The 8 most popular wine sites

This is an analysis of the ranking of wine sites.

Establishment vs. bloggers

And the winner is…3 websites clearly stand out as the biggest wine hubs: the Wine Spectator, the Wine lovers page and Robert Parker’s forum. This in part is explained by their quality. It is also explained by the long time they have been known by wine enthusiasts.

The top tier is not going away. The biggest valuation increases this year have been for the top 8 sites:

  1. the Wine Spectator,
  2. the Wine lovers page,
  3. Robert Parker’s,
  4. The Pour,
  5. Vinography,
  6. Wines & Vines,
  7. The Winedoctor
  8. and Dr. Vino.

Having an off-line reputation clearly helps. This is easiest for the mainstream media — as illustrated by the presence in the top four 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 blog on line. The Top 100 attempts to highlight writers that you should discover. Only the “better” 25% of the websites are shown. Well, “better” here is not an opinion but an evaluation of which sites are more popular.

What other trends can you see from the rankings?

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.

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

Here are the metrics I use for rating the wine sites. You can follow the directory evolution by subscribing to the feed on websites blog RSS.

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