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Upper Bench Estate Winery

170 Upper Bench Rd S, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8T1, Canada
+1 250-770-1733
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Okanagan Wine, Brew, and Spirits Experience with Optional Dinner
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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170 Upper Bench Rd S, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8T1, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best for 4 reasons. 1) Some of the best wines on the Bench 2) Delicious cheese - as stand alone or incorporated in your creative recipes 3) Pizza that could stand up to any great Italian pizza from Naples and 4) Owned...More

Thank deirdreriley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were in Osoyoos/Penticton area for 4 days to try as many wines and eat as much good food as we could find. On our fist day we went to Upper Bench to try their cheeses and decided to have lunch there...More

1  Thank Anne N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The here wine was fine, not incredible or super memorable, but the cheese was to die for. The king cole blue may be my favourite cheese ever. Worth stopping by just to try it

Thank Samantha G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We biked to Upper Bench for wine tasting and lunch. The wine tasting included the Winery's own cheese which was very good.The wine was very good We both had pizza which was excellent.The combination of cheese,sauce and local ingredients as well as a very good...More

Thank travelmedia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all, I would disregard the negative reviews of this winery. The wines are among the best in the immediate area. The 2014 Yard wine and Merlot are both excellent. The pizzas are also first class with thin crust and a very eclectic combination...More

Thank S5marty
UpperBench, Manager at Upper Bench Estate Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your kind words and we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us at Upper Bench. We absolutely love what we do and we love sharing it with others, so hearing how much people really enjoy our...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

was hoping for a cheese based lunch (to purchase) and was offered pizza for purchase or two half sugar-cube sized cheese tastings along with some wines. I wasn't fussed with the wines though I'm sure they'd appeal to some (my wife bought a bottle). Their...More

Thank Brad M
UpperBench, Manager at Upper Bench Estate Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of Upper Bench; we value all feedback as it helps us grow and provide the absolute best for our customers. We are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy our cheeses,...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

We had a wine tasting here (paired with cheeses), a scrumptious cheese and charcuterie plate with pairings and a pizza (with these sun kissed Okanagan peaches on it, delicious!) from the wood fired oven. The pizza crust was perfectly chewy and crispy, one of the...More

Thank Miracle131
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We were a little bit surprised to be charged $2 for a cheese sampling, but agreed to pay it. It was insultingly small. Two minuscule pieces of two different types of cheese given to us on a toothpick. They deduct the tasting charge if you...More

Thank rammblat
UpperBench, Manager at Upper Bench Estate Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. Yes, we do charge a $2 tasting fee for a cheese tasting and a $5 tasting fee for our wine and cheese tasting, both redeemed with a purchase of cheese or...More

Reviewed 12 August 2017

We arrived for dinner (i.e. pizza & wine) at 6ish, but were hoping to sample some cheeses first. We were told they stopped offering samples already (maybe at 5?), so that was disappointed. We mentioned we'd be ordering dinner and asked if we could sample...More

Thank David R
UpperBench, Manager at Upper Bench Estate Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Hello David R., We are sorry that you were disappointed with your experience at Upper Bench. We do close down the tasting portion of our tasting room at 6pm while our patio restaurant ‘The Oven’ and our shop remain open until 8pm on Fridays and...More

Reviewed 11 August 2017

This winery offers their tastings with cheese which definitely enhanced the tasting experience. Their riesling was my favourite wine. The hostess was very knowledgeable and did a great job of explaining everything.

Thank Melody F
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