Best wine sites as of January 2012

This article is a resource for you to find interesting sites.

I have performed website appraisal on 500 sites and I have ranked only the top 250. Herebelow is an analysis of the results.

The big guns

Two Fort Riley soldiers compete in the 2005 Best Ranger Competition

More people look for food or wine information on the Web in the Autumn that in other seasons. This primarily benefits the established brands. This semester the sites that gained most traffic were (in decreasing order): the Wine Spectator and CellarTracker.

The sites that gained most traffic this year were the same. Conversely fewer and fewer people go and visit the small sites, I mean the ones that do not show in the selection because they are not enough visited. So we may have a vicious circle here : few visitors bring low visibility. Maybe you have to reach out to become famous…


The recent holiday season has favoured the big sites. Yet challengers already show in this list. You can expect some to rise higher in the next installment in April.

In the last few years the web offer has immensely diversified. Everybody and their wine supplier now has a blog. There now are many quality wine critics who comment on line. Some belong to the mainstream media, others not. So go on a reading journey by browsing the list of 250 best wine sites!

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.

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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11 Responses to “Best wine sites as of January 2012”

  1. Please include us in your ranking!

  2. Would love to be included in your list that you check. Thanks.

  3. kelly says:

    Check out Blog and share your thoughts and knowledge with others!

  4. Roberto says:

    Hi I would like to have my website ranked. Thanks!

  5. Allie says:

    Take a look at our wine related blog at Entaste:
    We are based out of Argentina, but include wine & food articles that cover topics from all over the globe (in English and Spanish). Thanks!

  6. Please include my blog, in your next ranking, at the bottom of the list almost certainly. Thank you.

  7. Martin says:

    You may have overlooked Wine-Searcher. See Google for a ranking compared with your top three.

  8. Hello Martin. Thank you for the note. Your site is big but not listed because you do not discuss wines and because your subject is selling wine (indirectly).

  9. Please include schiller-wine in your ranking. Cheers. Christian

  10. lens mark says:

    hey its a great list….. would luv if u include me.. :-)

  11. Thanks but distributors don’t enter the race.