So, normally I talk about spending time with winemakers. I’ve been told, I talk ad naseum about my time with winemakers. But, then sometimes I’ll throw in the term vintner. I had a wine club member ask about the difference and if I made a mistake, or if they interchangeable etc. So what is a vintner?
Ok, so there’s one main difference between a vintner and a winemaker. While both can technically make wine, in the term vintner we generally think of them as selling wine, as much as, or more so, than making it.
I’ll personally use the term vintner to include winery owners who are actively involved in the day to day operations of the winery, without the minute by minute work of fermenting grapes during harvest (ie that aren’t in charge of winemaking)
Largely, you’ll see the industry use the terms winemaker and vintner interchangeably. I don’t think that they should be because they’re different jobs. Just like how a winemaker that has been made the general manager of his winery, has a much different job than someone who only holds the title of winemaker.
So what is a vintner? They’re someone who might make wine, might sell it. Depending on the winery, their job can actually change quite a bit.