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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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One super good cheese

Did wine and cheese tasting. The King Cole cheese was truly outstanding although the TINY portions... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Harry B
via mobile
Wonderful experience!

The wine and cheese tasting here was unforgettable. The staff were amazing! Being new to the wine... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kelsie G
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Armstrong, 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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“wine and cheese” (28 reviews)
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170 Upper Bench Rd S, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8T1, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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

Thank Harry B
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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

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!

Thank Katherine M
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

We really enjoyed this establishment. Went with 3 other couples and they treated us great. The pours were bountiful, the wine was tasty and the staff was very friendly. Would recommend this establishment.

1  Thank lovelife2
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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

Their cheeses are amazing. Even if you don't like blue cheese, chances are you'll like theirs. Highly suggest doing the wine and cheese tasting.

1  Thank pixiejustice
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Cheese is incredible and offered as a pairing with some very good wine. Good combination of red and white wines. Rose was sold out so could not try it. Don’t miss this place!

2  Thank kevin h
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

with my daughter- in -law on a lovely sunny afternoon. this was our second wine tasting stop. after the third we walked on the trestle and had a swim, doesn't get much better than that! a warm and friendly employee, persuaded us to try their...More

1  Thank jarmwr40
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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

A very carefully planned wine & cheese tasting. The explanation of how all the different cheeses are made is interesting. I'm not a Chardonnay drinker. But I'd go for seconds on that one! I'm not a blue cheese fan, by I would go back for...More

1  Thank Andrea J
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

Met the owner, Gavin, at a neighboring winery and accepted his offer to dine at his winery. The Yard Wine was quite good but the cheeses and the pizza were excellent. Definitely worth the visit.

1  Thank gerryblanchette
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