Definition of vintner in English:



  • A wine merchant.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is proposing that its members implement a ‘clean-air’ policy, similar to the compromise put forward by the vintners.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tickets are $75 and include wine from 35 vintners and food from a variety of restaurants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Others, like vintners, mercers, and drapers, dealt in goods brought into the town from more distant parts.’
    • ‘A vintner found selling corrupt wine was forced to drink it, then banned from the trade.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The deal has been arranged in conjunction with the wine merchants, leading Yorkshire vintners who supply GNER with all their wine.’


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