What are they saying about us?
Our current wines
Jane's 2018: "Pale lemon-lime colour; greengage, floral and hedgerow accents on the nose and palate; very crisp lime acidity, light body, nicely framed, good length. Silver Medal" - WineGB West Competition judges Sep 2019.
Leonora's 2017: "Attractive nose of white peach, blossom and pear. Fresh and lively palate with crunchy orchard fruit and refreshing lemon." Bronze Medal." Decanter World Wine Award judges May 2019.
"Well-priced, food-friendly white made with Kernling grapes and offering plenty of peach and light pineapple with a hint of smoke at the end. Perfect picnic wine with ham, chicken and salads". Featured by Susy Atkins in her Top 20 English wines, Sunday Telegraph June 2020,
Leonora's 2014: "Fragrant and floral wine, bright and clean ith a hint of marzipan on the nose, lots of easy lemon fruit and subtle tropical flavour. Bronze medal" Decanter World Wine Awards judges 2016.
Barrel Matured "Fraicheur" 2017, "Pale lemon-yellow colour; fruit salad with peach and pear dominant, gentle vanilla wood flavour, nicely integrated; light body with crisp acidity, good definition and length, a lovely wine" - Gold Medal and Trophy. WineGB West Competition judges Sep 2019. (sorry, this one's sold out!)§
Press and Online
"Oatley Vineyard was planted in 1986 by Iain and Jane Awty, who are now joined by their son Ned and his family. Meet the Awtys" WineGB feature on English wine families for Father's Day June 2020.
"Iain Awty walks beaming into the sitting room of the 17th century Somerset farmhouse he lives in with his wife Jane, with a bottle of white wine..The pale liquid that he pours into the glasses is Leonora's and its fresh, delicate daste demonstrates why it was awarded a silver medal by judges at the prestigious annual International Wine Challenge..." WESTERN DAILY PRESS double page feature.
“..two people who are living a life-long dream and you can almost taste that success in the wines..” BEN FRANKS WINE
Oatley "Leonora's" No 7 in its list of top ten domestic wines. THE "i" NEWSPAPER 14 May 2014
“If wine was about place, then Oatley offers a glimpse of England as it was 200 years ago.” SOUTH AFRICAN WINE NEWS:
"If you dream of living life in a rural idyll, surrounded by wildlife and sipping wine made by your own hands, then a trip to Oatley Vineyard in Somerset will..." WINE-TRAVELLER BLOG, Karen Christian. (sorry, full article no longer available)
Recent TripAdvisor/Google/Facebook Highlights
Sep 2019 TripAdv: Great Visit: ...part of a deal with the Mercure Hotel, Bridgwater...short notice...very enjoyable couple of hours...learned loads...wine was lovely 5*. Greevee
Sep 2019 Google: Very friendly and full of information. Delicious wines....Take a picnic but book first. 5* Lyn Williams
Aug 2019 Fb: lovely visit...beautiful day. Wine was divine :) Jane was so welcoming and interesting. Trish Collins
Jul 2019. TripAdv: Arrived unannounced on the offchance. ..More than happy for us to taste ...no pressure to purchase. Worth a visit. 5*. Molly55HappyInKent.
Jul 2019: Fb: Lovely day at the Vineyard wine tasting today. Ian and Jane were really friendly and knowledgeable and the wine was fantastic. Would recommend to anyone! Thanks for the great afternoon! Ella Louise Hayes
Jun 2019 TripAdv: Must Visit. At the end of a single track lane, just off the A39 near Cannington, a beautiful small vineyard. Iain and Jane made us welcome even though we turned up unannounced. The business is a relaxed passion and way of life for them. Tried two delicious but different white wines, as good if not better than other English wines we buy. We sat outside and chatted about how the vineyard came about and its many awards, also learning more about the evolution of winemaking. An hour went like a flash, two great hosts. They have people who picnic in the vineyard and also wedding/hen parties etc. We bought a case as the wine is that good. You must visit. EnigmaNimrod.
May 2019 Google: One of the first English vineyards I visited when I joined the wine trade, this is a picturesque, pretty vineyard tucked away and surrounded by nature. Owners Iain and Jane are genuinely lovely and their wines are fantastic. 5*. Benjamin Franks (Novel Wines, Bath).
Mar 2019 Fb: Absolutely lovely lunch tasting session with Jane and Iain. Great wines and looking forward to our Tasting Case this evening. David Hussey
Sep 2018: Google: Great wine. Great place. Great people. 5* Nicky Howell.
Aug 2018 TripAdv: Had a lovely time, walk round vineyard, talk about the vineyard and wine tasting and picnic. Great afternoon. Phil G.
Aug 2018 Google: An incredible intimate vineyard with the most delicious wine for sale. Thoroughly recommend the "Jane's". Lovely people, lovely wine :). 5*. Ryan Power.
Jul 2018 TripAdv:I booked this for my birthday with 10 guests. Excellent wines and a knowledgable talk/tour by owner Ian. The bright sunshine was a bonus! There is a marquee and tables provided where we had our picnic with some of the wines. Enjoyed by all! - sptasec
Jul 2018 Fb: A group of us had a good few hours tasting the wine, and looking around the vineyard on my birthday. Lovely relaxing sunny day with our knowledgable host, and good wine too! 5*. Hilary Greenland
May 2018 TripAdv:..After negotiating the short country lane leading to the farmhouse, we arrived. A beautiful sunny day made our visit all the better. Jane, one of the owners (with her husband Iain) greeted us warmly and we sat under the canopy and chatted easily. We tried 2 of the crisp white wines, whilst Jane explained about the grape varieties and the history of the vineyard. As it was a perfect day, Jane suggested we go for a short walk and look at the vines, whilst she explained more about growing & harvesting. Returning to the canopy, where we tasted the remaining 2 wines produced by the vineyard. All were crisp and refreshing with good depths of flavour. The vineyard is a great place for a picnic - there is a dedicated area for this with tables & chairs, or just bring a blanket & sit on the grass!... - PrincessPentium
Apr 2018 Fb: ...superb visit - even in the chilly April wind it was so peaceful and calm.Fantastic wines. 5*. Clare Hearnden
Aug 2017 TripAdv: Just wanted to thank Iain and Jane for a lovely day spent at their vineyard. Iain was very knowledgable and the wines were tasty. - Carly S.
Jul 2017 TripAdv: I was bought a voucher for 4 to visit along with selecting 3 bottles of wine. Visit was great, very informative and Iain was a great host - 59nicholasC
May 2017 TripAdv:Best white wine in the south west. Friendliest vineyard in a quiet valley with the vines shining out. The access along a narrow lane encloses the visitor with the loveliest surprise of the house and vineyard at the end. - anne852017
Apr 2017 TripAdv: A little gem - loulou089
Apr 2017 TripAdv: I've lived in this area for many years and didn't know this winery existed. It is poorly signposted of the A39 just west of Cannington towards Nether Stowey. It's a little gem. Nahnlbsdh
TripAdv: . The wine tasting set under splendid autumn day could not have been more perfect. The wine was delicious and although we tried several we were hard pressed to decide on a favourite. Wandaterry S