If you’re a keen chocolate lover then the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery is a must-visit destination!
Those of you with a sweet tooth will appreciate the sugary final stop on our Yarra Valley Gourmet Tour.
A chocolate wonderland in the Yarra Valley
All visitors can learn about the delicate steps involved in producing mouth watering chocolate from the incorporation of local ingredients. You can also join daily tasting sessions. They have practical chocolate-making classes for all ages – one of the many special events. Or even just watch the chocolatiers working through the giant windows.
The chocolaterie is situated in the heart of the Yarra Valley overlooking the beautiful garden, orchids and rolling green hills. You will discover more than 250 different chocolate products containing fruits, nuts and herbs collected from their kitchen garden.
Indulge in your favourite chocolate treats or be tempted in some new intriguing flavours. There are scrumptious truffles, clusters, rocky roads, giant freckles, chocolate sauces, macarons and choc coated jelly snakes to name a few.
Tasting some bush tucker chocolate will take your taste buds on a whole new journey. The chocolate is made with native ingredients and the packaging is designed by local indigenous artists. If you need something to cool your appetite, then try the many homemade ice cream varieties sourced by local ingredients and seasonal fruits.
How it all started
Creating the most popular sweet destinations in Victoria has been the vision of husband and wife team, Ian & Leanne Neeland. Together they’ve built and created Chocolateries in the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and on the Great Ocean Road.
They lead a talented team of European Chocolatiers and Pastry Chefs. Together with passionate local staff to create sweet wonderlands the whole family can enjoy.
At the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie in the heart of the picturesque wine making region, visitors to the Chocolaterie can indulge in Ian & Leanne’s love of chocolate and passion for creating memorable experiences.
Visitors are welcomed with a spectacular showroom filled with thousands of chocolates. You can discover an ever-changing array of freshly made pastries, desserts and artisan ice creams and an all day café using ingredients from the kitchen garden.
Care is taken to create the Chocolaterie’s collection of hundreds of decadent chocolate varieties. This extends to where and how chocolate is sourced, every step of the process and everyone involved.
That’s why the Chocolateries are proudly part of the Cocoa Horizons program that supports farmers and their communities, ensuring their cocoa is sustainably sourced. Ian and Leanne believe sustainable practices create better lives and better chocolate – ensuring we can enjoy chocolate forever.
Taken from https://www.yvci.com.au/about-us/
Whats On in the Yarra Valley
Keep an eye on the what happening at the Chocolaterie as they are constantly hosting seasonal events and activities throughout the year such as The Rocky Road Festival, Giant Lollipop Day, A Very Sweet Christmas, High Tea at the Chocolaterie and many more.
If you would love to experience the sweet delights of the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery then join us on a Go West Yarra Valley Gourmet Tour where you can also indulge in the regions best wines, cheeses, fruits and other delights that will satisfy your palate.
About the Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is a scenic 45 minute drive from Melbourne and provides a great day trip for foodies and wine-lovers alike. The region is renowned for its wines and wineries – most of which specialise in chardonnay and pinot noir. There are big name wineries like Yering Station, Balgownie Estate and Domaine Chandon, as well as a host of smaller boutique wineries scattered around the scenic valley. In addition to the winemakers, there are plenty of local producers making gourmet delights such as cheese, chocolate, relishes, fruit juices and more.
The Yarra Valley Gourmet Tour
The Yarra Valley Gourmet Tour is an excellent day trip from Melbourne. It’s also a great way to be introduced to the food and wine of this renowned destination.
Wine is only half the story in the Yarra Valley and our tour provides a perfect blend of the very best of the region’s wines and gourmet produce. Sample expertly made cheeses, chocolates, wines and more on this Melbourne day tour in foodie heaven!
- Taste some of the valley’s freshest fruits, juices, and other local products at Yarra Farm Fresh
- Sample wine at the iconic Balgownie Estate – one of the great wineries of the Yarra Valley
- Taste the valley’s freshest cheeses at the Yarra Valley Dairy
- Enjoy a delicious lunch at Rochford Wines – choose from four different meal options and enjoy a glass of Rochford’s quality wine
- Sip away at a wine tasting in one of Australia’s great wineries, Yering Station
- Enjoy an exclusive chocolate tasting at the valley’s sweetest location, The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
Written by: Leah Furey – Digital Content Coordinator @gowest.com.au