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Iris Embarks on her Annual Wine Tour in Germany

As Managing Director of The WineBarn, an award-winning specialist German wine merchant, I embark on a wine tour of Germany each year to catch up with the talented winemakers we work with and taste the fruits of their labour. I also seek out new and exciting wines for our portfolio. This year, my mother joined me for the trip as she has the most atuned nose and palette in our family, so her expert opinion is always welcome. Day 1 We set off on Friday for our first appointment at Kloster Eberbach in Eltville, in the Rheingau region. Jasmin Baehr, the Export Sales & Marketing Manager of Kloster Eberbach explained the fascinating history of the winery which is situated in...

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Support the Ahr Valley

The WineBarn would like to express our deepest sympathy for those affected by the severe floods in the Ahr region of Germany. Intense rainfall led to rivers bursting their banks. The unprecedented rise in water caused devastation - over 150 people were lost during the tragedy, many people are still missing, homes were demolished and businesses ruined. The main business in the Ahr Valley is wine and almost all wine estates, or what is left of them, are located more or less in the immediate vicinity of the river, so have been badly affected. We have heard that one of the winemakers in our portfolio - Meyer-Näkel - have lost everything: bottles, barrels, cellar equipment, cars and machinery, which is...

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The WineBarn Win the IWC Award for Specialist German Wine Merchant 2021

The WineBarn team (Iris, Angi, Luca, Kate & Blu) are delighted to have won the prestigious IWC Award 2021 for ‘Specialist Merchant of the Year for Germany’ for the fifth consecutive year. - "I am over the moon that The WineBarn have won! Our little team worked extremely hard to find new markets during the pandemic. With the disappearance of the restaurant trade for the past 18 months, we focused on retail and consumers which was incredibly challenging as we almost had to start from scratch. However, it has been exhilarating and very rewarding converting wine lovers to German wine, and offering them a new experience which they might otherwise not have had."- Iris Ellmann, Managing Director - Judged by...

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New VDP Sekt Classifications

The VDP (Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter), which is Germany’s association of elite wine producers and a guarantee of quality, have created new classifications for Germany’s sparkling wines (Sekt). There are two standards of sekt - VDP.SEKT and VDP.SEKT.PRESTIGE.

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