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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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Great Food (and Wine) Stop On Your Winery Circuit

I'm not a big wine drinker, so I was the designated driver for our little day out on the winery circuit. The only thing I really had on my own personal list was that we had to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I'm not a big wine drinker, so I was the designated driver for our little day out on the winery circuit. The only thing I really had on my own personal list was that we had to come here for their cheese plate. When we walked in, we were asked if we wanted to sit outside for our tasting, so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We almost drove by without stopping as it does not look like much compared to some of the beautiful wineries with views, but we are really glad we stopped! The home-made cheeses were so tasty and the wines were excellent. Definitely worth stopping!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

After picking up a variety of wines from the nearby wineries we stopped into our second cheese place to pick up more cheese. Once again they provided some samples that we enjoyed. Beside cheese we picked up a pack of unique crackers. This is a good stop on your way home to ensure the cheese stays cool. They have a... More 

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Canmore, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The brie is delicious and the idea of pairing wine and cheese is great. Wines are good, but there are better in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We wanted to visit a unique winery as we were overwhelmed with the number of wineries around Penticton. We were greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff. We ordered their wine and cheese sampler and boy was that ever good! For $25 I thought it was the best meal I had. I love their Merlot and the variety of cheeses they... More 

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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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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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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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