Georgia is the home to some of the most beautiful cultural attractions, best restaurants and perfect go to spots for pretty much any occasion. One place that I had never been to was the winery and resort, Chateau Elan. I heard such great things before and even thought about having my wedding here. Luckily, my mother-in-law booked a wine tasting and dinner reservation as a surprise gift after our wedding. How sweet is she?
Chateau Elan is a little over an hour outside of Atlanta, specifically located in Braselton, Georgia. Driving into the resort was an experience itself. It looked a like a mini castle from afar in la la land like in the movies. My hubby and I drove mesmerized all the way to the front of the ‘castle’ and just stared in awe. We started with a nice tour of the winery. Great way to learn more about wine and its origin. After the tour, we participated in the wine tasting which included a sample of 8 wines. Of course to go with the ambiance, I added a nice cheese plate. It was nice to enjoy the scenery and walk the trails of the vineyard. This was our first time at an actual vineyard so we were sure to enjoy every minute of it.
The day at the resort was topped off with dinner at one of the fine dining restaurants, the Versailles. I was highly impressed with the decor, attentiveness of the staff and food presentation. We started the meal with the pickled Georgia shrimp which looked like their take on a classic shrimp cocktail. The shrimp laid on top of a homemade spicy tomato sauce with lemon and basil. The flavor of that sauce added such a great taste. For the entree, I decided to have the filet and truffled whipped potatoes. My hubby got a little fancy and went with the pan roasted snapper topped with a lump crab salad. I normally pick the better dish but I think he may of beat me this time. Both were pretty amazing! To top it off, we shared the lemon cake with a light butter cream and blueberry compote garnished with a piece of candied ginger. The overall experience at Chateau Elan was nothing shy of amazing and most of all, memorable. Checkout more pictures in the gallery of our day spent at our first winery visit.