The DV portfolio

Since 2013, we’ve invested more than £245 million in over 35 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.


VERVET, a female and Asian American and Pacific Islander-owned sustainable brand of sparkling farm-to-can cocktails that reflect the diverse cultures and food scenes of Los Angeles. Helmed by CEO Tuan Lee, Chief Product Officer Hope Ewing, and Chief Counsel Alex Rosenblum, VERVET aims to build a brand which embodies diversity as a foundational and creative principle.

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Atōst is a majority female and Latinx-owned wine-based farm-to-bottle aperitif helmed by CMO Cindy Pressman and CEO Kyle Pressman. Based in Golden, Colorado, their winery is home to the entire production process – from fermentation of their base white wine, to in-house extractions utilising locally sourced fruits, herbs, and botanicals.

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Kromanti Distillery & Blending House

Kromanti, a rum distillery and blending house founded in 2020 by Cashain David and his daughter Danielle, descendants of the Kromantis who migrated throughout the Caribbean and were raised in the UK. Driven by a sense of conscious curiosity and a desire to reframe the conversation in rum through real stories, they researched the cultural meanings of botanical ingredients to create their Tamarind Infused Spiced Rum.

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Lot 42 Premium Drinks Co.

Lot 42 is a premium ready to drink range from co-founders, life partners and drinks veterans Chris MacDonald and Dale Milliken. With a focus on elevating the RTD category through award-winning flavours and a desire to pay homage to Chris’ families’ refugee roots on Prince Edward Island, Canada, Lot 42 is based on a true story of freedom, optimism, and adventure. As proud members of the LGBTQ+ community, Chris and Dale aspire to create positive, open-minded spaces for individuals to get together, supporting each other in being their best selves, free of judgement.

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Vascano Tequila

Vascano Tequila, a Black, women, and LGBTQIA+ owned brand born in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial turmoil that followed that summer. Created by founders, Vernon Leftwich, Adanna Mbanugo and Samantha Johnson, their collective goal was to create a multifunctional spirit representing their intersectional identities.

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In early 2020, after one too many lockdowns and sugary spritz hangovers, Adriane and Kate decided to fulfil their dream of starting their own brand. Tapping into fashion, beauty and retail marketing experience, they sidestepped industry norms, creating a better way to drink, a unique visual identity and a community of followers using online and events. Originally from New York, and a self-professed 'ginfluencer,' Adriane is a former CMO and career marketer. Her vision is to bring the Australian lifestyle and botanical flavours onto the world stage. TANICA's bold branding, all done in-house, comes from Kate's career as a Creative Director and her passion for colour and design. TANICA is short for botanical and named for the Australian native and natural ingredients they use to make their flavoured aperitifs - all the cocktail feels and none of the regrets.

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Pimentae Drinks

In March 2021, Wynter Karo and Alice Parmiter launched Pimentae, a female-founded, premium tequila cocktail brand with a mission to liberate the way consumers enjoy tequila. Their flagship Spicy Margarita product is a unique blend of tequila, lime, chilli & agave – award-winning in taste and design. Pimentae’s tequila cocktail range is wrapped in bespoke artwork. The multi-award-winning brand is the go-to cocktail for celebrities like Michelle Keegan, Jessie Ware & Maya Jama. Stocked in Selfridge's nationally and on the menu of many leading bars and restaurants across London, including, Wahaca, the brand is a rising star in F&B. Available in 125ml pocket-sized cans or 50cl glass bottles – perfect for sharing with friends and spicing up all social occasions.

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Casa J Tequila

CASA J is a female & Mexican-owned luxury tequila blanco, crafted to honour the artisanal independent spirits who bring our culture forward. CASA J aims to modernise the tradition of tequila, creating a contemporary feminine perspective committed to excellence in quality & craft while empowering our artisan communities in Jalisco. CASA J Tequila is founded by their New York-based CEO, Sofía Paloma Juárez.

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Lodestar Whiskey

Lodestar is a new American Whiskey brand founded by Anna Axster and Wendelin Von Schroder. With a background in film, music and touring, Anna and Wendelin are no strangers to US bars and their whiskey offerings, in search of a whiskey that they love to drink and resonate with. When their search came up short, they created Lodestar.

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