Best wine websites as of July 2012

Here is the quarterly ranking of websites. Webmasters need not apply as the contest includes all sites. The table shows only the 250 ‘best’ — ‘best’ is evaluated with public website metrics. These permit to include all sites — not just blogs.

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

Yearly trends

The site that gained most visitors in 12 months is Wine Enthusiast. The sites whose valuation most increased this year are the same plus Cellar Tracker and Fiona Beckett’s Matching Food & Wine (the latter because it is new and created by a well-known journalist).

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.

You can follow the directory evolution by subscribing to the feed on websites blog RSS.


There is a complementary contest: the Wine Blog Awards. It has a focus on US blogs and uses some subjective judgment by peers. The purpose is entirely different to that of the Cellarer ranking, which automatically includes all sites and is limited only by publicly available data (which mostly is not directly influenced by peers).

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5 Responses to “Best wine websites as of July 2012”

  1. TJ Jones says:

    We are a fairly new wine blog, but would eventually like to be included for consideration. How do we submit our blog for this? Thanks. TJ

  2. Thank you for asking. I am placing you in the list of contestants for the next issues.

  3. Liz Palmer says:

    Hi, I just came across your “Best Wine Websites as of July 2012″. I am in the process of relaunching our site and would like to be considered in the next issue of the Cellarer wine directory. Liz

  4. Roger Beery says:

    I would like very much to be included on your list

    Thank you


  5. Lee Ann says:

    I would like to recommend Real Wine For Real People…….just an honest review site for real people….not for wine snobs, but the general public……