When you think of wine country in the states, you often think of Napa Valley but, there are many great wineries and vineyards throughout the US. A notable winery in the southeast is Chateau Elan in Braselton, GA only about an hour north of Atlanta. It’s not a large winery but, it’s a great place to have a weekend getaway or day trip if you are in the area. They have great seasonal wines that they produce on-site as well as exclusive imports. They offer wine tours of the bottling facilities, wine tasting, several great restaurants, cooking classes, good ambiance and there is a beautiful hotel and conference center if you plan to stay the night.
How the Wine Gets Made
We took the wine tour which takes place about every hour during regular business hours. There were about 12 of us on the guided tour. Our guide explained the history of the winery and how the wine is made. We got to see the large barrels where the wine is stored and viewed the bottling center where the wines get bottled and corked. I learned so much about Muscadine grapes, the different types of wines, corks and bottles as well as how long it takes for different wines to ferment. It was interesting and fun.
Wine Tasting… Smell, Swirl, Swish, Taste
After the tour was over, we headed back upstairs to get to the good part… the wine tasting. We tried red wines, white wines, dry wines, sweet wines, fruity wines, oaky wines. There was an array of wines for every wine connoisseur. We laughed, we swirled our glasses, we tasted, we toasted, we even spit… Ew gross, I know but, that’s what they tell you to do occasionally, just sayin’. I learned what wines I liked and those that I don’t. I’m not much into the oaky wines and red wine is typically not a favorite of mine but, I did enjoy some of their seasonal wines… especially, their Summer Wine and Autumn Blush.
Overall a great day was had at the winery and I would recommend if you are in the area to stop by the Chateau Elan Winery and enjoy the atmosphere and try the wines as it’s a great day-trip adventure. Enjoy the Journey!