Hunter Valley Chocolate

The Hunter Valley is a haven for chocolate enthusiasts seeking a delectable escape. Renowned for its artisanal approach to crafting high-quality chocolates, the Hunter has become a must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike. From velvety smooth truffles to intricately designed chocolate bars, the artisans of Hunter Valley chocolate factories offer a tantalizing array of sweet delights that cater to every palate.

Indulge in a sensory journey as you explore a vast selection of handcrafted chocolates made with locally sourced ingredients. The winemaking region’s fertile soil and temperate climate contribute to the unique flavors infused into each delightful piece. Whether you’re a fan of dark chocolate with a hint of Hunter Valley red wine or prefer the classic combination of milk chocolate and hazelnuts, the skilled chocolatiers in the Hunter Valley have perfected the art of creating a symphony of flavors that dance on your taste buds.

Immerse yourself in the world of chocolate-making, where passion, quality, and sustainability blend seamlessly to create an unforgettable experience for chocolate connoisseurs and casual sweet enthusiasts alike. Plan your visit today and savor the rich flavors of Hunter Valley chocolate, a gem in the Australian culinary landscape. Why not spread a picnic blanket under the shade of a tree and enjoy the tranquil country Hunter Valley vistas as you savour chocolate and cheese in Hunter Valley vineyards, or pick up a chocolate hamper to take home and enjoy it at your leisure with family and friends.

What is Chocolate?

Chocolate is a delicious and popular sweet treat that is made from the seeds of the cacao tree (Theobroma Cacao). The process of making chocolate involves harvesting, fermenting, drying, roasting, and grinding the cacao beans. The resulting product is cocoa mass, which is a thick paste. This cocoa mass is then further processed to separate cocoa solids from cocoa butter.

The two main components of chocolate are cocoa solids and cocoa butter. The ratio of these components, along with the addition of sugar and, in the case of milk chocolate, milk solids, determines the type and flavor of the chocolate. Dark chocolate typically has a higher cocoa solids content, giving it a rich and intense flavor, while milk chocolate contains milk solids, making it sweeter and creamier.

Chocolate is enjoyed in various forms, including bars, truffles, pralines, and hot beverages. Chocolate is not only appreciated for its taste but also for its cultural significance and the joy it brings to people around the world. Additionally, research suggests that dark chocolate, in moderation, may have certain health benefits due to its antioxidant content.

shaved hunter valley chocolate on timber bench

Chocolate Vocabulary

For a chocoholic, chocolate is not merely a treat; it’s a lifestyle, a source of comfort, and an inexhaustible joy that elevates every moment. Want to sound like a chocolate expert? Here are the definitions of some common words associated with chocolate making. Throw a few of these words around at your next dinner party and impress your friends, or at least sound like you know what you’re talking about!

Brownie – A small, chewy, cakelike cookie, usually made with chocolate and containing nuts.

Cacao – A small tropical evergreen tree (Theobroma cacao) cultivated for its seeds. The source of cocoa and chocolate.

Cacao Butter – Cocoa butter. A fatty substance obtained from the seeds of the cacao. Also used in making soaps, cosmetics, and other products.

Cocoa Bean – The seed of the cacao.

Chocolatier – A person or company that specializes in making chocolate confections.

Bittersweet Chocolate – A dark chocolate with a high cocoa content and lower sugar content, providing a rich and intense flavor.

Couverture Chocolate – High-quality chocolate with a high cocoa butter content, often used by professional chocolatiers.

Dark Chocolate – Chocolate that contains a high percentage of cocoa solids and little to no milk solids.

Hot Chocolate – A warm beverage made by melting chocolate in milk or water and often sweetened.

Milk Chocolate – Chocolate that includes milk solids, making it sweeter and creamier.

Semisweet Chocolate – A type of dark chocolate with a moderate sugar content, commonly used in baking.

Unsweetened Chocolate – Chocolate that contains no added sugar, often used in baking recipes.

White Chocolate – A confection made from cocoa butter, sugar, and milk solids but does not contain cocoa solids.

Cocoa – The dried and fully fermented fatty seed of Theobroma cacao, from which chocolate is made.

