Daily 10am – 5pm
Gavin Miller – Head Winemaker/Co-owner
Shana Miller – Cheesemaker/Co-owner
Wayne & Margareta Nystrom – Co-owners
Josh Edwards – Winemaker
Sarah Sloan – Curds & Corks Club Manager
Braden Minaker – Chef at The Oven
Gavin and Shana Miller, the winemaker/cheesemaker couple of Upper Bench, are offering a unique experience to locals and visitors by offering pairings of their two passions: artisan wine and hand-crafted cheese. With the addition of The Oven – a seasonal outdoor pizza restaurant serving up fresh, Napoletana-style pizza made with Upper Bench’s very own cheese and local ingredients, this is a one-of-a-kind stop along the Naramata Bench.
Gavin Miller arrived in Canada from England in 1997 and was inspired by the burgeoning wine industry in the Okanagan Valley to learn how to grow grapes and make wine. His passion for the vineyard and the terroir is expressed through his signature, hands-off, minimalist approach to winemaking. He is known in the industry for his big Bordeaux-style reds and has a distinct way of showcasing a wine’s varietal character.
Shana, a Nova Scotian, arrived in the Okanagan in 1995 from the Eastern Townships of Quebec and met and married Gavin. After a few years in the UK, the couple decided to call the Okanagan home and Shana found her passion. She learned the art of artisanal cheesemaking by the original cheesemaker at Poplar Grove, Sandra Chalmers. Shana now creates her own line of Upper Bench blue, brie, and washed-rind cheeses. Her creamery team is especially enjoying creating one-of-a-kind cheeses and sharing them exclusively with the Upper Bench Curds & Corks Cub members.
Visit Upper Bench and watch Shana hand-craft her cheeses through the creamery window, speak to Gavin about his award-winning wines and latest releases, and enjoy a wine and cheese tasting in their intimate tasting room. Don’t forget to ask about the Curds & Corks Club – Canada’s only wine and cheese club, delivering perfectly paired wine and cheese to your door. It’s a party in a box!
The Upper Bench Winery & Creamery is supported by BC’s Buy Local program.