Visiting Oatley

Our regular Summer Friday and Saturday opening ends on 2nd September 2017. Other times you are welcome to visit by appointment, but sorry, no appointments around our harvest dates, this year expected in mid September and the third week of October.

You can walk the vineyard with us, taste our wines, take some home if you like. Visiting and tasting are free. You are welcome to picnic - we have tables in the vineyard in summer or you can eat under our tasting tent - we just ask that you buy a chilled bottle or glass or two of wine to go with your meal!

We are always open for wine sales if we are here:  phone 01278 671340 or email >> to check. We sell only our own crisp, dry white wines, made from grapes grown here. Details of our current releases here>>

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.

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 Wines/Shop>> page. Bottle prices 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 personally-conducted tour and full tutored tasting which include 3 or 6 bottles of your recipients’ choice to take home with them. They make memorable gifts (see what visitors have said in our Tripadvisor and Facebook reviews). We email the voucher to you so it’s a good last-minute solution.

Google map here >>. Directions on our Contact page>> . Free onsite car parking.

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>>.


Local Places to Eat


The Cottage, Keenthorne>> (2 miles west)

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

Cafés, Tea rooms:

Blackmore Farm Shop and Café>> (1.5 miles east)

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

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

Cricketer Farm Shop and Café, Nether Stowey>> (4 miles west)

Restaurant: Clavelshay Barn>> evenings and Sunday lunches.  Award-winning restaurant up in the hills this end of the Quantocks, using local produce, including Oatley wine. (8 miles south)

Or  picnic in the vines? If the weather’s nice, how about buying a picnic lunch at Blackmore Farm Shop or Cricketer 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) or you can eat at the tables under our awning (above left)

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, 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:


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. Extraordinarily beautiful and romantic hideaway for 2-4, self-catering.


SUMMER OPEN DAYS END 2nd SEP. Other times tasting visits welcome by appointment.