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Upper Bench Estate Winery

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Address: 170 Upper Bench Road South, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8T1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-770-1733
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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Excellent Wine Tasting and Friendly Hosts

We visited this family run estate winery and were greater by very friendly and knowledgable staff. Mike served from their five open wines (all dry) and also served cheese pairings... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jeff P
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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We couldn't resist stopping here.... wine AND cheese.....OK! The tasting room was quite small, so in order to enjoy the cheese, you had to take a seat outside on the patio. The weather wasn't great, but we were still able to enjoy it! We had the cheese board and a flight of wine that included 3 samples of wine with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this family run estate winery and were greater by very friendly and knowledgable staff. Mike served from their five open wines (all dry) and also served cheese pairings from their own creamery. Their Riesling was my personal favorite and the U&Brie and Greybaby cheese paired well... Mmmm. Worth a stop if your in the Penticton and Naramata area... More 

1 Thank Jeff P
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tasting here was great - five wines with 3 cheese pairings included. Would have liked to stay for a sit down cheese platter but the weather wasn't cooperating unfortunately !

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Placerville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

If you like great artisanal cheeses, this is your place. Wine tastings are paired with appropriate cheeses. Wine really good (different ones different ratings; let your own taste guide you) but all the cheeses very fresh and tasty.

1 Thank TS1362015
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

These really should be two separate TA entries. However, I came doing research for an up coming shower...in search a great cheese paired with great wine. The hand made cheese here were excellent. I tried them all, and very much enjoyed the blue cheese, however, any of them would be excellent cheeses with a good wine. They offer cheese cakes,... More 

2 Thank Kevin D
Langley City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

We were recommended to go here by a dear friend- We have covered a lot of winery ground over the years from Italy - France - Napa and of course Okanagan but never here - well!!!! The cheese board (you pick the 3 cheeses) and the wine and options are all amazing! Thanks Kim and Dwayne for a first class... More 

1 Thank cgarson
Blue Mountains, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

My daughter and self did the cheese tastings here, the cheese was delicious and I wanted to bring lots home, but was offered to have the cheese shipped, so when I return home I will be having some of their cheese shipped to Ontario

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

This winery is also a creamery which produces excellent cheeses. The usual wine tasting setup is augmented by appropriate cheese pairings. Both wines and cheeses are very good in their own, but the combo was an excellent diversion from the normal procedure at other wineries on the Naramata Bench and elsewhere. Worth a visit!

1 Thank Paul K
Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Great knowledgeable service and the AMAZING cheese. The sweet beautiful amazing cheese. The combination makes for a very memorable wine tour experience. I would recommend this to anyone! Top 10 wine experience in the Okanagan.

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Lincoln, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

To taste wine and their cheese was something we had not done before and it was a treat! The homemade cheese were excellent and the wine went nicely. The tasting room was a bit small but the patio was very nice.

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