I decided to leave the comforts of home and head up to what I perceived as the middle of nowhere last week. I’m completely over exaggerating, but I did head up to Chateau Elan in Braselton, GA. I had a chance to attend Chateau Elan’s Taste of Georgia event and it was phenomenal. Let me give you some background about Chateau Elan. Chateau Elan is a luxury meeting destination that offers championship golf, a full-production winery, European health spa, and world-class amenities. The destination is located about an hour outside of Atlanta, not too far from Gwinnett County if you are familiar with the area. The location is perfect for a quick getaway, staycation and even worth a drive in from out of town. I attended the Taste of Georgia event that is an educational event that focuses on wine tasting and highlights food pairings with samples of Georgia food crafters. This is a guided tasting of six Chateau Elan wines. Each wine is paired with a different Georgia food item such as cheeses from local producers, honey, and Muscadine Jelly.
I started my experience at Chateau Elan with a self-guided tour. That’s right I took the liberty of walking myself around to embrace the pure beauty of this place. It’s located right off of the highway exit so you don’t have to drive into no mans lands to get here. I arrived about an hour early because I did an Instagram takeover for Chateau Elan on the night of the event. During my exploration I came across the Chateau Elan Inn, an amazing waterfall and I was two seconds away from crashing a wedding that had some amazing tunes!
The grounds were beautiful. Did I mention that Chateau Elan is a mansion, like an entire mansion (inserts picture below).
The night started with an amazing introduction of the night by our Master Sommelier on the flow of the night. We started the night with white wines and ended the night with red wines. My favorite was the Dolce Rosso that was paired with pecans from Mascot Pecan Co. in Glennville, GA. This wine was everything! As a matter of fact I proceeded to walk through the rest of our guided tour with my glass making sure I finished every drop. My runner up was the Sauvignon Blanc Reserve that was paired with a Goat Cheese from Sweet Grass Dairy of Thomasville, GA.
Some other Georgia eats that were featured for the night included the Green Hill Brie from Sweet Grass Dairy in Thomasville, GA, Olive Oil from Georgia Olive Oil Farms in Lakeland, GA and Muscadine Jelly from Paulk Vineyards in Wray, GA.
My cup stayed full and the laughs were plentiful. The group I had the pleasure of going through this guided tour with were made up of people form all different walks of life. This is a great event to meet people that you wouldn’t normally meet. We laughed together, ate together, but most importantly we drank together. 2 couples in the group were celebrating anniversaries and plenty of connections were made when we found out that some members of the group were from the same country.
After the first portion of our night we headed outside to learn more about the vineyards and we had the opportunity to see the vines up close and learn about the grape growing process, we also learned about the history of Chateau Elan. We then headed back in to the wine production room where the winemaking process is explained.
I know what you are thinking, how do I sign up? Well there are a few upcoming dates that you should definitely check out. I’ll leave them below. If you’re looking for a unique experience outside of the city that won’t leave you jet lag or restless Chateau Elan is definitely my first recommendation.
Friday 8 p.m., June 16, 2017
Sunday 8 p.m., July 2, 2017
Friday 8 p.m., July 21, 2017
Friday 8 p.m., August 18, 2017