Meet Us


At The WineBarn we truly live, breathe and love our wines! Good German wine is everything to us and we strive to provide a personalised service founded in expert knowledge, quality advice and always a tailored recommendation. Whatever your wine needs you can be certain that we can help select the right wines for your taste.

We also offer a Rare and Antique Wines service, sourcing elusive investment wines from hidden cellars in Germany. Check our 2018 rare wines list here. This is a very specialist field so please address any enquiries about rare or antique wines to Iris Ellmann; iris@thewinebarn.co.uk

Our Team

Iris Ellmann

Iris Ellmann
MD 

Affectionately known as the “Queen of Grapes” Iris is our native German wine expert and loves nothing more than to be travelling through Germany discovering exciting new producers and delicious wines to share with you.

Favourite Wines: Riesling and Spätburgunder

Favourite Pastimes: Iris enjoys daily runs with Blu or anywhere she can take her trainers! She loves cooking and entertaining; travelling and meeting new people. She has to glue herself to the chair in the office or she would be off travelling through all the wine growing regions in the world.

Shop our Spätburgunder

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Angi Wine Barn Germany

Angi Marton
Orders and Accounts

Hungarian born Angi is the team member who keeps us all in order - managing the office, wine deliveries, warehouse and accounts.

Favourite Wines: Kabinett, Auslese and Eiswein (she has a sweet tooth!).

Favourite Pastimes: Other than walking in the beautiful Hampshire hills Angi spends her free time meeting up with friends, reading a good book, or relaxing in front of a great movie - preferably a period drama featuring Colin Firth! Angi loves to cook Hungarian food and her favourite dish is Hungarian Wild Game Stew with a carrot sauce.

Shop our sweet wine

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 Luca

Luca Ellmann-Houldsworth
New Business Administrator

With his previous experience with community relations and retail, Luca fits in perfectly to acquire new potential business partners to share our exciting and delicious wines with.

Favourite Wines: Fruity Rieslings

Favourite Pastimes: Luca enjoys fitness and skiing.

Allendorf 2014 Save Water Drink Riesling fruity white wine

Shop our Rieslings

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Elliott Afentakis Apprentice

Elliott Afentakis
Apprentice

Our newest team member Elliott has just started his apprenticeship with us.

After finishing A-levels and helping out at various WineBarn events, Elliott seems keen to take up the challenge of learning more about German wine and how to promote it in the UK; especially to a younger audience. He will be involved in every part of the business, so he can develop a good understanding of what being a wine merchant entails.

Favourite Wines: Elliott adores the noble sweet wines which are not in his price range yet, but we are hopeful. His favourites are Bassermann-Jordan's 2018 Deidesheimer Hohenmorgen Riesling Auslese and St.Urbans-Hof's 2019 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese.

Favourite Pastimes: Inter-railing through Europe, social media and meeting new people.

Bassermann-Jordan 2018 Deidesheimer Hohenmorgen Riesling Auslese white wine

Shop our Sweet Wines

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Kate
Marketing Coordinator

With a background in marketing, graphic design and social media, Kate uses her experience to promote our wines, tasting events and masterclasses across all mediums.

Favourite Wines: A fresh sparkling wine like Solter Riesling Sekt Brut or a delicious full-bodied red like Bercher 2015 Burkheimer Spätburgunder.

Favourite Pastimes: In her spare time, Kate enjoys travelling to foreign countries and experiencing new cultures. She also likes spending quality time with friends and family.

Solter Riesling Sekt BrutShop our sparkling wine

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Blu Head of Morale

Blu
Head of Morale

Our most adorable member of the team - Blu. With a bark-ground in re-tail he was pawfect fur the sales role.