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About Bench 1775

Our Okanagan winery is named after our address, 1775 Naramata Road, in Penticton, British Columbia. Located on the southern shore of Lake Okanagan along the Naramata Bench, Bench 1775 Winery offers breathtaking views and unique wines that celebrate both land and place.

Wines from Bench 1775 are produced with the unique expression of fruit grown in the Okanagan Valley. Our fruit is grown in multiple vineyards spanning up and down the Okanagan Valley as well as a small vineyard in the Similkameen Valley.
 

History

Bench 1775 (formerly known as Paradise Ranch Wines Corp.) is one of the only two Okanagan Wineries producing icewine and late harvest wine since 1997. The venture was originally based on the picturesque Paradise Ranch vineyard, a dramatic lakefront property north of Naramata.

In 2006, the winery also released a line of icewines under its new Whistler Icewine label. Whistler wines were created in the spirit of celebration: for the Olympics which were held in the iconic Canadian location of Whistler.

In June 2011, Paradise Ranch Wines Corp purchased the beautiful vineyard at 1775 Naramata Road (Soaring Eagle Winery) in the celebrated geographical region of Naramata Bench and rebranded the winery as Bench 1775 Winery. Under its “Bench 1775” “Paradise Ranch” “Whistler” and “Soaring Eagle” brands, Bench 1775 currently produces an award-winning portfolio of icewines and table wines it sells domestically across Canada and exports to several markets, the most active being Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Europe.

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Winemaking

Bench 1775 is where wondrously talented individuals collaborate with the land, the climate and the sun to create Okanagan Valley’s most notable wines. The philosophy at Bench 1775 is to capture the full expression of the grapes grown in vibrantly healthy and balanced vineyards. We then manage the winemaking to allow for the natural expression of the grapes. We believe that great wines start in the vineyard, so all of our vineyard sites were analyzed in detail before being planted with clones and rootstocks best adapted to our soils and the climate of our sites.

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Our Vineyards

Bench 1775 wines are made in the vineyard and are self defined in the winery. Our vineyard centric and low intervention winemaking philosophies ensure that Bench 1775 wines are a genuine reflection of the Okanagan Valley’s finest wine growing potential.

Wines from Bench 1775 are produced with the unique expression of fruit grown in the Okanagan Valley. We own 9 vineyards spanning up and down the Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley.

We farm our vineyards sustainably, which refers to conservation, pest management, responsible water usage and efficient energy use. All canopy management is performed by hand, which reduces energy consumption as well as allowing us far more precision.

Our Team

Bench 1775 is a family owned and operated winery located at the epicenter of the renowned Naramata Bench. Carefully managed vineyards and beautifully balanced wines could not be produced without an amazing team of dedicated and focused individuals all working together. The team, led by General Manager Henry Bian, is supported by Winemaker Richard Kanazawa and Sales Manager Tina Ma. Our tireless vineyard workers, our diligent cellar staff and our enthusiastic sales and marketing group round out our team.

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