Top 100 wine sites in 2015

Traffic data shows which wine websites are most popular this year. (Here is the method.) Below is an analysis of this ranking of wine sites.

Apps and magazines

And the winner is…Having an off-line reputation clearly helps. This is easiest for the paper media — as illustrated by the presence in the Top 10 of the Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Decanter and Robert Parker.

Most incumbents are not going away but web apps now also dominate the Top 10. When i started this ranking contest, the point was to list the wine voices that counted and those that were upcoming. I considered Wine Searcher to be an aggregator and so i did not include it. Now it appears that Wine Searcher is the wine search engine that won and cannot be avoided. So i included it and it ranks first!

The wine voices that gained most visitors (in proportion) this year are French Scout and Matching Food & Wine.

The Top 100 attempts to highlight writers that you should discover. Only the “better” 20% of the websites are shown. Well, “better” here is not an opinion but an evaluation of which sites are most popular.

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.

8 Responses to “Top 100 wine sites in 2015”

  1. melanie says:

    Hi, please take a look at my wine blog! All about great value wines!

  2. My wine blog takes a look at wines I drink every day. Most are new wines costing under $10 to $15 a bottle I consider great values. Others are wines I have had in my cellar for 25 to 30 years or longer and are still going strong.

  3. Please consider my website for ranking in your list. I cover not only the Niagara and Ontario region in Canada, but also wines from everywhere in Canada and some international writing. It’s a website focused on the consumer with a mix of story-telling and reviews along with commentary on the wine industry in Canada. There is also a food and wine component, with reviews on wine-focused restaurants.

  4. Liz Palmer says:

    Hi and Happy New Year!

    Can you please add my site to the list [] ?


  5. Thank you Liz for the heads-up. Your site does not appear this time because the new release is limited to the Top 10 wine sites.

  6. Shubham says:

    after reading through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back often!

    Pretty nice post.

  7. Ankur Dubey says:

    Can you add our website in your list .