Updated: Feb 24
This fall, stay at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort for a Harvest Getaway that steps off the beaten path between the trellises, reconnects with nature, and rejuvenates the soul. Explore vineyards and winemaking in Braselton, Georgia, where French luxury meets Southern charm.
From Grape to Glass
The harvest season is the most important time of year for vintners and wine lovers because the picking of grapes is the first step in wine production. Each rotund, juicy grape represents potential. And all that sweetness and sugar is packaged neatly in clusters, just waiting to be harvested from the vine and bottled as a Chateau Elan vintage.
Step away from the everyday — and your screen — and look out from your luxurious hotel room window as the mists rise toward a new day’s sunrise. Grab a fleece jacket and a warm cup of coffee from Le Petit Cafe and dare the morning chill on the Serenity Hike as birds begin to sing. This guided 1.5-mile loop around the vineyards starts at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and is the perfect opportunity to observe the morning dew, bees and the Georgia sun working together to create Chateau Elan’s bounty.
View of Chateau Elan Winery from the vineyard
Tastings & Tours
Mother nature's work is finished and now it is time for the winemaker to go to work. The award-winning winery is open daily for guided tours and tastings. The Chateau Tour & Tasting includes a behind-the-scenes look at the winery vat, production rooms, and bottling line. Then one of the senior wine stewards guides you through the entire winemaking process, from grape to glass. After the tour concludes, enjoy a guided tasting of five, winemaker-selected vintages.
Relax & Rejuvenate
Surrounded by nature and endless activities, the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort is a truly unrivaled experience. There are eight options for dining, a full activities and events calendar, 45 holes of championship golf, and a restorative spa will all rejuvenate the mind, body and soul on your getaway.
Brick courtyard of the Braselton Brother's Building in Historic Downtown Braselton
Your winemaking lessons complete, next let your feet wander from grassy rows to tree- and brick-lined sidewalks, a vintage-styled trolley trip, antiquing, or the racetrack.
Historic Downtown Braselton
Braselton, Georgia is a small town with big charm, and the heart of Braselton, Historic Downtown Braselton, is a quaint, walkable city center with locally-owned restaurants, bars and boutiques. Located in the newly restored historic Braselton Brothers Department Store mercantile, The 1904 is a collection of shopping and dining spaces with an active live entertainment and events calendar that make it a hotspot downtown. The Town Green is host to seasonal festivals and events including monthly Farmer’s Markets, a Medieval Faire, and Holiday Celebrations.
The Braselton Trolley, trolley stop at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort
The Braselton Trolley
Hop aboard the vintage-styled Braselton Trolley on Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 4 p.m. for a fun, fare-free ride around town. The Braselton Trolley is a great way to see the area, shop or dine. Or purchase tickets for a trolley tour. At the time of this posting, there are three seasonal tours being offered: Explore Braselton Trolley Tour, Historic Downtown Braselton Tour, and a Holiday Lights Trolley Tour.
Antiques & Artisan Festival
Braselton is well known in the antiquing community for its Antique & Artisan Festivals in April and October, which bring more than 300 vendors showcasing their handcrafted, repurposed, home decor, jewelry, soaps, primitives, artwork, pottery, and collectibles. There is also an Art-Tiques market in February, June, August and November with more than 150 vendors. These events include food trucks, live music and more. If you love antiques, plan your getaway weekend during one of these festivals.
Spectators at the 2021 Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
If the smell of racing fuel in the morning revs your engine, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta has an excellent fall lineup of spectator events including the Atlantic Historic Races in October and the SCCA ARRC in November. Caffeine and Octane’s Lanier Raceway offers Karting Experiences and hosts regular Friday night Drifts and other car meets through the month.
More to Discover
This Harvest Getaway itinerary will get you started, but there are many other attractions and events to discover at ExploreBraselton.com. Continue to explore and use our Trip Planner to create your own Braselton experience.