Definition of vintner in English:



  • A wine merchant.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The deal has been arranged in conjunction with the wine merchants, leading Yorkshire vintners who supply GNER with all their wine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Never mind that the vast majority of vintners and tasters and sommeliers are men.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A vintner found selling corrupt wine was forced to drink it, then banned from the trade.’
    • ‘Others, like vintners, mercers, and drapers, dealt in goods brought into the town from more distant parts.’
    • ‘Tickets are $75 and include wine from 35 vintners and food from a variety of restaurants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A local committee, representing hoteliers, vintners, local traders and others, has publishes recommendations on the best type of cigarette receptacles for businesses to purchase.’
    • ‘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.’


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