Moorabool Valley Chocolate began in May 2005, operating from a farmhouse kitchen built in the 1920s. That was soon outgrown, and a bedroom at the front of the house was converted into a commercial kitchen.
2008 saw the next stage in the expansion of the business, when the cafe was added, opening to the public three days before Mother's Day.
In 2011 the chocolatiers moved out of the shared kitchen into a dedicated chocolate preparation area. Chocolate moulding machines and an enrober were purchased. Recently we added a spinning machine to assist in making hollow figures such as Santas and Easter bunnies.
The business employs nine staff, and supplies chocolates to a number of coastal bed-and-breakfast premises, as well as local estate agents and other organisations.
Owner and chocolatier, Lynne Meek, is responsible for the planning and creation of the chocolate range and cafe items. She learned her craft at the Melbourne's prestigious Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School, where chocolatiers from all over our region receive their training. Our team of chocolatiers takes pride in bringing you custom-made, unique chocolate creations.
In the cafe, our friendly staff will help you find a seat and take your order. We endeavour to accommodate gluten-free, vegetarian and other dietary requirements.
The cafe is located on a horse agistment farm known as 'Bellerive' on the Midland Highway, Batesford, just 6km from the Geelong CBD. Customers can watch the horses from inside the cafe, or on the outside deck. A short walk down a ramp leads to a shaded courtyard with a running water feature.
Chocolatiers are working from Wednesday to Friday, and can be observed through the viewing window opposite the service counter.
We specialise in hand-painted chocolate novelties, as well as an extensive range of chocolates and traditional confectionery.
We accept bookings for functions and, subject to weather conditions, the outdoor areas on the deck and the courtyard are available for private functions.
In May 2015, we celebrated 10 years of serving Geelong and south-western Victoria