Traveling to Yarra Valley, Australia’s famous wine-producing region is not just all about Shiraz or Sauvignon. Aside from its great wines and amazing landscapes, the region also boasts of a must-visit chocolate factory. Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (YVCI) was developed for you to have a sweet destination that would satisfy your senses.
Located at 35 Old Healesville Road corner Melba Highway in Yarra Glen, YVCI is Yarra Valley’s best chocolate factory that lets you indulge in the sweetness of Aussie hospitality. Plus, it only takes you an hour of scenic drive from Melbourne’s central business district.
You can enjoy free samples of their handcrafted sweet creations. A wide range of selection of their couverture chocolates lets you indulge in the rich and intense flavor. Glossy, smooth and creamy chocolate bars melting in your mouth gives you a distinct sensation that makes you want some more.
Well, don’t worry about that because they have more than 250 different varieties chocolate products in their showroom exclusively for you to choose from. Truffles, pastilles, chocolate bars, rocky road, macarons, and so on. You name it. Their Great Wall of Chocolate features 34 different varieties of chocolate.
As you sample their sweets you can also watch their Belgian and French chocolatiers in action, handcrafting and packaging their chocolate creations. Many of their products use native ingredients and indigenous packing materials and arts. Also, the ingredients and the seasonal fruits of their ice cream are locally sourced.
At their relaxing Cafe, you can order breakfast or light lunch. Their menu features local produce. You can have some sweet treats — desserts, pastries, hot chocolates, ice creams, fondue and a lot more. Or simply hang out with a friend over a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and a scrumptious dessert.
You can stroll down on their lawns and gardens, and explore their wetlands conservation area. Children can play on the lawns.
Aside from crafting the best chocolates and ice creams in the region, YVCI also conducts classes and workshops on how to create chocolates. So kids of all ages can book and look forward to learning all about chocolates. And of course, the free tastings!
The chocolate factory is a must-visit along the Yarra Valley Wine Tour route. Ian and Leanne Neeland, owners of the chocolaterie, have made sure you will have a perfect destination where you can enjoy their beautifully designed cafe and artistically crafted chocolate and ice cream creations.