Definition of vintner in US English:



  • 1A wine merchant.

    • ‘His father was a publican who used his bar as a launching pad for a political career, initially as head of the Boston vintners association.’
    • ‘The rapidly escalating problem of violence and unruly behaviour on the streets of the tourist town was highlighted when vintners and senior gardaí convened for a joint press conference on Monday afternoon.’
    • ‘Major towns had specialized guilds for different trades and London had a great variety of both mercantile guilds, such as grocers, goldsmiths, and vintners, and manufacturers like tailors and saddlers.’
    • ‘It is proposing that its members implement a ‘clean-air’ policy, similar to the compromise put forward by the vintners.’
    • ‘In a business in which wineries live and die on the happy tongues of sommeliers, wine writers, vintners, and importers, the vineyard is turning some taste buds in its favor.’
    • ‘The deal has been arranged in conjunction with the wine merchants, leading Yorkshire vintners who supply GNER with all their wine.’
    • ‘The ongoing problem came to a head on Monday evening when people staged a protest outside a Listowel pub where vintners had gathered for their annual general meeting at which the row was discussed.’
    • ‘We don't know much at all about him other than that he was a sophisticated cosmopolitan of the merchant class whose father was a vintner.’
    • ‘A vintner found selling corrupt wine was forced to drink it, then banned from the trade.’
    • ‘Tickets are $75 and include wine from 35 vintners and food from a variety of restaurants.’
    • ‘A local committee, representing hoteliers, vintners, local traders and others, has publishes recommendations on the best type of cigarette receptacles for businesses to purchase.’
    • ‘The surprise announcement by the local vintners that they would defy the new law has generated a media frenzy both locally, nationally and even internationally.’
    • ‘This is particularly true if early indications from vintners about the negative impact of the introduction of the smoking ban in pubs and restaurants endure into the medium term.’
    • ‘Days before the deadline, vintner lobbyists nationwide moderated their hard-line attitude and signalled acknowledgement that the new law was about to be a fact of life.’
    • ‘Others, like vintners, mercers, and drapers, dealt in goods brought into the town from more distant parts.’
    • ‘Because of rapid growth in wine consumption, it is also critically important for vintners to be able to meet the market demand for varieties that are currently in vogue.’
    • ‘In 1416 he was described as a taverner, and later in life as a vintner and a merchant, and was on several occasions fined for infringements of the assize of wine.’
    • ‘This is such a terrific idea, both for travelers and for local wine industries, that airports and vintners throughout the country should follow suit - and, in fact, several are considering the idea.’
    • ‘Never mind that the vast majority of vintners and tasters and sommeliers are men.’
    • ‘As we walk away from the cameras and lights, I give him a bottle of what an Edinburgh vintner called the Orson Welles of wines.’
  • 2North American A producer of wine; a winegrower.

    • ‘Wine is art, as vintners will quickly point out, and these days, wine art is everywhere.’
    • ‘When fermentation has run its course, the vintner will stop the process and filter the wine to remove solids and yeast remnants.’
    • ‘I'm no vintner and I'm hardly a wine connoisseur.’
    • ‘The New World vintner's goal is to produce a uniform taste through the entire production run.’
    • ‘The simple wine tavern, owned and operated by the vintner and his family, combines the best of a picnic with dining out.’
    • ‘The resulting accumulation of wine reserves has led to a steep drop in the barrel price of all but the most prestigious wines, which has many French vintners worried about their future.’
    • ‘This combination of warm days and cool nights is great for wine flavor, vintners say.’
    • ‘And who says that a Chardonnay socialist knows how to spend the vintner's money better than a vintner, especially when the vintner is struggling to survive?’
    • ‘They market their premium wine grapes to vintners in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and on the Central Coast of California.’
    • ‘Of course, most of the Portuguese wine trade was dominated by British ships, merchants, and even vintners working in Iberia.’
    • ‘The vintners, who hated to see valuable grapes go to waste, loved the idea, but would the culinary world?’
    • ‘One conventional vintner I interviewed sprays his grapes at night because he doesn't want consumers to see him spraying: ‘It's bad for business,’ he said.’
    • ‘To a large extent, they were responsible for carrying the California vintners who were struggling to survive the ban on wine.’
    • ‘Just as New Zealand vintners discovered their soil's affinity for Sauvignon blanc, the Brits have found they have a flair for sparkling wine.’
    • ‘Different woods such as alder and apple distinctively tint the taste; a skilled smoker blends them like a vintner mixes grapes.’
    • ‘There is talk about jazz and classical musicians serenading patrons on the patio Friday and Saturday nights and crafting another menu with area vintners providing the wine.’
    • ‘The move into viticulture makes him part of a very small and elite circle of African-American vintners and vineyard owners.’
    • ‘My experience of wine had always been from drinking it out of sealed, labeled bottles, and as a city girl it's always been easy for me to forget that wine is an agricultural product, and that vintners are first and foremost farmers.’
    • ‘To make a red wine, a vintner will let the juice of the grapes mix with the skins.’
    • ‘Each year, the tradesman, the farmer, and the vintner made a little more profit.’


Late Middle English: via Anglo-Latin from Old French vinetier, from medieval Latin vinetarius, from Latin vinetum ‘vineyard’, from vinum ‘wine’.