English Oak Wine - About Us About us & our history

ssentially, two plants are synonymous with wine production, the grape vine and of course the noble oak.
Both can be found just 6 miles from the centre of Poole, where Lytchett Matravers village sits comfortably in a picturesque landscape of attractive small valleys, open fields, thatched cottages, small oak woods and now a surprising delight to many, evocative avenues of grape vines.

At the edge of the village, English Oak Vineyard, is dedicated to the production of quality English Sparkling Wine, from classic Champagne grape varieties, prepared faithfully by méthode traditionnelle.

The picturesque vineyard surrounding a farmhouse, barn and stables dating back to the 17th century, is lined by numerous impressive oak trees from which it takes it’s name, the largest

23,000 vines, sourced from around Champagne now thrive in this 23 acre vineyard

and most imposing of which is over 200 years old. 23,000 vines, sourced from around Champagne now thrive in this 23 acre vineyard’s fertile soil, produce delicious, crisp, lemon Chardonnays and warm, sensuously fragrant, smooth Pinots, lovingly blended to produce small quantities of English Sparkling Wine of exceptional quality.

A variety of 14 different Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay clones and rootstocks have been deliberately selected to emulate the complex and interesting blends which characterise the finest Champagnes and contribute something above the ordinary in English Oak's exclusive character.

The vineyard's location, in the Purbeck region of the south coast, enjoys one of the most comfortable microclimates in the UK, with more than its fair share of sunshine and less than its fair share of rain. Shielded by oak lined hilltops and traditional country hedgerows, English Oak Vineyard blends beautifully into the English countryside, complimenting a perfect growing terroir with a rural location that’s ideal for an interesting visit or special occasion with a picturesque backdrop.

The Stables at English Oak offers an unusual away from the office meeting venue for small groups, with optional guest speaker warm-ups to get your meeting off to an energised start or tailored training sessions which cover a wide variety of crucial business topics, all followed if appropriate by an interesting vineyard tour / wine tasting conclusion.


n land that was previously lush pasture, the family of Sarah and Andrew Pharoah, with daughters Claudia and Amelia, planted the vineyard in 2007, taking inspiration from a chance meeting with a charismatic vineyard owner in the mountains of Cyprus. Building on Sarah’s previous experience in horticulture they qualified in viticulture at Plumpton College in Sussex, before contracting the experience and expertise of winemaker Dermot Sugrue to the team. Dermot’s well equipped winery, featured on the BBC’s Oz and James TV series, has the benefit of a traditional Coquard press, a type used extensively in Champagne to optimise quality, something that is a key part of English Oak's commitment to produce only the best. Together, Dermot's skills experience and reputation as a winemaker and Sarah’s excellent vineyard husbandry combine to create something truly special, lovingly and painstakingly crafted from the vine to the bottle, for your pleasure.

Please join us on our journey, follow our progress online via our news and blog service, but most of all try your preferred blend from our online shop, call us to book a vineyard tour on 01258858205 or perhaps enquire about our function services for those special occasions.

English Sparkling Wine is gaining an enviable reputation worldwide, something to which we are commited to playing our part. We invite you to discover why and to switch your wine buying choices away from big, impersonal and high carbon miles, to a local supplier who you can get to know and trust first hand. We hope that you will take up our invitation and look forward to meeting you soon.