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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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Great food and wine

We stopped by for some quick wine tasting and ended up staying for a few hours. The staff was very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brymanda
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Wine, Cheese, and Pizza

The offerings inside the tasting room and the pizza on the patio were all great but the thing that... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
JNorthorp
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Vancouver, Canada
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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.
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170 Upper Bench Rd S, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8T1, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by for some quick wine tasting and ended up staying for a few hours. The staff was very nice and gave our two little girls chalk and bubbles so we could enjoy some of their wine. We ended up staying for lunch and...More

1  Thank Brymanda
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UpperBenchWinery, Manager at Upper Bench Estate Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking time to submit a review here on Trip Advisor. Come back any time!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The offerings inside the tasting room and the pizza on the patio were all great but the thing that made our experience fall a bit flat was the service we received inside the tasting room. We were the only two in there and the girl...More

Thank JNorthorp
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UpperBenchWinery, Manager at Upper Bench Estate Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi JNorthorp. Thank you for taking the time to add a review of your experience here and I’m glad that overall, your Upper Bench experience was great. I am sorry that you were a little disappointed with the ‘robotic’ quality of the woman serving you...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Disappointed in the Merlot . . .had a lot of sediment (pieces) at the bottom that came throughinto the glassMore

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UpperBenchWinery, Manager at Upper Bench Estate Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Colinda99. Thank you for taking the time to add a review of your experience here. I’m sorry that you were disappointed with your bottle of our Upper Bench Merlot because of the crystalline sediment. We create our wines with minimal amount of intervention possible...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

We visited yesterday, a Wednesday, not crowded at all. Luke was our knowledgeable and informative pourer in the tasting room and he added a lot to our tasting experience. There was a $7 tasting fee which was waived when you purchased a bottle of wine....More

1  Thank Carlsbadhappy
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UpperBenchWinery, Manager at Upper Bench Estate Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Carlsbadhappy. Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your experiences here at Upper Bench. I’m glad to hear that your experience was a great one and hope that you’ll consider returning again in the future!

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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Came to try it all! Did a wine and cheese pairing - small fee but you get it back if you purchased something. Took home the Riesling, U & Me Brie and Sungold after enjoying two delicious pizzas with a glass of wine for lunch....More

1  Thank tourismrocks
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UpperBenchWinery, Manager at Upper Bench Estate Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi tourismrocks, thank you for taking the time to post a review here on Tripadvisor. We're very glad that you had a great time and I hope that you enjoyed your cheese and Riesling! Please come back soon!

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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

If you get a chance to stop here, try the wine and cheese paring. It has a fee, but you get it back if you make a purchase. They had some tasty wines and some outstanding cheeses. The young man facilitating the tasting was very...More

1  Thank Susan H
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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

Did wine and cheese tasting. The King Cole cheese was truly outstanding although the TINY portions offered for cheese tasting were indeed parsimonious. Other cheeses were okay; but nothing to drive an hour for in our humble opinion . We did like the Dry white...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

The wine and cheese tasting here was unforgettable. The staff were amazing! Being new to the wine tasting world I had thought I liked sweeter wines but after being explained by the wonderful woman at the tasting counter (her name seems to have escaped me!)...More

1  Thank Kelsie G
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

The wine in its self is very nice wine which we go in for. As well they also make a variety of cheeses that are very nice. You can do a wine and cheese sample to see which ones of both you like Well worth...More

1  Thank Brian V
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

A great outdoor patio for summer lunches. Fabulous pizza oven is busy all afternoon! Fresh ingredients and home made cheeses made on site. A little gem on a country road surrounded by Vineyards. If you love homemade pizza this will delight your taste buds!

1  Thank Katherine M
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