Okanagan Valley Wineries - penticton
Situated in Penticton, British Columbia in the South Okanagan at the gateway to the famous Naramata Bench, Upper Bench offers a delicious experience to all by pairing their two passions: artisan wine and handcrafted cheese. Winemaker Gavin Miller believes great wine is grown in the vineyard and their vines are meticulously farmed without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Upper Bench produces big, bold, reds and crisp, dry, whites that reflect the vintage and soil from the vineyards where they are grown. Gavin’s wife, head cheesemaker Shana Miller and her team handcraft gluten and additive free soft & semi soft cheese. Your stop at Upper Bench could have you watching cheesemakers making cheese through the creamery window and enjoying a wine flight, perfectly paired with a cheese platter on their intimate patio. Choose to have your tasting in the welcoming tasting room or on the sunny patio, throw the ball for their two border collies Emma & Bella and become a member of their Curds & Corks Club to have their fine wines & cheese delivered to your door anywhere in Canada. Located just two minutes from downtown Penticton, open year round, Upper Bench is a stop not to be missed.
Penticton's newest winery and bistro overlooking the beautiful Skaha Lake. Play Estate features an iconic modern architectural building that houses a wine shop and tasting bar, indoor/ outdoor bistro and event space, and a 14 acre vineyard.
Our winemaking activities at Three Sisters Winery are carried out by our experienced winemaker Matt Mikulic under two banners: Earlco Wines and Three Sisters Wines. Earlco Wines offers a custom winemaking experience for customers. All wine is produced from grapes grown by Earlco Vineyards Ltd on the Naramata Bench and selected by our staff and winemaker. Three Sisters Wines are the creation of Matt. At the beginning of the vintage year, Matt determines the wines to be made from our market knowledge, winery capacity and vineyard selection. The varietals and vineyards from which we source the fruit are then determined. This allows Matt to be involved in caring for the vines and resulting fruit from pruning to picking. The year's growing conditions strongly influence the decisions in the vineyard and we are adamant the winemaker be involved in the hands on decisions made as the year progresses. Sales are made directly to customers, thus allowing us to reduce our marketing and selling costs and to pass on those savings. We encourage customers to visit with Matt and tour our vineyards and winery to gain a full appreciation of the wines we offer.
Tightrope winery is a small family run vineyard on the Naramata Bench, BC. The owners Graham and Lyndsay O'Rourke use their education and experience to grow and make small batches of high quality wine. All the grapes that go into their wines are grown on the Naramata Bench, some of the finest soils for grape production in Canada. The journey of bringing grapes to the bottle is a tightrope walk of variables, from vineyard management, to winemaking, the weather and even balancing the cheque book. Please enjoy the final culmination of our balancing act!