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“Surprise! There's Cheese here too.”

Upper Bench Estate Winery
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US$105.85*
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Okanagan Wine, Brew, and Spirits Experience with Optional Dinner
Ranked #15 of 84 things to do in Penticton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Victoria, Canada
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Surprise! There's Cheese here too.”
Reviewed 12 September 2012

Now, we've all done the wine and cheese thing at home. At the Upper Bench you can do it as well. They will pair a wine or two with cheeses and this is a refreshing treat after slogging through several glasses of wine all by itself (or with a dry cracker) at the other places. It's especially nice that they know what they are pairing with what. The full flavor of both offerings brings you to the top of that tasting mountain with a rush of goodness.

Warning, you won't be able to leave without taking one of each home!

Visited September 2012
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Fort McMurray, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“First stop”
Reviewed 29 August 2012

Convenient location. One of the wineries we visited on the Naramata bench. We like white wines and we are not into uber dry wines...we found one white we liked...we bought it

Visited August 2012
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Penticton, Canada
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“Relaxation”
Reviewed 3 August 2012

If you are looking for a great new winery that also makes, serves and sells cheese - this is the place. Take an hour or two and enjoy their recently opened patio - enjoy a glass of wine and some great cheese. The owners are the wine maker and cheese maker. Take the time to stop in you will not regret the time. Enjoy

Visited July 2012
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Canada
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“Cheese, cheese., cheese”
Reviewed 28 June 2012

The wine is OK but the cheese is amazing! Great variety.

Visited May 2012
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Penticton, Canada
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“DELICIOUS Cheese, Tasty Wine and Fabulous Service”
Reviewed 26 June 2012

By far one of my favorite wineries in the Okanagan! Delicious hand made cheese to die for, fresh fruit forward and well balanced wines and knowledgable employees. Couldnt have asked for a better experience at an Okanagan winery. Highly reccomended to anyone visiting the Okanagan!

Visited June 2012
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