UKVine, 27 June 2016

English wine takes the stage at Glastonbury

TWO SOUTH WEST vineyards’ wines were enjoyed by some of the performers at Glastonbury this year, one of them back by popular demand.  

Having been so well received last year, Oatley Vineyard's still white ‘Jane’s 2014’, will be making a welcome return to the world-famous music festival.  The wine is produced from 100% Madeleine Angevine grown at the Somerset vineyard.  The red is being supplied by Sharpham Vineyard in Devon whose Sharpham Red 2014, produced from 100% Pinot Noir red will also be enjoyed backstage by some of the performing bands.

Oatley Vineyard’s owner Jane Awty, commented: “We supplied a case last year because of a request from one of the artists and they told us today it went down so well they decided to order it again for the Pyramid and other stage dressing rooms. This year they also asked for some red wine, and as we don’t produce any ourselves, we sourced a red from Devon’s Sharpham Vineyard."

The “i” Newspaper 28th May 2016

-feature on where to go in English Wine Week and Oatley’s first on the list!

“Oatley planted its vines between the Quantock Hillsand the Bristol Channel in 1986 and produces crisp, still white wines. Visitors are welcome every day of English Wine Week to taste the wines, including the

newly released Leonora’s 2014, try a sneak peek of their pre-release 2015 and walk the vines. You can even bring your own picnic.”

Somerset Life Sep 2014

feature: “On the Vineyard Trail”

Oatley Vineyard, Cannington.

How it all began: Owners,  Iain and Jane Awty, planted the vineyard

in 1986 and continue to tend their 28-year-old vines, growing on

mineral-rich, Quantock soil, lovingly.

The story now: They specialise in single-vineyard fully-dry white

wines that reflect the year, the “terroir” and their two vine varieties,

Madeleine Angevine and Kernling, a Riesling-cross.

The vineyard is rich in wildlife. No shop, just sales of their own wines

from a tent outside the farmhouse. You can expect a warm welcome

and a personally-guided tasting and vineyard visit free of charge from

the owners.

Signature wine: Jane’s 2013, a dry, fresh, Sauvignon-style white.

The Times August 2014:

“Vintage year. Jane Awty, 68, tends to her vineyard, Oatley, in Somerset, which has been producing single vineyard white wines for 25 years. A bumper harvest is expected, with 7000 bottles of wine from a one-hectare area of land

Somerset Life July 2014

Mention in “Somerset Life” article on al-fresco dining:

“Oatley Vineyard is one small valley away (from Stream Farm) , cool and refreshing, at the end of a hollow road. They produce only two wines from their Kernling and Madeleine Angevine grapes. But their two wines are so carefully crafted - last year they even had a new oak barrel made by England’s only

remaining master cooper. Their vineyard is open every Friday and Saturday through the summer and is a breathtaking spot for a picnic.”

Western Daily Press 5th October 2013

Double page spread in the Saturday supplement “West Country Life”

This article is still available online >>

Western Daily Press 3rd Oct 2013

Madeleine Angevine harvest,

with our son Ned and lots of lovely Madeleine Angevine grapes.

Caption: “Ned Awty helping his parents, Iain and Jane, with the grape harvest at Oatley Vineyard near Cannington, Somerset. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the couple’s first harvest season. Read the story of how they fulfilled a dream of setting up their own vineyard in Saturday’s West Country Life.”


The “i” Newspaper

14th May 2013:

Oatley “Leonora’s 2010” listed No 7 in list of top ten domestic wines!

14th May the Independent’s “i” newspaper published a list of “England’s Top ten domestic wines” based on the medal-winners of the 2013 International Wine Challenge.

Oatley Vineyard from Somerset featured at No 7 with its Silver-medal-winning “Oatley Leonora’s 2010”

Jane Awty, partner with her husband Iain in the vineyard, which produced its first wines in 1985, said “Wow! We were amazed when people started telling us about it. Our little vineyard from Somerset among the big name producers. It shows that our old vines in this lovely red Somerset soil can match the best.”