Cocoa Bean – The seed of the cacao tree, used in the production of chocolate.

Cocoa Butter – The fat extracted from cocoa beans during chocolate production, giving chocolate its smooth texture.

Cocoa Nibs – Small, crushed pieces of roasted cocoa beans, often used in baking or as a topping.

Cocoa Solids – The non-fat part of the cocoa bean, responsible for the chocolate flavor.

Fudge – A soft candy made of sugar, butter, milk, chocolate, and sometimes nuts.

Ganache – A mixture of chocolate and cream, used as a filling or frosting for cakes and pastries.

Gianduja – A smooth chocolate and hazelnut paste or praline.

Mousse – A sweetened and flavored dessert with a base of whipped cream, beaten egg whites, or both.

Praline – A sweet confection made by combining nuts (often almonds or hazelnuts) with caramelized sugar.

Tempering – The process of heating and cooling chocolate to ensure smooth texture and glossy appearance.


Chocolate and Wine – Hunter Valley Tours

Personalised Hunter Valley private chocolate tasting tours for your group!

If you love tasting artisan chocolate, the Hunter Valley is home to some of the best artisan chocolatiers that can be found within two hours of Sydney. Classic Tours offer Hunter Valley chocolate tasting tours, chocolate and wine pairing tours, and chocolate-making tours. Here are the best chocolate shops in Wine Country that are worthy of inclusion on your gourmet Hunter Valley wine tour. Book a Hunter Valley chocolate tour and combine it with a beer, spirit or wine tasting tour for the ultimate private Hunter Valley tour experience. If you’re a chocoholic, get chocolate overload and visit all the chocolate factory outlets at once with our Hunter Valley chocolate tours! Here are some of our favourite chocolate outlets in the Hunter Valley.

Hunter Valley Chocolate Company

As visitors step into the inviting ambiance of the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company, they are greeted by the rich aroma of cocoa, setting the stage for a journey into the art of chocolate-making. The Hunter Valley Chocolate Company takes pride in using locally sourced ingredients, infusing the essence of the fertile vineyards into each meticulously crafted piece. From silky truffles to artisanal chocolate bars, the diverse array of offerings caters to a spectrum of tastes, making it a destination that appeals to both connoisseurs and casual chocolate enthusiasts.

At the ‘Twenty-3-Twenty’  location visitors are able to view Peter the chocolatier and their fudge maker preparing the range of chocolates and fudge for the company’s stores. The factory’s commitment to sustainability is evident, showcasing a dedication to ethical sourcing and environmentally friendly practices. With its picturesque location and a commitment to the art and science of chocolate-making, the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company has firmly established itself as a must-visit destination, inviting guests to indulge in the sweet pleasures of Hunter Valley’s chocolate heritage.

Address 1: 2320 Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320.

Hours: 9am to 5pm 7 days

Address 2: Petersons Champagne House, Corner Broke and Branxton Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Hours: 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday

espresso martini bon bons
hot chocolate
dark coconut rough pieces
white chocolate pistachio bars

Cocoa Nib

Cocoa Nib beckons to those who appreciate the pure and unadulterated essence of chocolate. As artisan chocolatiers, Cocoa Nib takes pride in crafting its creations with a meticulous focus on quality and flavor. With a commitment to showcasing the finest ingredients, Cocoa Nib creates an immersive chocolate experience that resonates with the rich agricultural heritage of the Hunter Valley region.

Drop in for a unique handmade treat and try one of over 40 different sweets. Or pick up a gift for that special someone. If you aren’t in a rush, settle in for morning tea, afternoon tea or pop in for dessert after lunch. Visit Cocoa Nib in the Hunter Valley to enjoy their artisan range of bonbons, tarts and chocolate treats, paired with Silverskin coffee.

