Our MD Iris Ellmann recently embarked on the first part of her annual wine tour of Germany where she visited some of the wonderful winemakers that contribute to our portfolio. She shares her experience of the warm hospitality, stunning vineyards and exceptional food & wine.
Iris Ellmann and Victoria Moore, The Telegraph’s Wine Correspondent, Discuss the Changing Perception of German Wine
Victoria Moore, The Telegraph’s Wine correspondent and Iris Ellmann of The WineBarn discuss the changing perception of German wine, its current trends, their personal favourites and how the award-winning wine merchant came to be.
Of all the German grape varieties, none is more synonymous with fine German wine, than the noble Riesling. A true favourite of wine drinkers the world over, a good Riesling wine is elegant, rich in character, high in natural fruit acidity and has a racy freshness. It’s also expressive of its terroir and ages exceptionally well. Traditionally used to make sweet wines, Riesling’s versatility means it is now commonly used to make dry and sparkling white wines. Riesling originated in the heart of the Rhine valley. The grape's first documented existence was in 1435, in a cellar log from Germany's small Hessische Bergstrasse wine region, south-east of Rheingau. Due to its surge in popularity Riesling is now the country’s premier...
The WineBarn have had a busy couple of days hosting tasting events - our Portfolio Tastings in Oxford & Cambridge, and a Fusion Tasting Dinner in collaboration with Kyoto Kitchen in Winchester. Two of our top winemakers - Markus Mleinek of Weingut Dr Heger and Uli Allendorf of Weingut Allendorf - were on hand to give a unique insight into their regions' unique climates & soils, grape varieties, cellar techniques and more.
The WineBarn were delighted to welcome a record number of guests to our 20th Annual Portfolio Tasting this January. Hosted at the Army & Navy Club in London, our 'Grip the Grape' event gave wine lovers the exclusive opportunity to taste some of Germany's most sophisticated wines.