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Barossa Valley Chocolate Co - lunch with wine [©Duy Dash]

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Barossa Valley Chocolate Company has opened its doors, becoming the first chocolaterie and cellar door to call the famous wine region home.

Located in the heart of the Barossa Valley just outside Tanunda, the Barossa’s newest tourist attraction is surrounded by beautiful vineyards producing wines for the Vineyard Road label, which is available at the cellar door.

The $5.5 million chocolaterie and cellar door was designed by local architect Jamie Gladigau from JBG Architects, built by Ahrens and houses a state-of-the-art chocolate kitchen. The visionary project, five years in the making, has created around 30 local jobs in construction and a further 30 retail and hospitality jobs for the local community.

Barossa Valley Chocolate Company CEO Chris Day, and his wife Sandy, travelled 100,000km around the world to sample the best chocolate experiences from the sweetest meccas – including Bruges, Florence, Bariloche and Daintree in Australia – to draw inspiration for their chocolate dream in the Barossa Valley.

“The world-class Barossa Valley Chocolate Company has been inspired by the very best experiences from across the globe, from Bariloche in Argentina, to Napa Valley in the USA and the Chocolate Line in Bruges, Belgium,” Sandy said.

“Much of what you see in store was inspired by our travels, like our chocolate wall that was inspired by Venchi Cioccolato e Gelato in Florence,” Sandy continued.

“When my children were young, we regularly travelled to Margaret River and visited their famous chocolate company. They were some of our most cherished memories, so we are proud to now bring this same type of experience to local and visiting families in the Barossa for the first time,” Chris said.

Chris and Sandy, alongside their Head Chocolatier Amy Sajinovic and her team of local chocolatiers from the Barossa and Adelaide, have worked hard to developed a range of more than 250 products for chocolate lovers. Over the last 12 months, they have undertaken taste testing with 2,500 South Australians to develop this delicious range, including the new ruby chocolate which was only discovered 13 years ago and has only been available in Australia since September 2018.

“There will be something for everyone, from watching chocolatiers making the artisan, handmade chocolate through the wide, expansive viewing windows in the retail area, to chocolate-making classes in the special experience room, and a specially curated chocolate and wine pairing experiences in the cellar door,” Sandy said.

There is an ice-creamery serving freshly made gelato and the 150-seat Benni's Café, which will be serving a delicious menu of locally sourced food that is both fancy and fun. All of this can be enjoyed inside or on the spacious deck overlooking the spectacular water.

The complex also has a private cellar, an amphitheatre and landscaped areas for fun times.

 

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