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.

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.

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

At a Glance

Wine shop times: 10am to 5pm, daily
Tasting room times
: 11am to 3pm, daily
Tasting reservation
: Required – email or phone
Tasting style
: Outdoor, seated, 5 wines, 3 cheese
Tasting cost
: $20, waived on purchase of $50 or more

Food/restaurant: Cheese for purchase
: No
Child friendly
: 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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