Best wine websites in the Autumn of 2007

This is an analysis of the ranking of wine websites.

Analysis of results

And the winner is…Two websites clearly stand out as the biggest wine hubs: the Wine Spectator and the Wine lovers page. This in part is explained by their quality. It is also explained by the long time they have been known by wine enthusiasts.

Having an off-line reputation clearly helps. This is illustrated by the presence in the top five of the Wine Spectator, the New York Times and Robert Parker.

In the last few years the wine web offer has immensely diversified. There now are many quality wine critics who comment on line. The latest domain names listed are from 2006 and 2007:

Actually I have examined some websites that do not appear in this top 50. They are not listed because the others are even better!

In general the valuation shows an institutional bias. This is why I computed a second metric: the website popularity. Please click on the ‘Popularity’ heading to sort wine websites by public support.

What trends can you see from the rankings?

How to participate

For a website to be eligible to the next wine directory, the below conditions must be met:

  1. The main topic should be wine.
  2. Producing estates and wine sellers are excluded. Some of them run wonderful websites but the information type is different.
  3. Either the number of visitors is at least 1,000 per month or the PageRank is at least 4.

If you disagree with the directory criteria, please comment below.

Once the above conditions are fulfilled the best ranked websites are considered for addition to a search engine dedicated to wine and food.

Here are the criteria I use for ranking the sites. You can follow the directory evolution by subscribing to the feed on websites blog RSS or by subscribing to the mailing list about website optimization.

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2 Responses to “Best wine websites in the Autumn of 2007”

  1. Hi there,

    Nice to see we are still in the top 50 :)
    will have to try harder next year and get to No1, we also just revamped the site so hope you like the new layout.

    All the best,


  2. Hi Chris,
    Your site is on a path to glory. And it deserves it!
    Because it represents a retailer and a winery it will not appear in the next list. There is no problem with your position; it’s just that the future directories will not include any trade site. The aim is that the casual ranking reader is directed to articles not from the business. (I am not saying independent.)
    Now I invite everybody to visit your site. It is in my blogroll (righ-hand bar) and in the Cellarer search engine. For example your white paper on fruity wines is excellent.