Unfussy and fun, Origin has a simple philosophy – ‘to help you find a wine you love.’ And there’s plenty to love here, from the high quality wines to the spectacular Okanagan Lake panoramas from the expansive lawn patio.
While still a relative newcomer to the Naramata Bench (the tasting room opened in 2017), the owner’s families have been farming the Okanagan Valley for generations.
As hinted in the name, Origin’s winemakers concentrate on grape location and quality. Currently, grapes are sourced from their own vineyards on the Naramata Bench and Kaleden, the latter of which is perfect for cooler climate grapes.
Origin has a small but solid wine portfolio, with exceptionally well priced Meritage and Pinot Noir vintages. The Rosé is also a favourite and it usually sells out fast.
At a Glance
Wine shop times: Call or order online
Tasting room times: Daily, 11am to 5pm
Tasting reservation: Recommended, walk-ins welcomed
Tasting style: Table tasting outdoor patio
Tasting cost: $6 p/p, waived with wine purchase
Food/restaurant: Picnic boxes available
Accommodation: Weddings only
Child friendly: Yes
Pet friendly: Yes
Weddings and private events: Yes
Last updated June 2021. Please note that the following information may change at any time due to Covid19 related policies and procedures. For the most up-to-date information, contact individual wineries before visiting.
Tastings and Wine Shop
Good things come in small packages! Origin may have one of the most intimate tasting rooms on the Naramata Bench but the experience is wonderfully relaxed and welcoming.
The true magic of this winery, though, is the expansive outdoor space. Perched on a cliff above Naramata Road, Origin offers some of the best views on the entire Naramata Bench. Okanagan Lake takes center stage, with the vineyards below providing a beautiful foreground.
A huge lawn extends west from the tasting room, offering plenty of space for outdoor tasting and post-tasting picnics.
Origin’s wine tastings cost $4 per person and typically feature four wines. The fee is waived with wine purchase. Allow 15-20 minutes for a wine tasting at Origin.
Reservations are recommended and can be made online. Walk-ins are still welcomed if space allows.
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Origin has partnered with Tony’s Meats (Penticton) to offer tasty picnic charcuterie boxes. These are perfect for a light snack or a casual lunch with a view. Tastings are not included but on be added on for an additional $6 per person.
There are three different sizes of picnic box available. The smallest will feed up to three people (depending on how hungry you are!) and includes one bottle of wine.
The mid sized option has two bottles of wine and is suitable for up to six people. The largest box also includes two bottles but can be enjoyed by up to ten people.
With each picnic box being handcrafted, 48 hours notice is required. Reservations can be made via Origin’s website.
Winery guests are also welcome to bring their own picnic supplies. Wine can be purchased by the bottle to enjoy on the lawn.
This winery does not have on-site accommodation, with the exception of a house rental available for on-site weddings. Other local options include:
- ‘Pinot Blanc’ guest house at Four Shadows Winery
- The Inn at Therapy Vineyards
- Guest suite at Moraine Estate Winery
- The Guest House at D’Angelo Winery
Weddings and Private Events
With such a beautiful setting over Okanagan Lake, Origin is a popular venue for weddings. Packages are available for full service weddings (up to 200 people) as well as smaller, intimate gatherings and elopements.
Quotes are given on a customised basis, depending on the size of the wedding, timing requirements and desired add-ons (accommodation, tent rental etc.) This offers the flexibility to create your perfect wedding.
More information can be found on Origin’s website.
Origin has a busy events calendar of its own, with regular ‘Sunset Sessions’ in summer, featuring live bands and musicians. Starlit Yoga also runs evening yoga classes at the winery. In previous years, Origin has also hosted dinner events.
Just make sure to sign up to their email list or follow Origin on Facebook to never miss an event!
When arriving at Origin, you may well meet the owner’s dogs before you’ve even parked the car! Origin is a dog friendly winery, with a large, open picnic area. There is some shade under scattered trees.
Origin is one of the most child friendly wineries on the Naramata Bench, with a relaxed vibe and an expansive outdoor setting. Children are welcome to accompany their adult guardians to a wine tasting.
Families can choose between picnic tables and Adirondack chairs for seating, or even bring a blanket to sit right on the grassy lawn. Games and toys are provided.
Scattered trees offer some shade and some of the tables also have umbrellas. There is a washroom inside the tasting room.
Origin’s Wine Club has three different subscription options – white, red or mixed.
Members choose to receive one or two shipments per year (no long term contract required), with the choice of six or twelve bottles in each wine package. Free shipping is available with twelve bottle packages.
Wine Club members receive these additional benefits:
- Complimentary wine tour and tasting, for the member and up to three guests
- Preferred seating in picnic area (with reservation)
- Event invitations
- First access to new wine releases
- Referral bonus
- Cabernet Franc
- Pinot Noir
|Wine name||Description/Varietal||Price Per Bottle|
|Mistral||Red. Pinot Noir||$27.60|
|Farmhouse||Red. Merlot, Cabernet Franc||$27.60|
Address: 1278 Riddle Rd