This article is a resource for you to find interesting sites.
The big guns
More people look for food or wine information on the Web in the Autumn that in other seasons. This primarily benefits the information brands. This semester the sites that gained most traffic were (in decreasing order): Snooth, CellarTracker, Winezap, Wine Enthusiast, the Wine Spectator, Vinquire, Decanter, French Scout.
The sites that gained most traffic this quarter were the same. Yet the top positions are changing: the Wine Spectator lost the most audience (and thus valuation) in the past year: from 108.000 visitors in January 2012 down to 66.000 visitors in January 2013.
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 again. 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. 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:
- The main topic should be wine.
- 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.