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Address: 170 Upper Bench Road South, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8T1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-770-1733
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Description: Situated in Penticton, at the gateway to the picturesque Naramata Bench...
Situated in Penticton, at the gateway to the picturesque Naramata Bench, Upper Bench offers a unique experience to locals and visitors by offering pairings of their two passions: artisan wine and hand-crafted cheese. Winemaker Gavin Miller believes great wine is made in the vineyard and farms sustainably, with out the use of chemicals or pesticides. Upper Bench produces big bold reds and crisp dry whites. All of Upper Bench's wines come from the mature vines on Upper Bench's unique seven-acre vineyard and a select few other vineyards along the Naramata Bench. Cheesemaker Shana Miller continues to create her unique and highly sought-after hand crafted artisan cheeses in her on site, CFIA registered state of the art creamery. She now has seven delectable cheeses in her aging rooms: U&Brie, Gold, Gold French, Gold Italian, Okanagan Sun, Grey Baby and a stilton style blue named King Cole. Come and watch Shana hand-craft her cheeses through the creamery window, speak to Gavin about his award-winning wines and latest releases, and enjoy a wine flight perfectly paired with one of our cheese platters on our sunny Naramata Bench patio. We are located just 2 minutes from downtown Penticton and are open all year round (except Christmas Holidays). Please check our website for our hours of operation.
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UPPERBENCH

We have hired a private driver for 4 hours . He drove us on the bench for a wine tour. We have started with Upperbench. BLUE CHEESE PARADISE ! We had the chance later in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We have hired a private driver for 4 hours . He drove us on the bench for a wine tour. We have started with Upperbench. BLUE CHEESE PARADISE ! We had the chance later in our trip to share a bit with the cheese lady and her husband the wine maker !

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My wife and I were staying in the area so dropped by an hour or so before closing to try some wine. What was interesting was the wine tastings complimented by cheese they make right there. Nice wines, very friendly service and I would recommend anyone to drop in for a slightly different experience than many wineries. The cheese we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The wine and cheese pairings are decadent! The staff was friendly and knowledgable. It was our first and favourite stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Upper Bench bench's wine and cheese combo makes it one of the most interesting wineries you'll visit in Penticton. With your wine tasting, you also get to same two of their hand-crafted cheeses that are heavenly! The wines are an acquired taste for some, especially for those who like a sweet finish to their wines. Upper Bench owner is a... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

One of the few wineries offering wine and cheese pairings. Their patio menu includes small platters and picnic baskets, which could be a nice pit stop snack. The cheeses are simply the best. I usually walk away with a small collection, but the blue cheese is the freshest I've ever tasted and the Merlot pairing cannot be beat. A bit... More 

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Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We were doing a self-guided driving trip of the wineries in the Okagagan when our Australian guests said "too bad there isn't a wine and cheese tasting winery". Just moments later we saw a sign for the Upper Bench Winery and creamery. Indeed they are the only winery that does wine and cheese tasting in this region. Their cheese is... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We stopped in for a wine tasting and they offer cheese pairings which I was happy about. We tasted the brie and decided to buy some on our way out, along with some of their delicious wines :)

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

It was just one of those lets stop and see what`s here and I am glad that I did. The wine and cheese are both good, I bought the wine and now wishing that I could have purchased some cheese it was a road trip and sadly no refrigeration in the transportation. I am sampling the Riesling now and have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

Had a fabulous visit! I would highly recommend stopping by on your tour. The cheese is fabulous. Great patio for a glass of wine or tasting. Did not go home without a few bottles of wine and cheese. Such kind and welcoming owners and staff. I will be back.

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UpperBench, Manager at Upper Bench Estate Winery, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to write a review, we truly appreciate it. We look forward to your next visit and having you on our patio for some wine and cheese! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We were looking for fresh cheese and wine and was recommended the upper bench. We were not disappointed. Very good service and explanation of wines and cheeses. Bought both and had wine and cheeses when we returned to our campground. Will look for their products again.

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UpperBench, Manager at Upper Bench Estate Winery, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit as well as our wine and cheese. Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to the Okanagan. More 

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Address: 170 Upper Bench Road South, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8T1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-770-1733
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Okanagan Valley  >  Penticton
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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