Bench 1775 Winery, Penticton

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  • August 10, 2017
    we were touring a number of Naramata wineries - the view would have been fantastic - except for the smoke (no one's fault). the staff were disinterested, one in our party started tasting right away, w...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    This was our first time here. We were looking forward to coming here, even though a bit reluctant as we couldn't find a Menu online anywhere, so no idea what to expect. I guess the only thing I found ...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    Have been to many of the wineries throughout the Okanagan and grew up in Pen. Going here was like a slap in the face and was very disappointed to say the least. Our server blonde lady...early 50s coul...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    Amazing views! However, not the best place for a wedding. Unorganized, rude staff that are not very helpful.
  • June 10, 2017
    Firstly, it’s a remarkable winery with eminent offerings and one of the best views in the region. That alone should be enough, but couldn’t they have thought up a better name? In another review, I was lamenting the wearisome pattern of bland names of wineries in BC. Road 13 was located on Road 13. Hillside is on a hillside. 50th Parallel is located on the 50th Parallel. And Bench 1775 is located at 1775 Naramata road on the Naramata Bench. Their name is their address. Wow. At least it makes it easy to find. Their star on Google Maps is only to the entrance and not the winery. There is still quite the trek afterward as you inch closer and closer to the water. Roadside signs promise a grand view at the end. The drive is worth it as Bench 1775 has probably the greatest view of any winery on the Bench. They should have just called it “Awesome View” winery. And it is. Oh, my. It’s so good that on a second trip a few weeks ago, despite still having not opened the pair of bottles from our previous trip, we still visited Bench 1775 just to show our friends how lucky this winery is for their location. That previous trip lasted over six days, and in that time, we visited sixty wineries. That’s sixty wineries, not an exaggeration. We brought back 120 bottles. The two from 1775 included the 2013 Cab Franc and the 2014 Groove. The winery itself is impressive; the tasting room has a centralized bar where customers can sit around the host. Very useful when crowds pack in, like it was the day we arrived. Said hosts were extremely friendly. Combine a roomy interior with probably the best view on the bench, and sprinkle in above-average wine, and despite its name, Bench 1775 falls into the top ten of must-see wineries in the region. For those that plan picnics (like we did on our second trip only a few weeks ago), Bench has both picnic tables, umbrellas and, as often mentioned, that amazing view. Cliffs are bifurcating vineyards with clear waters of the Okanagan beyond. A shade of green unseen in any of the metropolitan centers of the world. And although it doesn’t and shouldn’t matter, I must take a moment to compliment the people behind the curtain, the brains behind the operation. All women. Every echelon commanded by the superior sex. I’m sure there are men hiding around there somewhere, following orders loyally. No wonder the wine is so good. I’d support the Bench based on that alone. And I'm not flippant by that—and I’m also a man. This should happen more often. It’s great wine…ignore the rest if necessary because, by the end, wine is all that matters.
  • May 19, 2017
    Try the Bench 1775 Winery with a many different tastes of Wines. The breathtaking view over Lake make more comfortable.
  • November 10, 2016
    Very rude staff that feel they don't need the business from a wine tour. This is the most up tight winery I've been to. It was our third stop on our wine tour and we were having a great time until we came to this winery. Do yourself a favor and pass it by. If could give a "0" I would have.
  • September 26, 2016
    It is actually an excellent brand of winery in Canada. I have tried at least eight types of wines for this winery. Almost every wines i tried make me feel comfortable and want to get more. The place of this winery is in Okanagan, BC. The beautiful scenery and fresh air give me a unforgettable memory. Hope to view again in the future

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Penticton's position between two lakes means that you're likely to enjoy waterfront views no matter where you stay. The town center, on the southern shore of Okanagan Lake, represents the most popular place to stay, with a host of motels and resorts offering views over the water. Head south down Skaha Lake Road--itself littered with accommodations--and you'll find quieter inns and motels offering vistas over the smaller but equally scenic Skaha Lake. Head just out of town along the east shore of Okanagan Lake and you can stay in a bed and breakfast or guesthouse among the region's wineries.
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