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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.

General Manager
Henry Bian

Henry Bian joined Bench 1775 in March 2014. He began his winery job as a cellar hand for the first year, then he moved to vineyard and took over property management as well for two years. During these three years, he also took part in bottling, warehousing management, accounting and tasting room as needed. From 2018 to 2019, he developed his main energy to the 30 acres new vineyard development. He has been involved in all aspects of the winery over the past five years. In early 2020, he returned to winery as general manager. It was a fresh start for him, but he was confident, because he is young, innovative, responsible and full of love for wines, he has devoted himself to providing more excellent wines and wonderful experience for all customers.

Henry Bian
Head Winemaker
Richard Kanazawa

Richard was born in Vancouver and raised in Langley. After travelling abroad playing rugby overseas, he was offered a summer job delivering wines for Domaine de Chaberton Winery. Instead of going back to post-secondary studies, he decided to stay on at the winery and learn everything he could from being around the vineyard and the cellar. He studied Food Technology at BCIT before heading to Australia to work multiple vintages in Mudgee, NSW and the Yarra Valley, Victoria. He continued his studies by taking courses through Charles Sturt University.

Richard Kanazawa
DTC Sales Manager & Wine Club Manager
Sarah Curtiss

Sarah has spent many years in the customer service and marketing field in Vancouver. After moving to Penticton in early 2018 she had the opportunity to explore the vast Okanagan wine industry creating a love for wine. Sarah joined Bench 1775 in early 2020 as a tasting room associate quickly becoming the wineries Tasting Room and Wine Club Manager. She brings her sunny disposition to the tasting room entertaining our guests with her wine knowledge. Our club members are all made to feel like a VIP due to her conscious effort to accommodate most requests in an expedited fashion. We look forward to seeing her growth here at Bench 1775.

Sarah Curtiss
Sales Manager
Tina Ma

Enthusiastic Tina came all the way from China. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in international trade in China then an M.B.A. from New York State University in 2003 and finally settled down at Vancouver, Canada in 2007. With many years experience in sales, management, administration, contract negotiating, inventory controlling, logistics, communications and customer service, Tina adds incredible value to Bench 1775 and she is key to brining our wines to wine lovers globally.

Tina Ma
Accounting Manager
Kelly Ge

Kelly has over 10 years of in-depth accounting experience in hospitality, real estate, and hi-tech industries. Her responsibilities at Bench 1775 Winery include all functions of finance, payroll, internal control analysis and financial reporting. She has always had an adventurous spirit, having left China in 2003 for Vancouver to pursue her dream of studying abroad, and learning different cultures. Kelly and her husband moved to Penticton in 2017 to raise her two kids and take advantage of all the Okanagon has to offer.

Kelly Ge
Marketing Specialist
Lindsay Shi

Lindsay holds a BSc in Food, Nutrition and Health from the University of British Columbia. Lindsay took wine science courses during her study, which sparked her interest in wine. She joined Bench 1775 Winery in 2016 as Marketing and Social Media Coordinator to manage all the sites of social media networks and marketing. Lindsay became Senior Marketing Specialist in 2020 and is responsible for website management, social media and all the company’s digital presence. Lindsay has helped grow Bench 1775 brand and presence with her efforts.

Lindsay Shi
Bench 1775

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