Upper Bench Winery and Creamery

Upper Bench Winery and Creamery showcases the complementary work of Gavin and Shana, a British/Canadian husband and wife team. Gavin is the winemaker and Shana is the artisanal cheesemaker.

Together, they celebrate the bounty and versatility of the Naramata Bench. Shana’s one-of-a-kind handcrafted cheeses (blue, brie and washed rind) match wonderfully with Gavin’s bold reds and fresh, crisp whites. Tastings are paired to highlight both wine and cheese.

Wall of Upper Bench tasting room with logo at top and chalkboard underneath, with wine varietal names and wine bottles underneath
Inside Upper Bench’s wine shop

Needless to say, Upper Bench Winery is one of the most unique Naramata Bench wine tour destinations. As a big cheese (and wine) lover, it’s a favourite of mine. Upper Bench is also one of the few local wineries that is open all year round.

If you like French-style soft cheeses, we would highly recommend trying the Okanagan Sun. For blue cheese lovers, the King Cole is a must. Not sure about blue cheese? Try the Moody Cow or Grey Baby – these soft, creamy cheeses both have an approachable hint of blue.

Most wine tastings are offered at the bar in Upper Bench’s wine shop, with four varietals provided. Two paired cheeses are available for an additional fee. The shady patio outside is the home of The Oven, the winery’s wood-fired pizza restaurant. Starting in 2023, the Oven also serves delicious baked cheeses as well.

Looking aaross paved area to undercover patio at Upper Bench Winery with metal tables and chairs. The patio is bordered by a driveway with vineyards on the other side
Upper Bench Winery patio

At a Glance

Tasting info: Reservations are recommended
Tasting style
: Standing indoor or patio seating
Tasting cost
: $10 or $15 wine and cheese pairing
Wine club: Yes

Food/restaurant: Yes, Pizza and Cheese for purchase
: No
: No
Pet friendly
: No
Weddings and private events
: No

Contact Information

Phone: 1-250-770-1733
Address: 170 Upper Bench Road, Naramata Bench
Website: upperbench.ca

Close up of Upper Bench fridge displaying two shelves of packaged cheese
Upper Bench makes as many as 12 different varieties of cheese

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