We’re awfully lucky here in the Okanagan, it really is a little slice of heaven. We have wine, we have cheese, we have incredible weather and lake views. We have Naramata, and we have Upper Bench Winery & Creamery.

You know what Upper Bench has? It has wine, it has cheese, it has magnificent weather and views to the horizon, and it has them all in one winsome, welcoming and not-to-be-missed locale. It’s a perfect microcosm of this Okanagan paradise.

And it has a splendid patio.

Head south on Upper Bench Road to this quintessential charmer of a winery. Spend a leisurely, enviable afternoon outside with a flight of wines and expertly paired cheeses (it’s like they were made for each other!). Ideal for summer is the dry and delightful 2015 Cab Franc Rosé ($23.00); grab a bottle if you’ve got a good catching arm, as this one is flying off the shelves!

Upper Bench also has Canada’s only wine and cheese club, the cleverly monikered Curds & Corks. With shipments throughout the year, early access to new releases, and specialty cheeses created only for club members (seriously– exclusive cheese! Think of the caché!), you can stretch out that feeling of paradise all year long.

There’s always one place on every trip that perfectly encapsulates the entire experience. On your summer Naramata wine tour, Upper Bench Winery & Creamery is just that spot.

~ Abbey Westbury