Providing specialist education & training related to the Wine Tourism Industry...

The Queensland College of Wine Tourism is a joint venture between the Department of Education and Training and the University of Southern Queensland. The college opened in March 2007.

A state-of-the-art $8.5 million education and training facility for the Queensland wine tourism industry, the College is located on the campus of Stanthorpe State High School and provides specialist education and training facilities for the wine tourism industry.

In partnership with the University of Southern Queensland, Stanthorpe State High School and 20 other Gateway Schools, the College provides training from secondary to tertiary levels in viticulture, oenology, tourism, hospitality and business.

The education and training programs are developed in partnership with the wine tourism industry.
The College incorporates the Award Winning Varias Restaurant, Conference & Function Centre, together with the Banca Ridge Vineyard & Cellar Door, that are open to the public from 10:00am to 3:00pm, 7 days a week. Varias Restaurant provides a daily lunch menu prepared and served by hospitality students under industry supervision.  It is also open for a la carte dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. In winter, dine in front of the open fire or on warmer days enjoy dining on the deck overlooking the spring fed dam and vineyard.

Media Release:  "Varias Restaurant Tastes Success..."

For the third consecutive year Varias Restaurant at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism has won the Restaurant and Caterers Association 2017 Award for Excellence in the best winery in a Winery category. QCWT CEO, Peter O’Reilly was quick to acknowledge the efforts of Kim Gallaway and Chef Drew Simpson for the achievement. “It is a wonderful feather in the cap of our trainers that a training restaurant can consistently achieve the standards required to win awards such as these,” he said. The Awards for Excellence are judged by an independent team of trained judges who anonymously visit the venues to determine the winners. The scores are based on the entire dining experience from food to the customer service experienced when the judges anonymously dine.


Secondary Schools

The College facilitates the 'Food & Wine Tourism Gateway Schools' program, with 20 schools across Queensland, delivering programs that orient students to careers in the Industry.  These include short "Headstart" programs and full Certificates.  Please refer to our Programs for Schools page.

Industry Training

QCWT delivers nationally accredited Certificates in Wine Operations and Hospitality in partnership with Registered Training Organisations as well as up-skilling programs.  The College is an approved Provider for the international WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) awards, which are delivered to industry both on and off campus.  Please refer to our Industry Training page.


University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

USQ is a Joint Venture Partner in QCWT and offers a wine major in the Bachelor of Science program, as well as conducting research programs from the QCWT laboratories and winery.

Provides enrolment and learning support for the broader range of USQ tertiary programs as well as face to face teaching of tertiary access programs.

Contact:  Catherine Orford, USQ Student Centre Coordinator (07 4685 5010)


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