The WineBarn recently hosted its Annual Portfolio Tastings in Oxford and Cambridge. Both wine tastings had an excellent turnout.

We have been supplying sophisticated German wines and hosting events at Christ Church College in Oxford and King’s College in Cambridge for over 20 years. Both colleges provided beautiful surroundings, rich in heritage. Our team relished the opportunity to see familiar faces again, as well as welcome newcomers.

Guests were treated to an informative and informal tasting journey through some of Germany’s most sophisticated new and mature wines. There was a wide selection of wines available to try, including a variety of Riesling Grand Cru, elegant Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), mineralic Silvaner, easy-drinking Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), sparkling Sekts and fruity Spätlese.

The historic colleges purchase and store wine for feasts, special occasions, the high table and the wine room. They also offer a point of sale where wines and spirits can be bought by fellows, students and staff.

The WineBarn Hosts Tastings in Oxford & Cambridge

Iris Ellmann, MD of The WineBarn, at the trade wine tasting at Christ Church College in Oxford.

The Financial Times recently described King’s College as having a “first-class” cellar. The college has its own Wine Steward – Peter de Bolla. He travels to wine tastings and buys some of the best wines and ports available for the college’s cellar.

Peter de Bolla, Wine Steward at King’s College, said, “Iris Ellmann established her German wine importing company almost 25 years ago. Very rapidly The WineBarn became the go-to place for the brilliant wines of Germany. Today it is without doubt one of the most important wine importers in the UK, representing many of the finest estates across the varied regions within which world-class wines are produced in Germany. The knowledge and expertise across the company is extensive, and their portfolio of wines – from steely bright entry-level Rieslings from the Rheingau to majestic late harvest examples from the Mosel – showcases some of the finest available in the UK. Ellmann and her team are continually seeking out new and upcoming estates, and are champions of the remarkable German red wines, made not only from Spätburgunder but also less well-known varietals in the UK, such as Lemberger or Dornfelder. It has been a pleasure to work with The WineBarn for over 18 years and to follow their exciting evolution as a company and advocate for German wine in the UK. Bravo!”

The WineBarn Hosts Tastings in Oxford & Cambridge

Christ Church College in Oxford.

Iris Ellmann, MD of The WineBarn said, “It was encouraging to see so many open-minded trade professionals and wine stewards recognise the importance of having impressive German wines featured in their wine lists.”

A big thank you to everyone that attend, and to the catering teams for their delicious spread and excellent service on the day.

Iris Ellmann, Managing Director of The WineBarn. Photo: Iris Ellmann

The WineBarn is a a multi-award-winning wine merchant that specialises in exclusively German wine and have been bringing pure drinking pleasure to the UK for over 23 years. Their elegant wines have been selected to cover a range of styles - from the affordable to the luxury, from dry to sweet and from fresh to full-bodied, ensuring there’s something to suit all tastes and pair with any cuisine.

To find your new favourite German wine, you can contact the award-winning merchant The WineBarn now.

Call: 0044 (0)1962 761 215

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