Best wine websites as of July 2009

Here is the quarterly ranking of web sites. Webmasters need not apply as the contest includes all sites. The table shows only the 140 ‘best’ — ‘best’ is evaluated with public website metrics. These permit to include all sites — not just blogs.

Holiday contestSo lie back, relax, and enjoy my comments on the results.


Some sites are appearing in this top list. Last quarter their scores were lower than those of the 140 top ones. They include:

Off-line support

You may notice that half the biggest websites are supported — and promoted — by off-line operations. They are Web appendices of successful non-Internet ventures: the Wine Spectator, The Pour, eRobertParker, Avenue Vine, Wine Enthusiast, Jancis Robinson, Natalie McLean.

USA dominates

Stephen Colbert cleans the American flagMost of the top websites stem from operations based in the US. The majority of the listed sites are written from that country. The following facts may contribute: the USA are still the country the most present on the Web, they still dominate the English-speaking culture and they are on a trend to become the top wine drinking country in the world.


So here is a list of all the websites which are pure players (without offline operations), in the Top 140 and not based in an English-speaking nation:

How to participate

Websites are automatically included in the contest as soon as I learn of their existence. To be eligible to the next issue of the Cellarer 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 type of information is different.

If you disagree with the directory criteria, please comment below or e-mail me.

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Once the above conditions are fulfilled the websites are also considered for addition to another tool: a search engine dedicated to wine and food.

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8 Responses to “Best wine websites as of July 2009”

  1. Merci! Thank you so much for selecting my blog for your top sites. What an honor it is to be included in this list! Cheers,

  2. John says:

    Thanks for putting these lists together. I found your list through google after reading a report from VinTank and wanting to do more research. One site I do notice that VinTank mentioned that is not on your list is Is there a reason they are not included? I don’t think they are a wine seller even though they do have a few ads here and there but so do the blogs you list.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. John,
    Thank you for your appreciation. The initial idea for the directory was to rank the author-driven sites. This is why is not part of the contest yet. Considering this site as a wine forum I’ll include it in the next polls. Thanks for pointing it out!

  4. Deon Perno says:

    I want to be wishing you the best and would like to thank you for the text.

  5. Thank you so much, this was very interesting. I was actually born in Spain (I’m not telling when though!) but moved around europe and lastly settled in England when I was 5. I dont remember an awful lot of the few years I was in spain, but the smell of spanish food always seems to ring a bell in me or something. It’s weird how I dont remember anything except the smells,isn’t it! I actually found a internet site dedicated to spanish recipes, which gave me great delight and thought I really should to share. Anyway, thank you again. I’ll get my son to add your website to my rss thing…

  6. Everytime I come to your webpage, it seems the font is really small and hard to read. I know it wasn’t like that a couple of weeks ago. I’m not sure if I messed up my computer or if the problem is on your end?

  7. Thank you Natosha for your story. I understand that smells are engraved in a deeper (primordial) part of the brain, which might explain why we recall them easily (even though you don’t recall events of when you were a baby).

  8. Holly – We are all messing with computers while attempting to get things done. Anyway the problem was on the blog “style” sheet. It should be corrected now. Thank you for the heads-up.