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Summer sun brings Oatley Vineyard bumper crop

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

Oatley Vineyard

Oatley Vineyard

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A Westcountry vineyard is expecting its biggest crop in almost a decade thanks in part to this year’s devastating wet weather.

Oatley Vineyard, which is run by Jane and Ian Awty, is expecting to get around 7,000 bottles from just one hectare of land.

The couple have put the bumper crop down to the high levels of sunshine last year, and the huge amounts of rain that fell during the winter.

Mrs Awty, 68, said: “It is because it was so hot last summer when the buds were being initiated, followed by rain and a warm spring leading to a good flowering this year.

“It takes two years to get a crop this big. In 2006 we had over 7,000 bottles, and this will be at least as heavy as 2006, if not heavier.

“It will probably be around 7,000 bottles as we only have one hectare of land. There’s a long way to go yet and the summer hasn’t been as hot as 2006.

“It wouldn’t go higher than 8,000 on the size of land we have.”

The farm on the outskirts of Cannington, Somerset, grows a dry white wine from French and German grapes, which many thought couldn’t be grown in the English climate, and will be harvested in September and October.

They produce, on average, 5,000 bottle of wine a year, with 2012 being their worst year, producing only 2,000 bottles.

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