Iris is committed to the detective work and the challenge of finding wines that are officially unavailable elsewhere and is determined to ‘find the treasure!’
Iris travels to Germany by car on a regular basis, driving through the wine estates, visiting winemakers, checking out private cellars and generally keeping an ear to the ground on where to find the rarest of wines. The WineBarn is regularly approached by private wine collectors from around the world who are looking to buy or sell some of their gems into the trustworthy hands of a likeminded collector.
Iris Ellmann founded The WineBarn over 11 years ago and since this time, it has become the name synonymous with supplying quality, modern German wine. Over the last 12 months the WineBarn has continued to expand its wine portfolio and it has strong links with a collection of award winning producers.
In 2012, The WineBarn won the IWC ‘UK Specialist Merchant of the Year - Germany 2012’ and was nominated for ‘Specialist Retailer of the Year 2012 - Germany’ in the Decanter World Wine Awards.
The world of antique wine sourcing has taken Iris Ellmann on many journeys to source the best wines in the world requiring skill, patience and a great deal of perseverance. Iris has built up a first class network of trusted suppliers, connected partners and exceptional producers.