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Banca Ridge Winery & Cellar Door


Banca Ridge Winery & Cellar Door @ the Queensland College of Wine Tourism

Banca Ridge Winery & Cellar Door is located at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism (QCWT) in the heart of Queensland's Granite Belt Wine Region, Stanthorpe.

Granite Belt Wines are truly world class - and no visit to the Granite Belt is complete without a visit to this state-of-the-art facility.  Let our tourism students lead you through tastings of the full range of Banca Ridge wines. Our cellar door also showcases award winning Queensland wines.

Varias Restaurant, located adjacent to the Cellar Door (open from 10:00am to 3:00pm, 7 days a week), provides the perfect venue to indulge your love of fine food & award winning wines while overlooking the tranquil Banca Ridge Vineyard.


Vineyard Update...


May 2014

The cold snap experienced on the Granite Belt recently appears to have been enough to send the vineyards into their much deserved Winter shut-down.

Autumn colours have prevailed and the leaves are now starting to fall.  That means it's time to hunt around the shed for the pruning knives and saws and think about those early morning fogs that make pruning such a Winter delight.

In the winery, the current year whites have been through their stabilisation processes and are being prepared for bottling (except for a small parcel of Chardonnay that is resting in oak for bottling later in the year).  Last years reds are coming out of barrels to make room for the current vintage.

It is time to assess the magic of barrel ageing and prepare the 2013 red wines for bottling as well.  First cab off the rank will be the Tempranillo.  The wine has matured in French Oak for the past 14 months and now displays some obvious wood characters on both the nose and palate.  With well balanced fruit, oak and tannins, the 2013 Banca Ridge Tempranillo will be an enjoyable tipple over the next 5 years or so.



Banca Ridge & QCWT  -  at a glance...

The College provides specialist education and training for the wine tourism industry.  In partnership with the University of Southern Queensland, Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE, Stanthorpe State High School and 17 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 Queensland College of Wine Tourism has state-of-the-art facilities and is recognised as a lead centre for the wine tourism industry.  The College incorporates the Banca Ridge Winery & Cellar door, Banca Ridge Vineyard and the Varias Restaurant & Function Centre.

Banca Ridge Cellar Door  -  Open 10:00 am to 3:00pm, 7 days a week

Open to the public from 10:00am to 3:00pm daily, Banca Ridge Cellar Door provides a commercial education and training context for students of the College and features the award winning Banca Ridge wines made by students in the teaching winery.

Banca Ridge Interpretive Gallery - the story of the Queensland Wine Industry

Visitors to Banca Ridge can browse through the Interpretive Gallery which tells the story of the Queensland wine industry through static and dynamic displays.  Alternatively, book a tour of the College which may include a three minute presentation in the theatrette, usually presented by a tourism student.


Banca Ridge  -  Estate Wines


Banca Ridge  -  Gateway Series Wines

The Estate wines are grown and produced by Stanthorpe State High School students under the guidance of a professional winemaker.  The school vineyard was planted in 2000 and consists of Marsanne and Merlot grapes.


The series includes:


The Gateway Series is produced by students from the Gateway Schools 'Young Winemakers' program at QCWT.  Under industry guidance, students pick, crush, produce, bottle and label these wines.


The series includes:

Dot Point Marsanne - 2003, 2004, 2005   Dot Point Semillon Dot Point Verdelho
Dot Point Fossickers White - 2006   Dot Point Shiraz Dot Point Tempranillo
Dot Point Merlot - 2004, 2005   Dot Point Petit Verdot Dot Point Cabernet Sauvignon
Dot Point Tin Miners Red - 2005   Dot Point Chardonnay Dot Point Sparkling Chardonnay
Dot Point Passito - 2008   Dot Point Rose Dot Point Pinot Noir


Varias Restaurant & Function Centre

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Queensland College of Wine Tourims - Information Brochure

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22 Caves Road
Stanthorpe QLD 4380

P O Box 318    Stanthorpe QLD  4380

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