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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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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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Taste the grape with cheese

The wines were good but the addition of those wonderful cheeses made the experience wonderful. Try the old blue cheese and you won't walk away without buying some.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

The wines were good but the addition of those wonderful cheeses made the experience wonderful. Try the old blue cheese and you won't walk away without buying some.

Thank Art L
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We were there on the last weekend of the fall wine festival and there was no room to get to the counter for a tasting so we waited because I really wanted to taste the cheese. And the wine. But mostly the cheese. I was not disappointed. We ended up buying the King Cole blue cheese and a wedge of... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Biked to this winery off the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. Went in and in spite of my appearance they were very patient . Had the wine and cheese flight and the cheese was perfectly paired to the wine. The wine had several good choices ,my favourite being the Pinot Noir. Have looked for this wine several places, you have to... More 

1 Thank Ken M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Great blue cheese - I really recommend buying yourself a wedge of the King Cole blue and some crackers and then breaking it out for a picnic later in the day. This blue cheese is definitely best when it's closer to room temperature, rather than straight out of the fridge so don't worry about not having an ice pack with... More 

1 Thank Bronwyn G
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

The wines were good, but the cheeses were even better. Definitely worth stopping in to try out the excellent selection of wines and cheeses, I will definitely stop in again.

1 Thank scbcme
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We sat down on the terrace and enjoying our beautiful surroundings. We asked for a cheeseplatter with some charcuterie. First I got 3 red wines to taste with 3 different cheeses. My gosh I felt like I was in heaven :) when I tried the cheeses with the wine! We got a great explanation about which cheese to eat with... More 

1 Thank Marianne02_13
Red Deer, Canada
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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 

2 Thank LazyRose
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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!

1 Thank Desjoquist
Edmonton, Canada
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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 

1 Thank kpatters
Canmore, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 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.

Thank Sarah B

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