Melbourne Polytechnic's Ararat Training Centre is located in one of Victoria’s most renowned wine growing districts.
The region is noted for its exceptional sparkling wines, fruit filled whites and full bodied reds. Wines from the region have won numerous awards both nationally and internationally. The first planting at the Ararat campus was of 28 hectares of vines, which produced the first vintage in 2005.
Our Ararat Training Centre is housed at the historic site of Aradale. Originally known as the Ararat Lunatic Asylum, the facility opened in 1867 and operated for nearly 130 years until its closure as a mental hospital and training centre in 1993.
In a joint initiative between The Friends of J Ward (Ararat) and Melbourne Polytechnic, Aradale is open to the public on tours. Read further information on the tours and how to book here.
Since commencing training and research at Aradale in 2002, Melbourne Polytechnic has established the following:
- A 30 hectare vineyard
- 250 tonne winery
- A four hectare lavender farm
- Extensive training facilities