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Anthony Gismondi Interviews Bench 1775 GM & Winemaker Val Tait

"The narrow strip of precious vineland sits in the center of B.C.'s largest wine region, the Okanagan Valley. The many wineries and vineyards that occupy the bench have been founded by a patchwork of people from different countries and varying economic backgrounds, and levels of expertise in winegrowing. In the beginning, many settled and planted what they loved to drink and the forgiving site meant that, surprisingly, many thrived.

Valeria Tait is the General Manager, winemaker and viticulturist of the six-year-old Bench 1775 winery, located almost at the half-way mark of the Bench. She comments on why this variety can exist and on the evolution of winegrowing there from her perspective as a 27-year veteran of working in vineyards throughout Okanagan Valley. We learn a bit more about being a new winery and her approach to running a winery.

While Anthony Gismondi interviews Tait in this video, you'll enjoy the stunning views from their patio and glimpse at the laid-back lifestyle of the Okanagan Valley. "


APRIL 2017

Join Our Exciting Bistro!

Here at Bench 1775 Winery, our view is second to none, and so are our wines. We are currently looking for outgoing, professional bistro service staff, passionate kitchen staff and motivated support staff to join our relaxed and fun environment.

Please email your resume to Both part-time and full-time seasonal jobs available.


MARCH 2017

Bench 1775 Named #4 on The Top 20 Outdoor Dining Destinations in The World

We are so thrilled that Bench 1775 is making AmericanExpress Essentials' #4 of Top 20 Outdoor Dining Destinations!!! 

Listed as one of the world-class wineries bordering Okanagan Lake, we received the “extra pinch me appeal” because of the waterfront picnic area and bistro.

Bring your own food to enjoy our picnic area or choose our crafted artisanal wood fired oven to pair with our award-winning wines this Summer! 



The Women of Bench 1775 Celebrated by Their Industry

Recently, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce moderated a panel on women involved in the BC Wine Industry. Our viticulturist, winemaker and general manager, Val Tait, was an invited contributor. Participants were delighted to learn that within all levels of our organization, women are calling the shots, and that of thirteen year-round employees, ten are women. Anyone who meets us, including John Schriener, is impressed by both our wines and the women making it all happen.

Here are scores on recently released wines by John Schreiner:

  • Bench 1775 Groove 2014 – Points 88
  • Bench 1775 Pinot Noir 2014 – Points 90
  • Bench 1775 Cabernet Franc clone 214 2013 – Points 92
  • Bench 1775 Malbec 2014 – Points 92



Viognier Icewine Won Double Platinum Medal

A great news arrives just in time for the New Year! We have won a Double Platinum (PP) medal for in annual Platinum Judging, conducted by Wine Press Northwest magazine. The Platinum Judging celebrates the best of the best in the Northwest. Only wines that win Gold Medals at any of about 40 competitions around the world are eligible for the Platinum Judging. 

2014 Whistler Viognier Icewine has won more than 10 medals and awards in different competitions in 2016. A must-try wine!


Wine Club Video

We invite you and your friends to check out this video to see our enthusiasm about this special place, these special wines and YOU! If you watch the video, we bet you would love to be a part of the Bench 1775 Wine Club. Join online or at the winery!


The Chef and The Grape Video Review

It's such an honor to be featured in the latest video review of!

"This year's release of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier from Bench 1775 Winery are absolutely BRILLIANT! Classic construction, beautiful balance/concentration and true Okanagan Valley terroir nuances. Both wines are around the $20 mark and provide excellent value. I hope that you make the time to seek them out and that you enjoy them as much as I." ~ Kristof Gillese.



2016 British Columbia Wine Awards

A big thank you to the Okanagan Wine Festivals and the British Columbia Wine Awards judging panel for granting us the following awards:                          

Fantastic to see the results, and thanks our fans for all the supports! We will continue to work as hard as we can to make a bigger success!





2016 Alberta Beverage Awards

We're thrilled to report that we received 4 JUDGES SELECTION medals at the 2016 Alberta Beverage Awards!

Again, big congratulations to our GM & Winemaker Val Tait and our Bench 1775 team! 




"Bench 1775: Wines That Match The Setting" - John Schreiner

"Almost every winery on the Naramata Bench has a superb view over vineyards and Okanagan Lake. Few can match Bench 1775 Winery with its expansive patio." says John Schreiner, who is Canada's most prolific writer of books on wine. Our 15 wines also received very high scores ranging from 88 to 93 from Mr. Schreiner's most recent blog post. Click here to read the full blog.



Tasting Room Radio Interview with GM & Winemaker Val Tait

Our General Manager & Winemaker, Val Tait, was interviewed by Terry David Mulligan, the host of Tasting Room Radio at the recent Bloom BC VQA Spring Release Tasting in Vancouver. 

Val proudly took Terry through the new portfolio and introduced her winemaking philosophy. Check out the audio interview here



We were thrilled to receive the TOP 10 BEST PERFORMING SMALL WINERIES IN CANADA from WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada! Big congratulations to our winemaker Val Tait and all the team members!


JULY 2016

WineAlign National Wine Awards Of Canada

The results of the 2016 Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada are in today! We were so proud that we received 10 medals!! One GOLD medal is for our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc. The other nine SILVER medals are for: 2013 Cabernet Franc, 2013 Cabernet Merlot, 2014 Bliss Icewine, 2014 Groove, 2014 Syrah, 2014 Malbec, 2015 Glow, 2015 Viognier, 2014 Whistler Riesling Icewine. Congratulation to all winners!

