CHATEAU ELAN WINERY & RESORT
Amici e vini sono meglio vecchi.
My next stop is situated less than an hour from Atlanta and it’s a true hidden gem! I’m happy to present you guys one of the best wineries in the US – Chateau Elan. By the way it belongs to my Top 10 wineries in States and I will show you the full list after my future West Coast Trip 2018, so stay tuned!
If you are looking for outstanding wine tasting experience in Georgia or just want to spend romantic weekend – this is the place to go. Its truly European feel, unbeatable service, great wine selection with professional tastings, plus a luxury golf resort on a 3500! acres property will impress even the most experienced traveler.
My acquaintance with the Chateau began from a beautiful Spa Suite which had a great view to a small lake and was very quiet, after my long travels and constant day-long drives it was a great bonus to have! Inside I was welcomed by a branded bottle of red wine, which was gratefully labeled with my name, thanks Emily! Room is very spacious and has everything you need.
P.S.: we are traveling with Mr. Lemono )) I will tell you more about him in my next posts or even will create a dedicated one! In a few words, not long ago we’ve planted three lemon seeds and in a miracle of time they grew up in our new travel companion ))) More to come soon!
Next day started with a fresh organic Covfefe, sorry I meant coffee of course, I enjoyed breakfast at dining room with my fav berries and fruits.
After that my energy levels were completely restored and I decided to explore the property on a cool golf car, want to remind you again that the Mansion has an amazing 3500! acres of land!
After the tour was done I met with Marketing Manager Emily Traux, who introduced me to Simon Bergese, incredibly talented person, original from Alba, Italy. Being a Chief Winemaker in the past in one of the best known wineries in Italy he joined Chateau Elan in 2013, his wines won over 200 awards at the most prestigious competitions. We all had a tour to to heart of the winery and to the wine yard itself.
Maybe it was fresh air, or maybe the wine fluids were flying around, I don’t know, but my appetite reached its pique and I decided to have a lunch break at Versailles restaurant. As always I picked the best from a fish part of the menu and started with fresh Italian Burrata cheese with avocado and shimp salad. As for the main course, I had super tender wild caught white fish with a crab meat on top, grilled scallops and of course salmon! Bottle of Velvet helped to digest all this and accompanied greatly all my picks.
Solar eclipse was our next attention for this day and together with other guests we gathered outside to watch this amazing and rare event. And again my thanks to Emily, who always having my back covered, she kindly provided us with special glasses, so nothing was missed!
On the second day of our stay we had two fun and interesting attractions. First was a grape stomping which I never did before and the second was a wine tasting. Want to share with you my experience about the last one, as it was a very memorable and unique.
Next was Rose Reserve, interesting fruity wine, with apple notes and a full body warming brisk finish.
The red Meritage was next, it was a full bodied well balanced red with plain clean taste.
Zyrah which was an even blend of Zinfandel and Syrah grapes goes after, it had an intense red color with rosemary and vanilla notes.
After we had a Les Petits red wine, which was made from equal parts of Petit Verdot and Petit Syrah. A dark red-voiles colored wine, with great opening of chocolate and cherries.
To finish with the red squad we were offered the Muscadry, a deep and ruby red wine, with strong aromas of cherries and with smooth texture. It had a pleasant aftertaste, I liked it a lot!
Last in our long tasting list was a remarkable white Duncan Creek wine form 100% Georgia Muscadine grapes. Its sweet and crisp taste and light golden color amazed me and apricot aromas with sweet notes of honey made it a great company to all the previous ones.
Chateau Elan is definitely a memorable and remarkable place. I consider myself lucky to discover it for myself and visit it. Being a wine lover, I will gladly return here to spend another couple days away from the hustle and bustle, while enjoying beautiful nature and unforgettable sunsets.