselton, GA 30517
  • Château Élan Real Estate, 6155 Golf Club Drive, Braselton, GA 30517

Please ship any guest packages to the Inn for proper delivery:

Château Élan Inn
100 Rue Charlemagne
Braselton, Georgia 30517

Shipping Questions Call: 678-425-0900 x 6127



Contact Us

1-800-233-WINE (9463) can put you in contact with nearly all our services. We have also provided direct numbers, and e-mail addresses within each department for your convenience. If you are unsure who to contact please email reservations@chateauelan.com

Guest packages must be shipped to the Chateau Elan Inn: Chateau Elan Inn 100 Rue Charlemagne Braselton, Georgia 30517 All packages for groups or individuals shipped to the resort will be subject to a $8 per package or $50 per pallet processing and delivery fee. If a guest wishes to ship a package from the resort, an $8 shipping and handling fee also applies in addition to any freight charges if labels are not provided. FedEx is our preferred shipping service.

Shipping : 678-425-0900 x 6127 Shipping and Receiving – JWilliamson@chateauelan.com

Reservations : 678-425-0900 ext. 41 Reservation Inquiries – reservations@chateauelan.com Guest Experience / Concierge – guestexperience@chateauelan.com

Cooper-Global Chauffeured Transportation : 770-455-9600 Toll Free: 1-866-723-LIMO (5466) 2711 Peachtree Square Atlanta, GA 30360 E-Mail : ChateauElan@cooper-global.com Group Transportation : Jessica Wilder, jwilder@cooper-global.com, 770-455-9600

Meetings and Group Sales : 678-425-6017 Meetings, Groups, Team Building Inquiries – groupsales@chateauelan.com

Events, Catering, and Weddings : 678-425-0900, ext. 45

Spa Director – Michelle Ufer, mherold@chateauelan.com

Golf Club & Recreation: 678-425-6050

Golf General Manager – Tim Yavello, tyavello@troon.com

Head PGA Professional – Elizabeth Clarkson, eclarkson@chateauelan.com

The Winery : 678-425-0900 ext 6354

Tasting Room, Tours & Tastings – TastingRoom@chateauelan.com

Food & Beverage / Restaurants :

Director of Food and Beverage – Kevin Phenegar, kphenegar@chateauelan.com

Versailles Breakfast & Lunch – Kathy Link, klink@chateauelan.com

Versailles PM – Ana Strong, astrong@chateauelan.com

Paddy’s Irish Pub Manager – Derek Cornell, dcornell@chateauelan.com

L’Auberge Manager – Jimmy Davantes, jdavantes@chateauelan.com

Le Soleil Pool Bar – Crystal Dorsey, cdorsey@chateauelan.com

marc – Jonathan Story, jstory@chateauelan.com

Human Resources and Training :

Director of Human Resources – Jennifer Walsh, jwalsh@chateauelan.com

Donations and Sponsorships All requests must be submitted by the form HERE.

Marketing Marketing Manager – Emily Truax, etruax@chateauelan.com

PR Requests and Media Partnerships

Janie Henker with The Zimmerman Agency 850-668-2222 JHenker@zimmerman.com

Chateau Elan Executive Offices

General Inquiries – Morgan Vest, mvest@chateauelan.com

Hotel Manager – Chris Senden, csenden@chateauelan.com

General Manager – Ed Walls, ewalls@chateauelan.com

If you are unsure who to contact, try our General Information:

General Inquiries – reservations@chateauelan.com

Facility Addresses

Chateau Elan Inn, 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, GA 30517

Chateau Elan Winery, 100 Tour De France, Braselton, GA 30517

Chateau Elan Spa, Haven Harbour Drive, Braselton, GA 30517

Chateau Elan Golf Club, 6060 Golf Club Drive, Braselton, GA 30517

Chateau Elan Real Estate, 6155 Golf Club Drive, Braselton, GA 30517



Press & Media

PR Requests and Media Partnerships
Janie Henker / Jill Trudeau with The Zimmerman Agency
850-668-2222
JHenker@zimmerman.com

We are pleased to offer an array of resources to members of the media. We welcome you to explore the resources here and throughout the entire website.

