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We are proud of the many awards that we have won as a specialist independent retailer of the very best German wines.  Our MD, Iris Ellmann was acknowledged for her expertise and awarded the status of a “Riesling Fellow” in 2013 alongside wine industry greats such as Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson.  We have twice been winners of the IWC Wine Challenge Award “Best German wine merchant in the UK” and been runner-up in this award 10 times.

Our clients also speak very highly of us and we are happy to share some of their recent comments:

“Thank you for what was a lovely afternoon of tasting some fantastic German wines.  I must say from all of the red wines on offer the one that truly stood out for me was the St. Paul grand cru from Friedrich Becker.  From the white wines shown the Felseneck Eiswein from Schäfer-Frölich was outstanding and of real interest and great quality was the Solter Brut Pinot Cuvée and the Cuvée Henri.”

- Ben Robinson, Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons -

“This is just a short note to thank you very much for yesterday’s tasting at Vintners’ Hall.  There was a superb range of wines and it was good to meet so many of the growers and catch up on what is happening in Germany.  Many of the Spätburgunder examples showed really well and it is amazing how much the quality of these wines has increased over recent years.  Also there was an impressive example of a Lemberger from Aldinger.  It was good also to have the opportunity of sampling one or two examples of the 2014 vintage.  Thank you once again for giving me the opportunity to taste such a comprehensive range.”

- David Hunter, WSET -

“Thank you very much again for the tasting yesterday.  It is difficult to say the favourite wines, but definitely 2 surprises were for me: 2013 Silvaner Alte Reben, Kronsberg, Wirsching and 2013 Vom Roten Schiefer Clemens Busch.” 

- Ali Rasouli Nia, The Latymer -

“I managed to taste all the wines shown at last night’s WineBarn tasting in London and it was thrilling to taste the wines of two excellent growers in particular, one of whom was completely new to me, Göttelmann of the Nahe and Friedrich Becker of Schweigen is famous in Germany for the quality of his red wines, but they are difficult to find outside Germany. This is why we need enthusiastic specialist importers such as Iris Ellmann of The WineBarn.”  


- Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW  -

“The WineBarn is the jewel in the crown of German wine merchants.”

- Steven Spurrier, Consultant Editor, Decanter -

“With the WineBarn, one can have total confidence in the soundness of advice, the quality of the wines, and the certain knowledge that each bottle opened would lead one into the pleasurable world of savouring German Wine at its best.”

- Tim Barthorpe, private client -

“Dear Iris,

 Many thanks for a fascinating  tasting yesterday.  Although I only came in at the end of the afternoon, I managed to taste many of the wines.

 Another of my colleagues was there and we both agreed that the standard was exceptional with several text book examples of both Riesling Spätburgunder and some of the other main grape varieties.

 The tasting illustrated the very high level of quality that Germany produces each year and 2014 is no exception.  It was good to have the opportunity of also tasting a couple of wines of the 2015 vintage which by all accounts seems to be an exceptional year.

Thank you once again for the opportunity.”

- David Hunter Dip WSET -

“Hi Iris, it was a terrific tasting, and I certainly will be writing something – will shout then!

All best

- Nina Caplan, Arts, Food, Drink and Travel Journalist -

‘The WineBarn has the most exciting section of German wines in the UK. Not only does Iris have and source outstanding wines but provides top service and makes everything possible and easy.  I am looking forward to working with her wines again at La Trompette.’

- Tanguy Martin, UK Sommelier of the Year 2015, Head Sommelier - La Trompette -

“Thank you for your help!  I am always impressed by the politeness and service that I receive.  It is so good and sadly now unusual.”

- Mr Burnett - Private Client -

“I am very excited to start cooperation with a quality-driven importer, The WineBarn. They let us familiarize our guests with Crème de la Crème of the German wine scene.”

- Piotr Pietras, Head Sommelier at Launceston Place. 10th Best Sommelier of the World 2016 -

“Perfectly balanced tasting from The WineBarn yesterday.

As expected, all wines were complex & refined and well suited to my food.”

- 2 star Michelin chef Michael Wignall (Gidleigh Park) -

The WineBarn are delighted to announce that they are winners of The Specialist German Merchant of Year Award at The IWC Merchant Awards 2016!

- Iris Ellmann, MD of The WineBarn -

“Very well done, Iris. You deserved it!”



- Charles Metcalfe, Judge for The IWC Merchant Awards 2016 -

Dear Iris
Thank you for a wonderful German Wine Tasting yesterday” It was such a great  privilege to have our very own ‘Masterclasses’ with your most engaging and interesting winemakers who answered our many questions with great knowledge and enthusiasm.
I thought we tasted some beautifully crafted wines yesterday and it was a real pleasure to be able to attend.
Good Luck for the future
All the best

- Susan Tydeman, Susie's Fine Wines -

We sourced and ordered a special wine for our private client – 2015 Clemens Busch Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Raffes
“Hi Iris, thanks for your great service as always.”

- Private Client -

The WineBarn was awarded The German Specialist Merchant Award for the second year running!

- The IWC Merchant Awards 2017 -

“Rhiane, Angi and Iris,
Thank you for a wonderful event. It was both extremely pleasurable and informative. The winegrower was not only an enthusiastic storyteller but also humorvoll. We learnt a lot and enjoyed the company, the wines were superb. We will be in touch with our order.”

- Meyer-Näkel Masterclass attendee -

“Just a quick one to say thank you for having us at your tasting this morning. It was a really interesting masterclass and the wines were excellent.”

- Emily Webster, Wines of Germany -

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