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April 12, 2018

Good Canopy Management is key to achieving the optimum yield and quality of grapes in the vineyard. This begins of […]

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Once pruning is completed and the old skeleton canopy pulled out, work quickly moves on to tying down the vines, […]

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March 19, 2018

Once a skilled manual process, where the crown cap and the lees were removed without losing large quantities of the […]

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When the designated period is passed and the waiting cannot be endured any longer, some of the vintage is called […]

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Patience. The vineyard owner can only wait and focus on this years crop. In the cellar the bottles are said […]

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The unmistakable sound of bottles rattling signifies a significant milestone in our journey; the much awaited moment when the vineyard […]

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In the tank hall split-level stainless steel tanks, each with automatic temperature-control, allow optimum juice fractioning, settling, fermentation and malolactic […]

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As the days picking draws to an end, the transportation team are waiting patiently on the sideline, since there is […]

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Strangely, much of the activity associated with coming harvest is in reality out of sight of the vineyard. Detailed arrangements […]

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Véraison, is the point in the year – around August – when the grape berry growth phase changes to a […]

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Spring gradually turns to summer in the vineyard. In the second half of June the flowering of the vines is […]

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Spring arrives in the English countryside and in the vineyard, new growth starts to appear. As the first buds begin […]

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During the Winter, the vines lie dormant and conversation turns to the subject of Winter Pruning, ‘Cane’ as opposed to […]

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Fertile soil, a south coast climate of generally mild winters, regular annual rainfall, warm summer days and beautiful mild autumn […]

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March 17, 2014

English Oak was the chosen Sparkling Wine offered to specially invited guests, who attended last weekends Sunseeker 2014 Boat Show […]

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August 10, 2013

English Oak Vineyard have today officially launched their new Wedding Venue service, providing a stunning vineyard backdrop for couples who […]

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June 28, 2013

English Oak Vineyard was featured in Episode 3 of Ben Fogle’s journey into the heart of Dorset. The program synopsis […]

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June 18, 2013

Andrew and Sarah were delighted to be interviewed by Geneen Crossley on the creation of English Oak. For more information […]

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June 8, 2013

Sarah and Andrew were interviewed by BBC Radio Solents Katie Martin, to discuss how English Oak Vineyard came to be […]

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June 7, 2013

Listen out for Sarah and Andrew being interviewed on BBC Radio Solent’s Katie martin show today 7th June at 1PM […]

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October 29, 2012

English Oak Vineyard was delighted to showcase our sparkling wines this weekend at an open day arranged by Beach Weddings […]

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July 17, 2012

English Oak are delighted to announce the wedding of Adrian and Carole Pharoah on Sunday 15th July. The service and […]

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June 27, 2012

English Oak vineyard are proud to announce that our Englemann bottle has been voted runner up in the annual competition […]

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February 2, 2012

An article on page 62 of Februarys Dorset Society magzine, features amongst other things, English Oak Vineyard, with a photograph […]

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January 30, 2012

As January moves into February, winter pruning is in full swing at English Oak. The weather is wonderfully mild, particularly […]

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January 2, 2012

Field And Rural Life is one of a family of themed online magazines, dedicated to rural and outdoor pursuits. English […]

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December 15, 2011

Sales of our 2009 vintage are going well following its recent release in time for the festive rush. All three […]

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December 2, 2011

English Oak featured in this months Vegetarian magazine, a publication which is available through major newsagents and super markets . […]

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November 12, 2011

Autumn has arrived in the vineyard. A reverse process has begun as the energy stored in the vine in the […]

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September 30, 2011

A job well done was just one of many causes for celebration at the offices of 3 Men and a […]

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September 9, 2011

Managers from Waitrose stores across the south of England visited the vineyard recently to learn a little more about managing […]

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June 27, 2011

Excitement abounds at English Oak as three bottles of our 2009 vintage arrive from the winery for final sign-off. The […]

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June 23, 2011

Although we tend to keep a nervous eye on the weather most of the time, the month of June is […]

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June 9, 2011

An enthusiastic team of students from the Centre for Foundation Studies at Kingston Maurward College were busy helping out in […]

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May 1, 2011

The long process of preparing the vines for the coming years vintage is now well advanced at English Oak. As […]

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February 9, 2011

Over recent days, English Oak Vineyard has been the host venue for a series of Vineyard Spraying Training courses, arranged […]

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January 1, 2011

After what had been a truly spectacular and successful year for us at English Oak Vineyard, winter 2010 has been […]

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November 3, 2010

A truly bumper harvest this year, with five times last years crop safely collected and in the winery. Unusually, we […]

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October 6, 2010

After a lot of worry about high acidity levels and patchy ripening, a weather forecast that looks encouraging means there […]

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September 21, 2010

As harvest approaches, the inevitable theft of our valuable crop has begun! The picture below shows the damage that birds […]

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August 31, 2010

Veraison, is the term used to describe the transition from berry growth to the onset of ripening in the vineyard. […]

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August 25, 2010

As August draws to a close, so does the process of stripping the leaves from around the fruit on the […]

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July 30, 2010

We are delighted to report that the 2009 vintage is safely bottled and has now begun it’s second fermentation, quietly […]

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July 5, 2010

Just when we’re sure life can’t get any busier, the whole vineyard needs a lot more tucking in. At this […]

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June 26, 2010

Today marks an important event in the life cycle of our vineyard. We are delighted to report that flowering has […]

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June 21, 2010

The vineyard is starting to take on that ‘hairy’ appearance that demands long summer days spent tucking the rapidly growing […]

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May 25, 2010

As May moves into June, vineyard management tasks are essentially all about maximising both quality and yield as the season […]

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May 11, 2010

We promised you an update on Budburst. Well spring is definitely in full swing in the vineyard with strong growth […]

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April 30, 2010

Activity in the vineyard has moved on to spraying the area immediately around the vines to kill the all pervasive […]

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April 21, 2010

There is much email traffic between vineyards on the subject of Bud Burst currently. Since a clear definition of the […]

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April 2, 2010

Vineyard work has moved on to the process of tying the vines down onto the wires of the trellising. There […]

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March 17, 2010

Now that pruning of the North and South fields has been completed (save for the extra canes left as insurance […]

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February 20, 2010

Work in the vineyard continues with winter pruning. We are daily moving through the rows of vines, selecting the three […]

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October 15, 2009

A series of hectic days draw to a close. The wonderful 2009 crop is safely harvested, pressed and in tank. […]

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May 7, 2009

Today saw the planting of the next phase of English Oak Vineyard. 12 acres and 15,000 vines were mechanically planted […]

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April 15, 2009

A busy day ends with the new vineyard prepared for the planting now scheduled for 7th May. The field was […]

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