Oatley Vineyard: The Next Generation(s)

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Hand planting vines

Written by Ned, and posted in the:  Vineyard Category

Why would you hand plant 2000 vines over a few days when machines are available that could do it in a morning? Well, Oatley has always been a do-it-by-hand kind... read more


The field is ready to plant vines!

Written by Ned, and posted in the:  StoryVineyard Category

The field is finally ready to plant vines! We are tantalisingly close to having our very own vineyard! (you can watch a video of the early field clearance here) Back... read more


A Somerset Spring

Written by Ned, and posted in the:  FamilyStoryVineyard Category

What a crazy couple of months it’s been.  Our original buyer pulled out of the house sale whilst we were relocating to Somerset, so we have been living between places... read more


The Clone Wars

Written by Ned, and posted in the:  StoryVineyard Category

So what type of vines should we plant? Pinot Noir.  Yes, but what type of vines should we plant? It turns out there are over two thousand types of Pinot... read more


Oatley Barn before conversion

A Modern Barn Conversion

Written by Ned, and posted in the:  Barn ConversionFamilyStory Category

A modern barn conversion, what do we need? Barn? Yes! Design? Yes! Planning Permission? Yes yes yes! Wine? Of Course! It might not look like it but in the not... read more


Selling up!

Written by Ned, and posted in the:  FamilyStory Category

Well that happened quickly, one minute we were talking about what accompaniments and wine we were going to have with the Christmas Turkey, and the next minute we have a... read more


2020 Hindsight

Written by Ned, and posted in the:  Barn ConversionChildrenFamilyStoryVineyard Category

How was your 2020? At the start of the year, blissfully pre-pandemic, we set some goals for our escape to the country: give up corporate life, plant a vineyard, convert... read more


An Exceptional Harvest

Written by Ned, and posted in the:  Vineyard Category

This was supposed to be the year we integrated ourselves with all aspects of Oatley viticulture, twins running around the vines while we work, grandparents babysitting, that kind of thing. ... read more


The Field

Written by Ned, and posted in the:  Vineyard Category

What a difference – the field looks huge! Greenslades have done an incredible job. Well beyond their normal scope of work like regular maintenance of Hinkley Point nuclear power station... read more


Timber!

Written by Ned, and posted in the:  Vineyard Category

The hedges are littered with reminders of the last invasive tree disease, Dutch Elm. Lone sentries, some forty years dead, stand above the Blackthorn and Hazel hedgerows, providing a vantage... read more


The Site

Written by Ned, and posted in the:  Vineyard Category

The Field It may not look like it now, but this is our vineyard! Well, it will be with a little help from a very large chainsaw, digger, tractor and... read more


2020 – All Change!

Written by Ned, and posted in the:  FamilyStoryVineyard Category

This years to do list: Give up corporate life, plant a vineyard, convert a barn, sell a house and oh, play in puddles. That sounds achievable doesn’t it? Meet the... read more