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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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Basking in a Golden Glow!

Friday, 3 May 2019

Basking in a golden glow at Oatley!

After our first ever international-standard Gold Medal last September in the SW regional competition,...

THE 2018s ARE HOME!

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

For only the second time ever we needed all 12 of our stillages, the collapsible cages used to transport wines in bottle. We had 6,500 bottles to fetch...

TASTING THE 2018s

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Wow! Enjoyed tasting our 2018s...

Last Tuesday we drove the hour to Steve Brooksbank’s winery near Shepton Mallet to taste our 2018s after...

JEWEL-LIKE

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Kernling safely in! Our largest Kernling harvest EVER! Beautiful rosy-red clean jewel-like grapes.

But, oh alas, it rained on harvest day....

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...