Oatley winery: in the Somerset countryside
Oatley Vineyard is a small, family-run vineyard in the Somerset countryside in the United Kingdom. Blessed with the famous and rich old vines and red soil, the vineyard has been producing crisp, dry white wines that have been widely loved and enjoyed.
After 30 years of low-intervention, eco-friendly husbandry, Oatley winery is full of wildlife and the countryside, as it used to be
Winemaking in respect of mother nature
With the aim to grow the best grapes the family can every year, with no herbicides, using good husbandry to minimise the need for fungicides, Oatley winery makes fully dry, delicious wines, only from their own grapes that reflect the vines, the place and the year. These terroir-driven wines made from vines tended mainly by their own hands are often few in number, but this keeps to the fat that they make wines that they absolutely know and love, so none goes to waste. Through minimised pesticides use and rechargeable electric tools rather than diesel power for many vineyard tasks, the variety of Kernling and Madeleine Angevine grapes are cultivated here.
Wildlife is surrounding the winery
Fun fact: they maintain natural areas of rough grass next to the vineyard to give a habitat for wildlife, supporting small and larger mammals, hawks and owls. The hawks help keep blackbirds in the hedge, away from ripening grapes. Natural scrubby areas and native woodland are regenerating, and we are self-sufficient in wood for the house fire. Copper is never sprayed and nearly all wines are sold to local individuals, ensuring low Oatley “wine miles”.