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The Queensland College of Wine Tourism is a joint venture between the University of Southern Queensland and the Department of Education, Training and Employment and opened in April 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 University of Southern Queensland, Stanthorpe State High School and 27 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 and Function Centre, together with the Banca Ridge Vineyard and Cellar Door and is open to the public for lunch from 10am to 3pm, 7 days a week and dinner from 6pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Varias Restaurant also provides a daily a la carte morning tea menu. In winter, dine in front of the fireplace or on warmer days enjoy dining on the deck overlooking the spring fed dam and vineyard.

Please note we are closed public holidays and bookings are strongly recommended.

Varias Restaurant
Food and Wine Events
Banca Ridge Cellar Door and Winery
Schools Program
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Qualifications




Our shredded office paper is given to Stanthorpe Community Garden for their use.

The Queensland College of Wine Tourism is a smoke free campus.