What are they saying about us?
Our current wines
Matthew Jukes, UK wine critic, :
“I have a soft spot for sensitively made Madeleine Angevine, and ‘Jane’s’ is delightfully light, pure and innocent with lovely poise and freshness. It is a classic example of a quintessential English summer white designed for all-day drinking with your best friends. Given the case price, you have no excuse for missing out on this gentle, soothing white wine."
Independent English Wine Award 2022 judge:
"Pretty, floral, soft, melon, creamy, balanced & bright. Lemon and lime."
Oatley Sparkling Brut Nature 2019
In the Tim Atkin "England Special Report 2021", Tom Hewson MW wrote: "Quite funky with dried peach and pear skin, autumnal english fruit and a dry, oxidative style with some herbal sage notes. Naturalistic." 86 points.
Independent English Wine Award 2022 judge:
"Good wine with great fruit and attractive nose."
In the Tim Atkin "England Special Report 2021", Tom Hewson MW wrote:
"Rather interesting, quite austere with lime cordial and sage. Slender and quite riesling-like, with plenty of tangy, limey acidity." 85 points.
Press and Online
WineGB feature on English wine families for Father's Day June 2020.
"Oatley Vineyard was planted in 1986 by Iain and Jane Awty, who are now joined by their son Ned and his family. Meet the Awtys"
WESTERN DAILY PRESS double page feature.
"Iain Awty walks beaming into the sitting room of the 17th century Somerset farmhouse he lives in with his wife Jane, with a bottle of white wine..The pale liquid that he pours into the glasses is Leonora's and its fresh, delicate daste demonstrates why it was awarded a silver medal by judges at the prestigious annual International Wine Challenge..."
“..two people who are living a life-long dream and you can almost taste that success in the wines..” BEN FRANKS WINE
Oatley "Leonora's" No 7 in its list of top ten domestic wines. THE "i" NEWSPAPER 14 May 2014
SOUTH AFRICAN WINE NEWS:
“If wine was about place, then Oatley offers a glimpse of England as it was 200 years ago.”
"If you dream of living life in a rural idyll, surrounded by wildlife and sipping wine made by your own hands, then a trip to Oatley Vineyard in Somerset will..." WINE-TRAVELLER BLOG, Karen Christian. (sorry, full article no longer available)
Recent TripAdvisor/Google/Facebook Highlights
Jul 2022 Gemma: Fantastic visit, cannot recommend this enough such a beautiful place with lovely people hosting !!
Jul 2021 Jo: This is a great way to enjoy a couple of hours. Book the wine, glasses chairs tables are provided in serene vineyard. Lovely people running it. The wine is great. As good as a lot of French wine. We absolutely loved it. Be careful: you will want to buy more bottles to take home. We did. No regrets.
Feb 2022 Val:
Jane and Ian were very welcoming and we enjoyed the tasting and tour of vineyard. Wine was exceptional!!
Sep 2019 TripAdv: Great Visit: ...part of a deal with the Mercure Hotel, Bridgwater...short notice...very enjoyable couple of hours...learned loads...wine was lovely 5*. Greevee
Sep 2019 Google: Very friendly and full of information. Delicious wines....Take a picnic but book first. 5* Lyn Williams
Aug 2019 Fb: lovely visit...beautiful day. Wine was divine :) Jane was so welcoming and interesting. Trish Collins
Jul 2019. TripAdv: Arrived unannounced on the offchance. ..More than happy for us to taste ...no pressure to purchase. Worth a visit. 5*. Molly55HappyInKent.
Jul 2019: Fb: Lovely day at the Vineyard wine tasting today. Ian and Jane were really friendly and knowledgeable and the wine was fantastic. Would recommend to anyone! Thanks for the great afternoon! Ella Louise Hayes
Jun 2019 TripAdv: Must Visit. At the end of a single track lane, just off the A39 near Cannington, a beautiful small vineyard. Iain and Jane made us welcome even though we turned up unannounced. The business is a relaxed passion and way of life for them. Tried two delicious but different white wines, as good if not better than other English wines we buy. We sat outside and chatted about how the vineyard came about and its many awards, also learning more about the evolution of winemaking. An hour went like a flash, two great hosts. They have people who picnic in the vineyard and also wedding/hen parties etc. We bought a case as the wine is that good. You must visit. EnigmaNimrod.
May 2019 Google: One of the first English vineyards I visited when I joined the wine trade, this is a picturesque, pretty vineyard tucked away and surrounded by nature. Owners Iain and Jane are genuinely lovely and their wines are fantastic. 5*. Benjamin Franks (Novel Wines, Bath).
Mar 2019 Fb: Absolutely lovely lunch tasting session with Jane and Iain. Great wines and looking forward to our Tasting Case this evening. David Hussey