The DV portfolio

Since 2013, we’ve invested more than £100 million in over 15 founder-led drinks 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.

Siegfried

The Siegfried story started in 2014 when Raphael Vollmar and Gerald Koenen – two long-time friends who shared a passion for gin – wanted to rethink and disrupt the gin category. With 4,000 Euros of their own, they founded their company which today produces Siegfried Rheinland Dry Gin and non-alcoholic gin alternative, Siegfried Wonderleaf. Siegfried Rheinland Dry Gin is a classic handcrafted Dry Gin with signature linden blossom notes while Wonderleaf combines the same 18 botanicals as the Dry Gin and is designed to be served in non-alcoholic cocktails and long drinks.

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Ritual Zero Proof

Ritual Zero Proof is the first spirit alternative distilled in America using all-natural botanicals to echo the taste, smell and burn of liquor – without the alcohol or calories. Ritual Gin Alternative and Whiskey Alternative are designed to be used 1:1, or in part with, traditional spirits, so you can enjoy your favourite beverage spirit-free. Founded by three friends in Chicago, Ritual is made to offer consumers a new way to mark a moment. Because Ritual is all about more, not less, – more taste, more options, more life.

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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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Kanosuke

Kanosuke Distillery was founded by Komasa Jyozo Co., Ltd in 2017. In August 2021, a corporate split separated the distillery and all whisky assets into the Komasa Kanosuke Distillery Co., Ltd, and Diageo have taken a minority interest in this new company. All production at Kanosuke is of single malt whisky using non-peated and peated malted barley imported from the UK. The whisky benefits from the warm climate to develop great character in a short space of time, and the range of flavours from distillation and maturation enable Kanosuke to create rich, drinkable whiskies true to its philosophy of “Mellow Land, Mellow Whisky.”

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