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Upper Bench Estate Winery

170 Upper Bench Road South, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8T1, Canada
+1 250-770-1733
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Ranked #15 of 36 activities in Penticton
Type: Wineries
Owner description: Situated in Penticton, at the gateway to the picturesque Naramata Bench, Upper Bench offers a unique experience to locals and visitors by offering... more » Owner description: 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. This year, winemaker Gavin Miller is very excited to add two more reds to Upper Bench's wine flight: a smooth Cabernet Sauvignon and a rich, bold Zweigelt in addition to their award-winning Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir, as well as a Pinot Blanc and Merlot. All of Upper Bench's wines come from the mature vines on Upper Bench's unique seven-acre seven varietal vineyard and a select few other vineyards on the picturesque 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 eight delectable cheeses in her aging rooms: U&Brie, Gold, Gold French, Gold Italian, Okanagan Sun2, Grey Baby, King Cole, and occasionally Moody Cow. 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. Open daily from 10am to 6pm from April through October and from 10am to 5pm daily November through December 22. Upper Bench will be closed for the holidays from December 23, 2013 to January 5, 2014. Open daily from 10am to 5pm from January through March. « less
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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

Olds, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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

Brisco, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Beauty winery, the owners are truly nice people, helpful and willing to answer million questions a day. The cheeses paired with the excellent wine tasting was a fantastic idea, since we ended up spending lots there. Will definitely be back and recommend a stop here on your Naramata tour.

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

Thank you for your kind words. We love what we do, so answering questions is just another way of sharing our passion with people like you who appreciate it. We look forward to your next visit! More

Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

As we entered this small winery and creamery a friendly young man with an adorable bow tie greeted us. Despite having to deal with an ornery couple doing a tasting beside us, our host made an effort to describe the wines and explain a bit about the winery’s process. I was delighted by the small samples of cheese with each... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. We love that you find our cheeses delicious and scrumptious and look forward to having you on our patio for a cheese platter the next time you are on the Naramata Bench! More

Calgary Alberta
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Our family stopped by the Upper Bench to pick up cheeses that we had originally bought at The Penticton Visitors Centre. What a brilliant concept! - joining a winemaker and cheesmaker in the same venue. Our first stop there we enjoyed a wine tasting with Aaron. A delightful gentleman who was pleasant and knowledgeable. The next day with our entire... More

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

Thank you very much for the wonderful review. It was lovely to have you and your family here on our patio and we are so pleased that your experience was fun and informative! We look forward to your next visit. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

Went here with a group and had a fabulous time! The people were absolutely wonderful and great to talk to and had an awesome time with us. This place is a must on a wine tour!!

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

Thank you! We are so happy that you and your group had a fabulous time. We love what we do and it makes us so happy to hear when others do as well. We hope to see you again soon. More

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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Cheese & Wine tasting! This winery is a must on your Naramata wine tour!! The staff has always been friendly and I've never been able to leave without buying cheese! Love this place.

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

Thank you. It is extremely flattering to be described as "a must", as there are so many fabulous wineries here on the Naramata Bench. We hope to see you again this summer! More

Penticton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

This is a nice stop on the Okanagan winery circuit. It sits on Upper Bench Rd just off Naramata Rd on the east side above Penticton . Has a simple comfortable wine tasting room where we sampled both wines and cheeses. There is also a patio if you want to sit and relax with a glass of wine instead. The... More

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

Thank you for your kind words. It's always nice to hear that someone has had a pleasant experience with us and our staff. We are just in the process of adding some shade to our patio, so please let us know what you think the next time you are able to stop in. More

Nanaimo, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Now, we've all done the wine and cheese thing at home. At the Upper Bench you can do it as well. They will pair a wine or two with cheeses and this is a refreshing treat after slogging through several glasses of wine all by itself (or with a dry cracker) at the other places. It's especially nice that they... More

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Convenient location. One of the wineries we visited on the Naramata bench. We like white wines and we are not into uber dry wines...we found one white we liked...we bought it

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