Address 1: Keith Tulloch Wine, 989 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin, NSW 2320

Hours: 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sunday

Address 2: Shop 10/200 Union Street, The Junction NSW 2291

Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Saturday, 9am to 2pm Sunday

hazelnut mouse with mandarin cream
dark chocolate rocky road
lamington bon bons
chocolate cart wheels

Sabor Dessert Bar

Overlooking beautiful Lambloch Estate, Sabor Dessert Bar stands out as a haven for those with a sweet tooth. Renowned for its commitment to crafting desserts with a perfect balance of flavors and artistic presentation, Sabor Dessert Bar has become a culinary gem in the wine region. From velvety chocolate mousse adorned with delicate edible flowers to intricately layered pastries, every dessert at Sabor is a masterpiece that reflects the passion and expertise of the skilled pastry chefs. The menu, a symphony of textures and tastes, showcases a diverse range of treats, including tarts, cakes, and innovative creations that are as visually stunning as they are delicious.

As a dessert destination, Sabor Dessert Bar goes beyond the ordinary, offering an inviting ambiance that complements the delightful array of sweets. hether you’re a local seeking a sweet escape or a visitor exploring Hunter Valley, Sabor Dessert Bar is a must-visit destination where every bite is a celebration of flavor, creativity, and the joy that comes with indulging in the finer things in life. Join us on one of our customised Hunter Valley wine tours and you too can learn why this is one of our favourite places to visit in Wine Country.

Address: Lambloch Estate, 2342 Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Hours: 10am to 4.30pm Sunday Monday Thursday Friday, 10am to 5.30pm Saturday

sabor dessert
sabor strawberry chocolate dessert
sabor chocolate fudge and macaroons
sabor chocolate dessert

Chocolate Tasting Hunter Valley

Fuelled from the lush Hunter Valley pastures, this creative food and wine region is a favourite destination for chocoholics. Watch chocolate production and enjoy handmade artisan chocolate in the Hunter Valley direct from the maker. Chocolate experts are always on hand to introduce guests to the many varieties on offer, provide tasting advice and answer any questions you may have. With a cellar door nearby, an accompanying wine is also within easy reach.

On our small group wine and chocolate tasting Hunter Valley tours, Classic Tours guests can enjoy visiting chocolate and cheese factories, vineyards, breweries, distilleries and boutique produce stores. With standard and custom itineraries available, your private Hunter Valley chocolate tours experience with Classic Tours is just a phone call away. Book your tour now!

Pokolbin/Lovedale PickUp

From $130 per person (minimum group numbers apply).
  • Local pickup from accommodation
  • Visit 3 wineries or distilleries
  • Cheese or chocolate factory visit
  • Tasting fees included
  • Lunch stops optional (at your expense)
  • Local drop off to your accommodation
  • Water included

Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Pick Up

From $160 per person (minimum group numbers apply).
  • Up to 4 location pickup/drop-off points
  • Visit 3 wineries or distilleries
  • Cheese or chocolate factory visit
  • Tasting fees included
  • Lunch stops optional (at your expense)
  • Return to set location drop off points
  • Water included

What People Are Saying


Fantastic day, everything was made so easy dealing with Therese. She helped us tailor the day to include the vineyards we wanted to visit and suggested others we included. The minibus was clean and comfortable and they supplied a car seat for our granddaughter.
Totally recommend using Classic Tours and would definitely use them again. Such a fun day. Thanks Therese.

Maryanne H.

Thank you Therese, for an excellent day on Saturday. It was an absolute pleasure and we will be happy to recommend your services to family and friends 😃

Meredith H.

A great afternoon spent with Classic Tours. Therese was fantastic and helpful all the way from booking to dropping us home. Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend.

Meredith H.

So much fun, thank you Therese for such a fab day. Loved the wineries you chose, can’t pick a favourite they were all so good. Thanks for putting up with us, can’t wait to do it again.

Jane S.

Thanks so much Therese, best ever vineyard tour. Ticked every box but especially for making us feel relaxed and driving all us ladies around in your beautiful new vehicle and showing us a fabulous time.

Keryn M.

Therese you gave us such an amazing day. Great choice of wineries and lunch venue. Will definitely use Classic Tours again.

Julieanne H.

Classic Tours Therese our hostess and driver was amazing – punctual, courteous and lots of fun. We visited 4 vineyards throughout the day and enjoyed a wonderful lunch. The 12 seat bus was brand new and so comfortable. Fully recommend this company.

Sue R.