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Varias - Restuarant & Function Centre

Queensland College of Wine Tourism - Education & Training

Banca Ridge Winery & Cellar Door

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, Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE, 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 & Function Centre, together with the Banca Ridge Vineyard & Cellar Door, that are open to the public from 9:00am to 4:00pm, 7 days a week.

Varias Restaurant offers a world class dining experience featuring an outstanding a la carte luncheon menu in our award winning architecturally designed facility.  With a focus on the best in local produce, prepared and served by hospitality students to a high industry standard, dine in front of the stunning open fire or on warmer days, enjoy dining on the deck overlooking our spring fed dam, Banca Ridge Vineyard and the township of Stanthorpe.

The Cellar Door provides a commercial education and training context for students of the college and features the award winning Banca Ridge wines.  Visitors can browse through the Interpretative Gallery which tells the story of the Queensland Wine Industry.  Let our tourism students lead you through tastings of the full range of Banca Ridge wines.

The origin of Varias...

Derived from the Latin 'varius' meaning 'variety' or 'diversity', the name Varias captures the essence of the Queensland and Granite Belt wine tourism experience, exemplified in our Cellar Door and Restaurant.

This diversity is expressed at various levels:

the wide variety of agricultural and pastoral produce deriving from our region and featured on our restaurant menu
the diverse and eclectic range of wine varietals (Strangebirds) for which the Granite Belt is becoming renowned, with several Strangebirds - Verdelho, Viognier, Marsanne, Tempranillo and Petit Verdot - featuring on our Banca Ridge wine list
it also expresses the diversity of the College's operations, including

education and training in viticulture, wine making, oenology, tourism, hospitality and business across 3 sectors - Secondary, TAFE and University - contextualised in a real business setting, including Varia's Restaurant, Conference and Function Centre.

the key industry centre for Wine Tourism in Queensland
a centre for industry services and promotion
a learning support centre of the University of Southern Queensland

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What others have to say...

"Decided to have lunch here for the first time despite living in Stanthorpe for over a year now.  We shared the caramelized onion bruscetta (yum), had the snapper and pork belly for mains (both excellent) and had the sticky date and opera cake for dessert.  Wow."

"You have got to try this place for a meal.  Try the main course tasting platter with matched wines.  Who says you cannot get a great wine out of Qld. the food by chef Ben is astounding and matches incredibly.  We had four meals their over weekend.  We were on "wine Maker for a weekend" package."

"The restaurant and head chef are six star.  Can also recommend strongly the winemaking weekend.  Both Mike and Peter are able to talk about wine and the winemaking process in a way that non experts understand.  Great weekend."

 

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Queensland College of Wine Tourism

22 Caves Road
Stanthorpe QLD 4380

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Opening Hours

Open to the Public
9:00am - 4:00pm
7 Days a Week
Open from 8:00am Sundays for Breakfast

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Contact Us

P: +61 7 4685 5050
F: +61 7 4685 5099
 

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