Social Media / Blogger Partnerships

There are many opportunities to engage existing and new audiences through various social media platforms and blogs.  For ideas on finding mutually benefiticial partnerships in spreading our brands and providing entertaining content please contact Emily Truax at etruax@chateauelan.com.

Photography, Media, Editorial Information & Commercial Productions

We have proven to be a superb location for video commercials, film production, commercial and catalog photography, promotional videos, and news/editorial projects. For more info and location fees: https://www.chateauelan.com/locations/ 

Articles In the News

Official Press Releases

We are pleased to offer an array of resources to members of the media. We welcome you to explore the resources throughout the entire website.



Going Green

Your Guide to Château Élan’s Green and Environmental Initiatives

Mission: For Château Élan to be a part of the world-wide effort in becoming more environmentally efficient and aware by implementing a Green Initiative while maintaining luxury standards and keeping our guest’s comforts our first priority.

Why? Entering our main gate everyday is a constant reminder of how beautiful our surroundings are and supplies us with the motivation to maintain our property. By taking the steps to become more environmentally aware, we hope to also be a good influence on our community and the hospitality industry. This is not just a phase or idea for Château Élan; this is an initiative that everyone is a part of.

What is Château Élan currently doing to become Green?

New Projects

There are now eight electric vehicle charging stations available for visitors at no cost, with the exception of valet parking charges. Six of the chargers are designed specifically for Tesla vehicles and two are universal chargers that may be used with all other electric vehicles.

New, more efficient Dyson electric hand dryers are installed in many public restrooms at the Inn to conserve paper waste.

Conservation Projects

As part of our recent LED project the Inn, Winery, and Conference Center now boast a total of 3,294 LED energy saving light bulbs.  Each bulb uses 10W of power versus the standard 60W and are warrantied for 25,000 hours of use.  While in operation a total of 164,700 watts are now being conserved through the use of new LED technology.

Many restrooms now also feature motion-sensor lighting to automatically conserve electricity.

Towel and linen program

There are tent cards in each guest room on property stating that guests can hang wet towels to re-use them or leave them in a pile on the floor if they would like them changed. We also change the sheets every three days unless the guest signals otherwise. If the guest does want the sheets switched daily, they simply leave the tent card on the bed.

Recycling

Waste Pro is providing one-stream recycling dumpsters for the Hotel, Winery, Golf, and Paddy’s Pub. This means all recyclables (office paper, newspapers, magazines, cans, bottles, plastic, glass, small cardboard containers, etc) can be intermixed into these new containers. These are serviced weekly.

Cardboard only dumpsters have also been provided and will be serviced weekly by Waste Pro. These are located at the Hotel, Winery, and Paddy’s Pub.

Additional Plastic and Aluminum Recycling – Thanks to the initiative of pro-active Golf staff members, a system of plastic and aluminum recycling is now in place for all cans and bottles used by Golfers and Golf Tournaments.

Recycling efforts in place at Golf Maintenance

Used tires – All used tires are returned to the vendor for recycling.

Used oil from machinery and vehicles – All used oil is contained and picked up by Universal Environment for recycling. Empty oil drums returned.

Anti freeze – Contained and picked up by Universal Environment for recycling.

Oil filters – Recycled by Universal Environment or Jones Recycling Inc.

Scrap steel – Hauled to Jones Recycling Inc. yearly.

Used fertilizer pallets – B & M pallet company picks up for recycling.

Tree debris – Dead or fallen trees are removed and ground into mulch to be used on foot paths or natural areas throughout the property.

Equestrian Center shavings – Portion recycled by Southern Landscape Supply for compost. Remainder is beneficial for breakdown at landfill.

Recycled water – Provided by the Town of Braselton to use as irrigation water for golf courses.

Water Conservation Devices – We currently have toilet and sink water conserving devices installed in ten guest rooms. If we do not experience any pressure issues, we will install these devices all over property.

Purchasing – Managers are currently switching to more eco-friendly products when ordering. For example, Paul Deboer is in charge of ordering paper for marketing materials, and is gradually switching all paper products ordered over to at least 30% post-consumer recycled.

Eliminating Waste – We are trying to eliminate unwanted and unnecessary magazine and catalog subscriptions. If one of these items comes in the mail, we call the company and politely ask them to quit sending them or if it is something necessary, ask if it can be emailed in digital format.

