The DV portfolio

Since 2013, we’ve invested more than £60 million in over 15 founder-led brands around the world. We’ve invested in both new and established brands in recognised and emerging categories.  We leave it up to each business whether they want to talk about our partnership, and have found that some founders just want to focus on talking about their own brands and the great drinks they make each day instead.

Starward Whisky

Starward is a whisky from Melbourne, Australia. David Vitale and his team have created distinctive Australian whisky, exclusively matured in Australian wine barrels. The highly variable Melbourne climate – it’s said to have “four seasons in one day” – means that the whisky matures much faster than in many traditional distilleries. Alongside Apera and red wine cask variants, Starward produces an exciting series of limited edition bottlings known as projects.

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Westward American Single Malt Whiskey

Westward American Single Malt whiskey is an award-winning grain to glass celebration of the American pioneer spirit, inspired by the best of the American craft beer and whiskey traditions. It is the culmination of Master Distiller Christian Krogstad’s lifelong quest to produce a whiskey that embodies the spirit of the American Pacific Northwest while drawing inspiration from Oregon’s deeply-rooted brewing culture. Every drop of Westward American Single Malt whiskey is brewed and distilled at the Westward Whiskey Distillery in Portland, Oregon.

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Stauning Whisky

Stauning was created by nine friends who started to make whisky as a hobby. Ten years later they have created one of Europe’s standout new whiskies, and have recently completed work on a new distillery to increase their production 50-fold. Their malting is done in house and they distill in small stills using direct heat, which is key to the quality of the whisky. Stauning produces a peated Single Malt, a rye whisky and a traditional Single Malt in a number of different finishes.

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