Visiting Oatley

OATLEY

Vineyard

We are open for Christmas sales on the weekends of 9th/10th Dec and16th/17th Dec 2017. Other times we are open for sales if we're here, which we usually are. Phone to check on 01278 671340 or try on spec if you are local.


We sell only our own crisp, dry white wines, made from grapes grown here. Details of our current releases here>> . This is a very peaceful, uncommercial spot. No shop, just our cellar door and a tent to taste under in front of the farmhouse and next to the vineyard.  Therte is a narrow access lane, arched over with trees at the end, that ends in front of the house. Plenty of space to park and turn once you get here.


You can buy our wines at the vineyard by the case, 6-pack, presentation 3-pack, bottle or glass. Our wines are single-vineyard still, dry whites. Case prices are on our Shop/ Wines>> page. Bottle prices at the vineyard are £12 - £15, with reductions if you buy 3 or 6. We take credit cards, Paypal Check-in, contactless and ApplePay as well as cash and cheques.


You can buy our tour and tasting vouchers online for a tour and full tutored tasting, personally-conducted by Iain or Jane, which include 3 or 6 bottles for your recipients’ tochoose and take home with them. These vouchers make memorable gifts (see what visitors have said in our Tripadvisor and Facebook reviews, links on the left). We email the voucher to you so it’s a good last-minute solution. Tasting and tour last about one and a half hours and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy afterwards. The vineyard is at its best from April to Sept, although we can accommodate other times by appointment.


Summer visiting starts again on Easter weekend 2018. We shall be open Fridays, Saturdays and Bank Holiday weekends right through the summer, 11am-5.30pm. Visitors are welcome to bring a poicnic, we just ask that you buy some Oatley wine to go with it.  Other times visits welcome by appoinment.


For group visits of 6 or more we ask for a contribution of £10 per person, which covers a full tasting of our current releases (normally 4 x 50ml tastings), talk and tour of the vineyard guided in person by Iain or Jane. A group visit normally lasts one and a half to two hours.





















Our outdoor, tented tasting area in front of the farmhouse is a peaceful spot to relax and explore the wines. We enjoy introducing our vintages and showing you the vineyard, explaining how we work our venerable, 25 year old vines. Children (accompanied) and dogs are welcome.


We are dog-friendly. Dogs (under control) are welcome in the vineyard and you can walk with them around the nature area beyond. We also welcome riders and cyclists. If you want to buy wine and are walking, cycling or riding, we can deliver locally for you after your visit.


Please wear sensible footwear for mown, but still roughish, grass (wellies in winter), and bear in mind that our tasting area is outdoors under a tent so you’ll need a jacket if the weather’s cold. If the weather is really bad you can taste the wines in the farmhouse - we can usually rustle up a log fire.


The approach to Oatley is down a narrow sunken country lane, completely arched over with trees at the end.  The lane is not passable for coaches and we don't have facilities for coach parties, but we love to see you in smaller groups when we can give you the welcome we would wish.


Fancy following a vineyard trail? A map of trading vineyards is produced by the SW Vineyards Association here>> Or for a national, sortable directory and map, try the Wine Cellar Door website>>.


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Things to do in Somerset


Want to combine your vineyard visit with other activities?


Check out Jane’s Pinterest Board about visiting Somerset and Exmoor (mainly round us) >> (opens in a new window),


and this lovely series of videos about rural Somerset’s COOL Rural Tourism experiences >> to give you ideas.

Attractions close to us (click on the links for more info):


The Walled Gardens of Cannington, botanic garden, part of the local Cannington College, with tea room and occasional weekend outdoor theatre events >> (2 miles east)


Cannington Golf Centre >> (2 miles east)


The beautiful Quantock villages of Over Stowey and Nether Stowey with the National Trust-run Coleridge Cottage>> where the writing of  “Kubla Khan” was famously interrupted by the Person from Porlock. (4 miles west).


Start of The Coleridge Way walking trail>> (4 miles west). Video about the Coleridge Way here >>


Steart Marshes nature reserve >> - internationally important birdwatching site, beautiful, peaceful coastal saltmarsh landscapes, walking, cycling, bridle paths (4.5 miles northeast)


The Quantock Hills - Area of Outstanding National Beauty >>, breathtaking views and varied forest, hill and moorland walks on a manageable scale: walking, mountain biking, riding and other outdoor activities. Just lovely. (5 miles southwest)


Kilve Beach >> No sand but completely unspoilt, dog-friendly, great views and amazing geology and fossils - and just a few hundred yards back from the beach, the Chantry tea rooms >> (10 miles west)


Music on the Quantocks >> Amazing, international-level mostly classical or sometimes jazz music in tiny, postcard-pretty Broomfield Village Hall and local churches and country house gardens.  Very informal, you can go in your jeans, but no compromise on exceptional performance quality. All booked through Facebook/email. Subscribe to their page to get advance details.



Nearby Accommodation


Oatley visitors have told us they have enjoyed staying at:


B&Bs:


Blackmore Farm, Cannington (1.5 miles) 15th Century, Grade 1 Listed Manor House, self-catering and bed & breakfast accommodation. Winner of  the AA  award for best guest accommodation in England  2011-12. Farm shop.


The Old Cider House, Nether Stowey (3 miles), dog-friendly bed and breakfast accommodation in picturesque Nether Stowey, within a mile of Quantock Hills walking country and mountain bike trails.


Parsonage Farm, Over Stowey (3 miles) a traditional 17th century farmhouse and smallholding with log fires, delicious meals, and beautiful gardens.


Self Catering:


Gurney Manor, Cannington (2 miles): Self catering, sleeps 9, good place for a group. Landmark Trust medieval manor with its own walled garden next to the river on the edge of Cannington, filled with ancient architectural detail and with an intriguing history to unravel.


Model Farm, Wembdon (3 miles). Self catering accommodation for large groups of up to 18. Accommodation is in the imposing, spacious, south facing Victorian front of the 17th C farm and the more rustic Cider Barn. Lovely gardens and grounds for guests to use.


Stogursey Castle (4 miles - or 2.5 by footpath). Landmark Trust restored moated castle gatehouse with back garden enclosed by ruined 11th C castle walls. Historic, romantic hideaway for 2-4, self-catering.