The Naramata Bench is one of the most distinctive wine regions in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. It’s only minutes (yes, even by foot) from Penticton at the south end of Okanagan Lake, and home to some of the best wineries in the country. The Naramata region stretches about 11 kilometers from Penticton to the north end of the bench, and is easily toured by bike or by car — though you might want a plan ahead with a designated driver.

 

Tom Firth’s List of 12 Great Naramata Bench Wines

 

Poplar Grove 2009 Merlot

Full aromas of raspberry, blueberry & cocoa greet the nose

La Frenz 2012 Semillon

This wine’s weight and intensity emulates premium Bordeaux from Graves

Hillside 2010 Gamay Noir

The palate delivers a long, fine, silky texture and an elegance worthy of its heritage

Monster Vineyards 2011 Cabs

A sleek and sophisticated blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Lake Breeze 2012 Pinot Blanc

Versatile in its ability to pair with almost anything, this is the wine we recommend for entertaining or gift giving.

Elephant Island 2012 Pear Wine

Fermented dry, a completely refreshing wine built for hot summer days.

Red Rooster 2011 Chardonnay

A refreshing fruit-forward style, showing plenty of apple, pineapple and yellow plum.

Laughing Stock 2011 Syrah

Elegant on the nose with aromas of dark plum, violets and a touch of clove spice.

Van Westen 2011 Viognier

Textbook Viognier aromas of apricot, mango, jasmine and peach.

Therapy Vineyards 2011 Freudian Sip

Alightly off-dry finish, balanced with the acid backbone, creating an all around pleasant sipping wine.

Kettle Valley 2012 Pinot Gris

A portion of this wine has been barrel fermented giving it more body and texture.

Perseus Winery 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Soft and round with citrus and apple. Pair with white fish or poached trout.

 

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