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, that are open to the public from 10am to 3pm, 7 days a week. Varias Restaurant provides a daily a la carte morning tea and lunch menu. 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.