Visiting Oatley

OATLEY

Vineyard

Our leisurely summer tours and tastings have ended for 2018 as we gear up for harvest. From now until Easter we are open for sales when we are here, which is most of the time, 11am-5.30pm. Come and see where the wine comes from and get the best prices!


You can buy our wines at the vineyard by the case, 6-pack, presentation 3-pack or bottle. Our wines are single-vineyard still, dry whites. Prices are on our Shop page. Bottle prices at the vineyard are £12.50 - £15, with reductions if you buy 3 or 6. We take credit cards and Contactless as well as cash and cheques.


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.  There 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.


Best to ring (01278 671340) or e-mail first to check we'll be here when you come.


Regular opening, tours and tastings will start again on Good Friday 2019. The vineyard is at its best from May to early Sept. Before May the vines are dormant, though you can learn about winter pruning work which will be in progress until mid April.


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) 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.  We do not serve food but you are welcome to bring a picnic, we just ask that you buy some Oatley wine to go with it!  


For group visits of more than 6 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.























You can buy our tour and tasting vouchers online. They cover a tour and full tutored tasting, personally-conducted by Iain or Jane, and include 3 bottles for your recipient(s) to choose 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.


For tours and tastings please wear sensible footwear for mown, but still roughish, grass, 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 single-track narrow sunken country lane, with a corner 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>> and app.


MORE PHOTOS OF RECENT VISITS IN OUR GALLERY>>

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.


Gurney Manor Mill, Cannington (2 miles) 16C Water Mill with attached barns and buildings converted to a comfortable and atmospheric B&B. Just beyond Gurney Manor itself (see below).


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.


Cannington Grange (2 miles) 8 luxury converted cottages and apartments, set in 3.5 acres of landscaped gardens – plus indoor heated pool, jacuzzi. gym, fishing pond, games room, outdoor play area, tennis courts.... Accommodates groups from 2 to 44.


Model Farm, Wembdon (3 miles). Self catering accommodation for large groups of up to 18. Accommodation is in  http://modelfarm.com/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.


Secret Valley Glamping (4 miles) Comfortable wigwams, Tipis, Yurts, Lodges some with hot tubs, beautiful location in the Quantock Hills AONB with activities, animals and vineyard. https://www.secret-valley.co.uk/glamping-accommodation



Local Places to Eat


Pubs:


The Cottage, Keenthorne>> (2 miles west)

The Lamb, Spaxton>> (evenings and Sunday lunches) (2 miles south)


Cafés, Tea rooms:


Blackmore Farm>> (1.5 miles east)

Walled Gardens of Cannington tea room >> (2 miles east)

Quantock Tea rooms, Nether Stowey >> (4 miles west)



Restaurant:


Clavelshay Barn>> Wed- Sun lunches. Fri and Sat dinner. Award-winning restaurant in a converted barn up in the hills this end of the Quantocks, using local produce. (8 miles south - rural lanes)


Or  picnic in the vines? If the weather’s nice, how about buying a picnic lunch at Blackmore Farm Shop and eating it among our vines with a cold bottle of Oatley? We can lend you glasses and a rug or set out chairs and tables for you. In summer we keep café tables under the trees (below left) or you can eat at the tables under our awning (above).


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