Although Château Élan is located just 40 minutes north of Atlanta, it feels a world apart from the big city. The inn has been fashioned after a quintessential French château, offering a taste of Old World Europe in the heart of the Deep South. The property boasts 200 acres of vineyards, a 42,000-square-foot winery (often used for social events), seven restaurants including the elegant Le Clos, and The Culinary Studio by Viking, offering weekend cooking classes. Daily guided tours are a great way to get to know the vineyards, while in-depth experiences include Meet the Winemaker tours with private tastings. As for those who want a memento of their visit to savor after they have returned home, custom wine labels can be created.