Attentive to the quality of their products, this chocolate factory produces top-of-the-range chocolates every day by combining the selection of high-quality raw materials with a traditional expertise that honours French gastronomy. Tours and production workshops are available for adults and children.
Castelain Chocolate Factory owes much of its continuous success to its passionate and welcoming team, and today, has 3 chocolate shops in the Provençal area.
Free all year round:
- Video projection on the history of chocolate and production of cocoa (duration: 25 mins, available in F, GB, D, NL, I)
- catch a glimpse of the production workshops through large doors
- visit the "Gourmet & Gourmand" shop (250 m2). Here, buy chocolates produced on-site and taste some of the specialities: le Palet des Papes & la Picholine. Provence specialities and products (nougats, calissons, tapenade, candied fruit, syrups). Wine and alcohol, selection of wine from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône, natural sweet wines, Provence liqueurs.
Guided tour of the production workshops: 45 mins (with tasting) to discover the secrets of the creation of artisanal chocolate and learn about the different steps in the process of its production. Every day at 3 pm for individuals and by appointment for groups. Price: €4.50 for individuals, (please enquire for group rate when making appointment), free for under 12's. Group guided tours on quotation.
Chocolate workshops: (for individuals and groups of 5-15 people)
Would you like to learn how to make your own chocolate? Take a 2-hour workshop in the company of a master chocolatier. Take your creations home with you (if you didn't eat them all already during the workshop!) Prices on request.
Thematic courses (groups of 10-25 people).
A 45-minute introduction to choose from the themes on offer:
Discovery of cocoa crus, the history of chocolate, Combination of wine and chocolate, or wine and spices,
Incentive games, blind tastings, quiz... On reservation. Prices on request based on chosen theme. Conclude your visit with another gourmet break at the Bar à chocolat with a hot chocolate and little sweets (menu and prices on site)
Workshops on offer for all ages! Please enquire for timetable.
The chocolate factory is associated with "La Provence à vélo".
In 1994 Bernard Castelain founded the chocolate factory in the heart of the world-famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards. His first chocolate, le Palet des Papes, was born from the harmony of chocolate and wine - the perfect balance between dark chocolate and Marc de Châteauneuf du Pape.