Testimonials


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“The WineBarn does a brilliant job with German wine, which is such an exciting category right now and they are very worthy Decanter winners. Check them out!”
Peter Richards
Wine Writer, TV Presenter, Decanter Judge and Master of Wine
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"Iris Ellmann runs The WineBarn and she is a German wine dynamo.  With a collection of estates from all over the country, covering all styles and grape varieties I can highly recommend looking at her website if you are curious to discover more about top-flight German wines."
Matthew Jukes, Wine Critic (2020)
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"You have made this lockdown period quite special for us. We have had plenty of time away from our offices to explore unfamiliar wines - and yours have been our greatest discovery!
I have seldom drunk wine at lunchtime and I have preferred red wines in the evening, so we have drunk very little German Riesling. But now we have - and your wines have been the highlight of lockdown. So thank you for that!"
Stephen Bourne, private client (2020)
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"We have been soaking up the sun and drinking Bassermann-Jordan's 2017 Estate Riesling QbA dry from your "Stay Home Stay Safe" case. We count ourselves fortunate to be drinking such pleasant wine whilst locked down in such a beautiful place!"
Tim Barthorpe in Orkney, private client (2020)
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"Had a fantastic evening at Kyoto Kitchen with The WineBarn, who paired delicious servings of Japanese dishes with a range of German wines. The wines were all bursting with flavour and divine aromas. Two vineyard owners explained the region where the wines are produced and how the grape varieties flourish from the soil and weather. Lovely Pinot’s, a red that was like a light Rioja and the most delicious balanced desert wine. My table of 10 are now avid German wine supporters! Thank you."
Melissa Collins Pell, private client (2020)
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"Thank you for a brilliant evening at the Fusion Tasting Dinner. It was wonderful to meet you and the event was superb - amazing wines, sublime food and a great atmosphere. We loved it all!"
Hugh Lumby, private client (2020)
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"When we decided to organise a tasting of German wines for our group we didn't know quite where to start. We discovered The WineBarn and didn't look back. Iris was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable and suggested six wines from different areas and using different grapes. It certainly changed the opinion of our group about German wines. The WineBarn has to be the 'go to' place to buy German wines, they have a very wide ranging stock and extremely knowledgeable staff - well done The WineBarn."
David & Pam Harverson, private clients (2019)
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"A thoroughly pleasant experience from start to finish. The website is easy to navigate and the selection is vast. Delivery was superbly managed, despite many challenging variables. I can strongly recommend The WineBarn for anybody wishing to explore the wonderful world of German wines"
 Sophia Dürr, private client (2019)
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"I am delighted to have made a further order at The WineBarn. The first delivery was a revelation to me, as the quality of the wines was exceptional. Thank you so much for all your help and the outstanding products you provide."
Robert Brown, private client (2019)
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"It is a really fantastic portfolio that you have and we look forward to exploring more of it in the future."
Harry at The London Shell Co. (2019)
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"An impressive restaurant wine list cannot be complete without wines from The WineBarn."
Marco Mägi, Head Sommlier at Lympstone Manor (2019)
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“I discovered the wonderful WineBarn when searching for a specific German Pinot Noir after returning from a trip to Copenhagen - and what a discovery it has proven to be.  Iris and her team stock arguably the finest collection of German wines available in the UK. 
If you have never sampled the delights of a Spätburgunder Gross Gewachs Pinot Noir or explored the incredible variety that is German Riesling, then I highly recommend The WineBarn to begin a journey of discovery.  Quite simply unbeatable for high quality German wines with a friendly, helpful and highly knowledgeable team.”
Stephen Kelly, private client (2019)
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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
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“There has never been a better time to enjoy the incredible quality of the top German wines.  Between the beautiful traditional styles of the classic wine growers to the vibrant wines of the very ‘avant-garde’ producers there is so much to enjoy.  The great Rieslings of course but also the superb Pinot Noirs and much more.  Delighted that The WineBarn, a top German wine merchant, is presenting such interesting wines.”
Gerard Basset
Former World Champion Sommelier, Master of Wine,
Master Sommelier and MBA Wine honours.

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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
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“I did greatly enjoy everything I did taste. I tasted through the whole Wirsching range, which I found very impressive in terms of quality and value, and was particularly struck by the 2016 Iphöfer Kronsberg Scheurebe Alte Reben.”
Neil Beckett, World of Wine
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All of the wines were excellent. The best food pairing was Chardonnay with the pork, having said that there wasn’t a poor wine or food matching at all. The choice of wines were excellent. Without your guidance I’m sure it would have been a case of “hit or miss”. Thank you for your assistance again and I really must complement the quality and value of your wines.”
William Findlay, private client
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As you know, I was at the heart of the Wine Society for a decade or so, and it remains at mine, so I anticipate that I’ll continue that relationship into my old age! Meanwhile, I’m full of admiration for what has been achieved at The WineBarn. My compliments!
Stephen Bourne, Chapter Clerk & Administrator, Ely Cathedral