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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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You won’t find a more luxurious, well-equipped, and all-around unique venue for meetings and events in Greater Atlanta than Chateau Elan Winery & Resort. Whether a business meeting, corporate party, reception, or large conference, we’ve got the facilities and the service—not to mention the conveniently situated luxury accommodations—to ensure it’s a memorable success!



BRASELTON, Ga. – April 19, 2018 – Château Élan Winery & Resort, the enchanting 16th century-styled château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills, proudly announces the addition of hospitality veteran Joe Velasquez to its executive team as director of sales and marketing. In this role, Velasquez will be responsible for planning and implementing the Braselton icon’s sales, marketing and product development strategies, while also overseeing all sales staff, to deliver maximum revenue and generate brand awareness.


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We are so proud of our Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton team led by General Manager, Jon Beard. This hotel, located just north of Atlanta off of interstate I-85, sits on the Chateau Elan estate overlooking the beautiful vineyards. Not only has the hotel won Wall of Fame Awards for both second and third quarter in 2017 but most recently the 2017 Lighthouse Award! This award is only given to the top 5% of all the 915 Hampton Inn & Suites in the Americas.  

ABOUT THE LODGE AT CHATEAU ELAN

Experience the feel of the French countryside at our Hampton Inn & Suites Braselton hotel. This charming property is situated just off I-85 on the Château Elan Estate, Georgia’s largest winery. Enjoy complimentary shuttle service throughout the Chateau Elan estate. LEARN MORE.


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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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We’re Rockin’ & Rollin’ into another fantastic corporate event feature.

Your Event Solutions stunned us again with the decor of this throwback ACDC concert-esque event. Yes, your next corporate event could be this level of awesome too!

“I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come an’ take your time an’ dance with me”

Photos by PWP Studios.

Start planning your spectacular corporate event today!


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There are no limits to what you can do with a group event at Chateau Elan.

Take a look at this “sweet” event, designed by our friends at Your Event Solutions that is anything but boring! They turned our Inn glass-topped atrium into a Willy Wonka Wonderland that truly WOWED attendees. From the over-the-top candy bar to the “golden ticket” station… we can’t get enough!

“Come with me, and we’ll be in a world of pure imagination”

Photos by PWP Studios.

 

Start planning your corporate event today!



Panoz Historic Racing Museum


The 10,000 sq ft Panoz Museum is a show room for the cars that made the Panoz name famous at the world’s most celebrated circuits and showcase the current line of cars being manufactured in the adjacent 20,000 sq ft production facility. The museum is also available for rental for special events, meetings and dinners.

The rental fee for the museum is $2500 for events, this covers four hours of event time and four hours support time. Additional access time is available at $400 per hour. An additional fee may apply to event time after midnight. All proceed from the facility rental to be donated to charity (Chestnut Mountain Ranch and Eagle Ranch for boys, and the Braselton library).

While you are visiting the museum keep your eyes open and you may be able to sneak a peak at current production models from $99k to $600k+.

The Panoz Museum is booked for Private Events through the Catering Office at Château Élan. Please call 678-425-6017 or e-mail groupsales@chateauelan.com for availability and catering pricing.

Château Élan Winery & Resort handles all of the food and beverage services at the Museum. No outside food or beverages are allowed in the museum.

Want to know details about each of the featured Panoz cars? View PDF