Contact Oakley Wine Agencies

Oakley Wine Agencies

26 Hythe Quay
Colchester CO2 8JB  

Tel +44 01206 863330
Fax +44 01206 866460
Mob +44 07711 056773 (Nick)
Mob +44 07738 470371 (Charlotte)

Skype nick.oakley
Skype (2) - charlotteowa  - finance buying, agencies - sales, business development - all enquiries (viewed by all of us) 


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About Us

Oakley Wine Agencies has been trading in its current form since 1990.  We provide an 'export office' service for several wineries in Portugal and Northwest Spain. We even represent vineyards as far away as South America, with two Brazilian partners.

Multiple trade.  Our initial, and still a significant area of activity is sourcing wines and creating brands when necessary, for the major multiples.  We count almost all of of the UK multiple supermarkets as clients as well as the specialist wine shop chains and the online/ mail order sellers.  We also work with distribution partners in the Republic of Ireland -  and in Norway -

Independent trade.  While much of our work is Ex cellars, we recognise that shipping direct from Portugal is beyond the capacity of smaller and medium sized merchants, so we hold some vineyard stock in the UK, for purchase by wine merchants, in 20 case minimum lots, Under Bond, with pricing as close to Ex Cellars as can sensibly be acheived.

We do not to go any further in to the market, and have a very deliberate policy of not supplying wine in smaller lots DPD, or retail, as to do so would be to compete with our client.

We also understand the importance of maintaining separate portfolios for the multiples and the independents, although some times there may be some limited crossover.


We are a small team, just four of us, Nick & Jane Oakley, daughter Charlotte, and Andy Gill.  We work out of a converted granary on Colchester's river Colne.  Nick has been in the wine trade for 30 years, starting firstly with wine merchants Lay & Wheeler in Colchester.  Having left and established his own business as a general wholesaler he fell into specialising in Portuguese wine after a 'road to Damascus' conversion following a visit there in the late 80s.  Jane joined the company eight years ago and is in charge of all  finance & shipping matters. Charlotte joined us in the business in early 2011, having worked in the hotel industry for the previous couple of years.  She is an honours graduate in Business Studies (tourism management) from Sunderland University and her course incuded a year in Adelaide studying wine tourism, amongst other things. As well as helping in sales she is the QC technical coordinator, dealing with major clients for their own-label accreditation requirements. This September she embarks on the enology course at Plumpton.

Andy Gill is our self-styled 'boy', and helps in the business as and when required on a voluntary basis.  Ask him about wine and he can talk the hind legs off a donkey if you give him a chance!  He is a very good judge of a wine having been a panel judge at the International Wine Challenge for several years, one of very few from outside the trade to be invited to be so (he is a retired telecoms engineer - he calls it 'eternity leave').  He is a very welcome addition to our small team