Published 9 December 2019
The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie has revealed an expansive new Café and showroom to coincide with seven years of bringing their wonderland to millions of chocolate loving visitors. An expansive new Café with the best views in the Yarra Valley - now hosts 300 guests indoor and outdoor with modern seating including booths, communal tables, benches and bright colourful areas where a specially commissioned giant cocoa tree greets visitors. A new Café menu has been part of the makeover with breakfast, brunch, lunch and signature desserts on offer using locally sourced ingredients and as well as seasonal produce from the Chocolaterie’s own kitchen garden and orchard. Newly introduced to the menu are share plates now featuring arancini balls, fish tacos and a half metre Taste of the Valley board.
Other additions include viewing windows to watch the Chocolaterie’s talented French Pastry Chefs at workmaking dozens of different tarts, gateaux, tortes and cakes fresh each day plus a new giant ice cream cabinet to serve 24 different freshly churned ice creams and sorbets.
There’s an added focus on interaction too, with a Pick ‘n’ Mix experience for chocolate lovers to personalise their chocolate gifts; a Tasting Bar to join hosted tasting sessions, along with an additional Experience Room for hands on chocolate making workshops and educational sessions on the Chocolaterie’s involvement in the Cocoa Horizons program that supports farmers and their communities, ensuring their cocoa issustainably sourced.
The new Café complements the expanded showroom choc-filled with thousands of different handcrafted chocolates made by the Chocolaterie’s European Chocolatiers along with the further development of the wetlands, 40 acres of landscaped grounds and an orchard that provides fruit & nuts for use in chocolateproduction and menu items. Free chocolate tastings on arrival are always on offer.
“As we were approaching our eighth year in the Yarra Valley, we wanted to expand and create a bigger and better experience,” said owner Leanne Neeland. “We’re so pleased to have welcomed over 5 million visitors to our Chocolaterie since we opened in Decemeber 2012 and we can’t wait to share with people of all ages our exciting new additions and experiences,” adds Leanne.
“My husband Ian and I are proud to be employing nearly 100 local staff and we are thankful for the support from local farmers and businesses who supply our wonderful ingredients,” Leanne said.
Free photos with Santa every weekend 10-2pm throughout December
Where: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healseville Rd, Yarra Glen, Victoria - 40 acres of landscaped grounds & gardens
When: Open every day 9am-5pm except Christmas Day
Tel: 03 9730 2777
100% of the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie chocolate is made from cocoa that is sustainably sourced throughour funding of Cocoa Horizons, a Foundation that supports initiatives to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farming communities in the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ghana and Indonesia. The program also works towards no deforestation and zero child labour.