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OATLEY VINEBLOG

An occasional diary of the vineyard year at Oatley

Jane has been blogging about life at our small, west country vineyard since 2006 when she designed our first website on what now looks a very clunky laptop.

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The in-between time

Saturday, 6 October 2018

A fave time of year, especially in this unusually golden autumn. The Madeleine is safely in and we can focus on the pretty pink Kernling. It feels like...

Madeleine Harvest in and it's a cracker of a vintage

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Well what an amazing Madeleine harvest we had on 16th September!

There’d been record warm and sunny weather from May to September, with the...

Happy vines, dog days

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Sorry about the gap. All go here!

Sun today, after rain, a relief after the long heatwave turned everything but the vines and trees brown....

All kicking off!

Friday, 11 May 2018

What a rollercoaster of a spring! Soggy, muddy, cold winter to blazing blossomy summer in one easy week. After a start that was late by recent standards...

Hooray! Easter Medals!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

It was the Independent English Wine Awards (IEWA) second ever competition this year and we put a couple of wines into it for the first time. Wanted to...

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE WINES: TASTING THE 2017s

Friday, 9 March 2018

A big milestone in the vineyard year, on Tuesday we packed the dogs in the truck (vineyard dogs have to share the big moments) and drove the hour up...

CAME IN LIKE A LION!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

You’ll be sorry to hear we passed up the chance to snowboard down the vineyard on nearly a foot of snow, video-ing as we went. Well, actually we don’t...

DARLING BUDS OF .... FEBRUARY?

Friday, 2 February 2018

The snowdrops are well up and the daffs hard on their heels; hazel catkins are shaking their tails, the vine buds are showing white silky points. That’s...

DARK JANUARY! TIME TO LOOK BOTH WAYS

Sunday, 7 January 2018

The low sun is rising on 2018 and as we start with the major winter task of pruning the vines it’s time to reflect on Vintage 2017.

It was...

FESTIVE!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

It’s the festive season. You’d probably noticed.

No work in the vineyard in November to make sure as much as possible of the energy from the...