Who is making sure that Green can happen here at Château Élan?

Ultimately, the entire staff at Château Élan is a part of the Green Committee and each person is required to participate.

Each department within Château Élan is coming up with ways to conserve paper/eliminate waste. If you see anything that can be done more efficiently, please let us know. For example, where ever capable, documents that contain multiple pages are printed front-back to save paper, or margins are adjusted to fit more onto one page.

On-going Research and Goals

  • Aluminum, glass, and plastic recycling.
  • Compact Fluorescent Lighting
  • Composting
  • Light sensors for guest rooms

TESLA DESTINATION CHARGING STATIONS

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort is excited to collaborate with Tesla to provide Tesla owners complimentary charging stations.

Tesla’s Destination Charging program provides convenient charging at premium destinations around the world exclusively for Tesla owners. Their charging technology can add up to 58 miles of range per hour of charge for visiting Tesla owners. We are proud to be a charging partner of Tesla’s and contribute to the pursuit of sustainable transportation.

The Tesla Destination Charging stations are offered across the Destination Hotels collection from coast to coast. To learn more please visit Tesla Destination Charging.



History of Château Élan

Donald and Nancy Panoz are the visionaries and founders of Château Élan in Braselton, Ga., USA. The luxurious resort is the first winery of its kind in the region since Prohibition. With numerous expansions over the past 14 years, Château Élan is now an award-winning winery and resort with an inn, conference center, four golf courses, eight restaurants, European-style health spa, residential community, wine market, equestrian show center and tennis center.

The couple met in West Virginia when Don was attending Greenbrier Military Academy. They both served their country in Japan, Don as an Army Intelligence Officer, and Nancy as a Counter Intelligence Secretary, but neither of them let the rigorous details of the Army, or the demands of raising children, dampen their entrepreneurial spirits. A love of business and creative spirit would lead the Panoz’s into things many thought impossible.

After their return to the U.S., Nancy worked and raised their five children while Don studied business at Duquesne University, and operated two drug stores in Pittsburgh.

Don then formed Mylan Pharmaceutical Corporation, a pharmaceutical packaging company now known as Mylan Laboratories. As the youngest president of a pharmaceutical company in the United States, Don took on industry giants Eli Lilly and Parke Davis in the difficult but lucrative, production of gelatin capsules. In doing so, Don established Mylan Laboratories as an innovative leader in the field of pharmaceutical delivery.

In 1969, the Panoz family moved to Ireland where they formed Elan Corporation, which has become an industry leader in drug delivery products and technology. Elan was the first Irish company to have a public offering in the U.S. market. Today, Elan is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and has developed four of the top 100 products in the industry. The company holds more than 100 world-wide patents with one of the most recognizable being the nicotine patch which has helped millions of Americans stop smoking.

The Panoz’s decided to bring the same discipline and high standards that created Elan Pharmaceuticals to the wine industry. The couple visited Georgia frequently since Elan had a research laboratory in Gainesville. During one of their trips, Don and Nancy tasted Muscadine wine, made from indigenous Muscadine grapes. When they asked why no one had ever grown vinifera grapes in the region, they were told, “It can’t be done.”

Now, Château Élan is a 3,500 acre winery and resort in the hills of north Georgia, thirty minutes north of Atlanta. The wines of Château Élan have won hundreds of national and international awards.

Dr. Panoz has recently turned his interest to the world of professional car racing. As owner of Panoz Motor Sports and previous owner of the American Le Mans Series, he has been on his way creating a new racing dynasty.

Mrs. Panoz is a director of Fountainhead Development Corporation, The Legends, and Château Élan. She serves on the board of directors for Wesley Woods, Inc.

Dr. Panoz was a member of the AMEX International Committee, a Director of Portuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Ireland, a Patron of the Irish America’s Cup and a Managing Trustee Board member of the University of Georgia. Don also travels between the Élan operations in Ireland, Europe, the Pacific Rim, and in his spare time, he can be found on one of his current race tracks, Road Atlanta, Mosport in Canada, or Sebring, Florida.

Even though the couple has achieved more success in the business world than most people could ever imagine, the Panoz find that their ultimate reward is the five children and ten grandchildren they cherish.