Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
The Yarra Valley is one of my favourite regions in Victoria. With the rolling hills and vineyards, it’s rather picturesque and not too far out of town. I’m not much of a wine connoisseur, but I am one of chocolate. Lucky for people like me, and families who want something to keep the kids interested on a trip out there, the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is the place to be.
The first thing that hits you as you walk in, other than the smell of chocolate is how big, bright and colourful the place is. It’s HUGE. Walls lined with chocolate, people walking around with samples of chocolate, being able to watch the chocolatiers make the chocolate… it’s all chocolate! And if chocolate aint your thing, they also make their own ice-cream! With a casual café towards the back, you can grab a light lunch, without breaking the bank like you would at many popular wineries. The views are gorgeous too! I forgot to capture them on camera.
We were lucky enough to score an invitation behind the scenes (behind the glass) to see how it’s all done. We did have to don “chocolate making scrubs” for hygiene reasons. There are 6 chocolatiers working at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie; 4 from Belgium and 2 from France. Apparently they had to get used to making Aussie flavours like Rocky Road.
The cocoa beans are sourced from west Africa, and they are or going to be growing the fruits and nuts for their chocolate on site. When the owners first went to go to the council with an idea for a chocolaterie they got knocked back as it wasn’t agricultural business. But luckily they fought and won, and there is a great new destination place to hit up in the Yarra Valley.
We and our guests enjoyed a little savoury relief at the café, before going all out for dessert.
Pizza – roasted pumpkin, spinach and Yarra Valley Fetta – $18
Panini – $17
Steak sandwich with caramelised onions on toasted sourdough with house made relish – $20
Dessert Pizza #1 – Mudcake, honey our white, milk and dark couvertore chocolate and icing sugar – $18
Piping Hot Waffle - with our vanilla bean ice cream and maple syrup – $8
Chocolate Fondue for Two – $14
The Best Brownie – served warm with our vanilla bean ice cream and maple syrup – $7
Sensational Sundae #2 – Summer Love with Wildberry $12
I managed to score some truffles to take home too! With flavours like Early Grey Tea, Chinese 5 Spice, Hazelnut and one with blush tomato, they were all fantastic. Chinese 5 Spice reminding me a little of chocolate coated gingerbread.
With 150 delights to choose from, you won’t have trouble finding something to suit you!
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Just an hour from Melbourne
Free entry – open every day
9am-5pm (except Christmas Day)
35 Old Healesville Road
(cnr Melba Highway)
Yarra Glen Victoria
P: 03 9730 2777
Iron Chef Shellie and guest dined as guests of Yarra Valley Chocolaterie thanks to Q Strategies.