Best wine sites as of January 2014

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 information brands. This semester the sites that gained most traffic were (in decreasing order): CellarTracker, Wine Enthusiast, the Wine Spectator, Snooth, French Scout.

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:

  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.

3 Responses to “Best wine sites as of January 2014”

  1. Dan P says:

    Hi, Here by accident. You have a thoughtful approach. Unfortunately, a totally unethical site such as Winezap manages to ’score’ well. We periodically receive calls from consumers looking for wine that was listed in 2007 on our prior website’s excel spreadsheet inventory list. Clearly cached by Winezap, they are wasting everyone’s time. We have requested Winezap to purge our old list(s), to no response. All internet traffic is not equal. Sincerely, Dan P

  2. Mark Ihrig says:

    I found this site searching Google, great site!
    I agree with Dan P, there are sites that don’t belong, but what can you do. I have booked marked your site, thank you. Cheers!

  3. Dan, Mark,
    Thank you for your inputs. I have decided accordingly to remove the aggregators of wine sellers. The result is here: Best 100 as of April.