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Upper Bench Estate Winery

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Address: 170 Upper Bench Rd S, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8T1, Canada
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+1 250-770-1733
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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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Wine and cheese

He (Gavin was there that day) makes the wine. She makes the cheese. Great, knowledgable host who paired a variety of soft cheeses with their whites and reds. Not as wild about... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 November 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

He (Gavin was there that day) makes the wine. She makes the cheese. Great, knowledgable host who paired a variety of soft cheeses with their whites and reds. Not as wild about their wines as other vineyards but they were well received by our Ontario friends traveling with us. Their cheeses, however are to die for, especially the U Brie... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We didn't plan on stopping at this winery but when the sign said wine & cheese....you stop of course! Glad we did! Enjoyed a wine and cheese pairing and they were delicious. I am not a huge blue cheese fan but the two sampled...one which was a creamy Brie paired well with red wine! Learned something new and came home... More 

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White Rock, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This was not on our short list of preferred wineries, but we stopped when we saw they had cheese and wine. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality. They make a good range of cheeses, and we especially liked the blue cheese. We liked the red wine enough to sign up for their wine club. Both the cab franc and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We visited this winery for the first time as we were staying close by. Not disappointed and loved it. -No sugar added to the wine which is good for diabetics - The make their own cheese which we sampled in the wine tasting room. Golden & Brie. Both wonderful. We brought home some to enjoy later. A must visit

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Okotoks, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Loved the Merlot and Cheeses Good experience, friendly and knowledgeable staff Easy to find. Wine tasting fee waived on purchase of wine. Would I go again - yes

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Penticton, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

After having visited 5 other wineries on the Naramata Bench, a group of 4 of us stopped here on the way back into Penticton about 1 hour before they closed. What a contrast! The young(ish) girl who was serving was totally disinterested in us, lacked charm and was more concerned with filling in some paperwork than telling us about the... More 

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

Dear Allan W, I am very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your most recent visit to Upper Bench. I take full responsibility for the poor treatment you received as I am fairly certain that I am the person that served you. I am the Wine Club Manager here at Upper Bench and as I have shipment coming... More 

Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We love this winery so much we had a "cheese" cake, which was 5 layers of Upper Bench Brie, made for our wedding. It was beautiful and absolutely delicious and so well received by our guests. A must have for a winery wedding! Thank you so much Shana!

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Edmonton, AB
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Arrived at the same time as a tour so felt a bit neglected. They also were limiting the cheese tastings which was disappointing. Still good wine and lovely cheese, recommend a stop here.

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Richmond, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

I have been to many wineries and this one sucked big time! The server was so cold and pretentious. Definitely not her calling. Wine was good but her chill made the whole event chilling I bought some cheese which I might add is very good but quite expensive. When it came time to pay, even though I bought the cheese... More 

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

Dear Wings298, We are very sorry to hear you had a negative experience at Upper Bench, but we are glad to hear that you enjoyed our wines and cheese. Your experience certainly does not reflect the experience we want our customers to have when they visit us and we are sincerely sorry that you did not enjoy yourself while here.... More 

Vancouver, BC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

We went to this winery on recommendation of our daughter who knows the winemaker, Gavin. He gave us a private tour to show us how things work and we got to sample the a couple of the wines from the holding tanks and they were excellent. We sampled all the wines they had for tastings as well as some of... More 

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