JULY 2016

Los Angeles International Wine Competition

We're thrilled to report that our 2015 Glow Rosé was just awarded a GOLD medal and 93 POINTS at the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition! Also, our 2014 Whistler Viognier Icewine took another GOLD medal. Thanks so much to all the judges!


JUNE 2016

All Canadian Wine Championships

We proudly announce that we won more DOUBLE GOLD medals (BEST IN CATEGORY) than any winery in BC at 2016 All Canadian Wine Championships.





MAY 2016

Okanagan Wine Festivals

The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society has accounced that our 2013 BENCH 1775 Syrah won the BEST SYRAH IN BC! Also, our 2014 WHISTLER Chardonnay Late Harvest received the GOLD MEDALIST! 2013 BENCH 1775 Merlot and 2015 BENCH 1775 Viognier each received a SILVER MEDALIST in 2016 Okanagan Wine Festivals.



Alberta Beverage Awards

Our Whistler 2014 Chardonnay Late Harvest won the TOP VALUE DESSERT WINE in the 2015 Alberta Beverage Awards! This beautiful Late Harvest wine also received GOLD MEDAL and 90 POINTS from 2015 Northwest Wine Summit and the leading Canadian wine writer, Tony Aspler. This wine is reflects the best expression of Chardonnay, allowed to fully ripen and then left to hang on the vine for further concentration of ripe flavours. You can find it at all BC Liquor Stores.


JULY 2015

Bench 1775 Winery Enters New Strategic Partnership in Western Canada

Bench 1775 winery have appointed Vintage West Wine Marketing as their sole agent in Western Canada effective June 1 2015. Vintage West will be responsible for sales of Bench 1775, Whistler and Paradise Ranch wines in the region. General Manager Val Tait and Sales Manager Morgan Wallace made the following statement.

"After an extensive evaluation process we came to the conclusion that Vintage West offered us the best possible fit. They are a young dynamic agency that has shown the ability to expand sales and distribution in Western Canada. It is a competitive industry and they have established themselves as an agency that can build brands in this environment. That combined with our commitment to deliver the highest quality of wines made this a great fit. We are tremendously excited to partner with a likeminded agency."

Vintage West Wine Marketing is very happy to team up with Bench 1775 Winery according to Directors Matt Thirwell and Shauna Hanse. "We are pleased to add a winery with great quality and amibition to our portfolio." Vintage West Wine Marketing are a Western Canada based Wine and Spirits Agency. Please contact Matt ( or Shauna ( for any sales inquiries.

Bench 1775 is a winery dedicated to producing wines that are hand crafted. We are located in the heart of the beautiful Naramata Bench in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. In addition to Bench 1775 wines they produce Icewine and Late Harvest wines under the labels Whistler and Paradise Ranch. Please contact Morgan Wallace ( for any winery or sales information.


JUNE 2015

2015 Northwest Wine Summit Result

We are honored! Our winery won 4 GOLD MEDALS and 5 SILVER MEDALS at the 2015 Northwest Wine Summit! Here is the award list:

  • 2014 Bench 1775 Sauvignon Blanc- GOLD!
  • 2014 Bench 1775Gewürztraminer- SILVER!
  • 2013 Bench 1775 Merlot Collector Series- SILVER!
  • 2013 Paradise Ranch Riesling Icewine VQA- GOLD!
  • 2013 Paradise Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine VQA- GOLD!
  • 2013 Paradise Ranch Chardonnay Icewine VQA- SILVER!
  • 2013 Paradise Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Icewine VQA- SILVER!
  • 2013 Whistler Chardonnay Late Harvest VQA- GOLD!
  • 2013 Whistler Merlot Icewine VQA- SILVER!

2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition Result

EXCITING NEWS! We are tremendously honoured to be awarded 2 GOLD medals (94 Points for 2014 Bench 1775 Gewurztraminer, 91 Points for 2014 Bench 1775 Pinot Gris) and 3 SILVER medals at the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition! These award-winning wines are available for purchase online and in our wine shop.


MAY 2015

2015 All Canadian Wine Championships Result

It's been a winning week at Bench 1775! Our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc won a very prestigious DOUBLE GOLD award at the 2015 All Canadian Wine Championships! Not only that, both 2013 Merlot, 2014 Gewurztraminer and 2014 Pinot Gris each took home a SILVER medal! We are exremely pleased with the results and we owe these amazing awards to our very talented winemaker Val Tait!


APRIL 2015

2015 Pacific Rim Wine Competition Result

WE ARE THE 2015 PACIFIC RIM WINE COMPETITION WINNER! We are thrilled to announce that our Bench 1775 Sauvignon Blanc and Whistler Riesling ice wine were awarded GOLD MEDAL in the 2015 Pacific Rim Wine Competition! Also, our Bench 1775 Syrah, Bench 1775 Merlot, Bench 1775 Cab Franc Malbec, Paradise Ranch Sauvignon Blanc ice wine, and Whistler Merlot ice wine were awarded SILVER MEDAL! We look forward to seeing all our wonderful fans for a sip of our award-winning wines!



Have you heard the news? We were recently named #13 WINERY IN CANADA, and #7 WINERY IN BC at 2017 National Wine Awards of Canada! 

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