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Thursday 11 April 2019

A Barossa cellar door for lovers of chocolate

The Barossa Valley will tomorrow say hello to a new cellar door for chocolate lovers.

Barossa Valley Chocolate Company will become the first chocolaterie and cellar door in South Australia's most famous wine region.

Located in the heart of the Barossa Valley just outside of Tanunda, the Barossa’s newest tourist attraction is surrounded by vineyards that produce fruit  for Vineyard Road, whose wines are also available at the cellar door.

The $5.5 million chocolaterie and cellar door houses a state-of-the-art chocolate kitchen. 

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 and Florence - to seek inspiration. 

"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," Sandy said.

"Much of what you see in store was inspired by our travels, like our chocolate wall that was inspired by the inimitable Venchi Cioccolato e Gelato in Florence."

The facility will feature a range of more than 250 products for chocolate lovers. 

“There will be something for everyone, from watching chocolatiers making the artisan, hand-made chocolate through the 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 also an ice creamery serving freshly made gelato and the 150-seat Benni's Café, which will be serving locally sourced food. 

The complex also has a deck overlooking a lake, a private cellar, an amphitheatre and landscaped areas. 

Barossa Valley Chocolate Company will be open daily 9am-5pm at 64 Burings Road, Tanunda.

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