The 7 Best Wine Apps of 2018

A good wine app can transform your wine drinking and shopping

A man scanning a wine bottle with an app on his smartphone.

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A good wine app can do more than just keep track of your bottles of Cabernet and Shiraz. A wine app worth downloading can help you pair wine with food, compare wine suppliers and prices, read reviews written by other wine aficionados, and let you upload your own thoughts and photos of your latest glass to share with your friends.

Here are some of the best wine apps on iOS, Android, and Windows worth investing your time in.

HelloVine wine app being used on an iPhone and Android smartphone.

 HelloVino

HelloVino is one of many apps that let you rate your bottles or glasses of wines but its main feature worth checking out is its tool for pairing wine with food. Food can be broken down by ingredients or occasion so you can easily find a wine to have with your pizza with sausage topping or to give as a gift at a dinner party serving Chinese food with moo-shu pork.

What We Like

  • Finding wine to pair with food is very easy.
  • Good selection of niche wine categories for the experienced wine enthusiast.

What We Don't Like

  • A frustratingly high number of popups announcing new app features.
  • Needs a basic way to browse red and white wines for newbies.

Available on: iOS and Android

Delectable wine app on an iPhone.

 Delectable

Delectable is one of the best smartphone apps for scanning wine bottles to get user reviews, ratings, and background information. Using your phone's camera, Delectable takes just a few seconds to take a photo of a bottle and retrieve data on it.

Most popular wines will register within the app correctly however some niche brands are missing and will need to be manually entered. Once a bottle is in the Delectable system though, it will appear next time a user scans it and shouldn't cause any problems after the initial registration.

What We Like

  • Scanning a wine bottle is fast and works most of the time.
  • Home feed is well designed with easy navigation.

What We Don't Like

  • Some niche wines are missing from the Delectable database.
  • Buying wine kicks you out of the app to a website.

Available on: iOS and Android

Wine Events app on iPhone

 Wine Events

Wine Events, as its name suggests, is an app for discovering events relating to wine. Users can browse the rather large listing of events by location or discover last minute tastings or tours happening during the upcoming weekend.

Of particular note is Wine Events' dedicated section for wine and food vacations which encourages users' wanderlust with details and imagery of tours through stunning locations such as France, Italy, and Argentina.

What We Like

  • App is available globally with most regions supported.
  • Users can submit their own wine events for promotion.

What We Don't Like

  • Despite international availability, majority of events are U.S. or Canada based.
  • Too many links open in a web browser instead of inside the app.

Available on: iOS and Android

Cellar Tracker wine app on iOS and Android.

 Cellar Tracker

Cellar Tracker is one of the most-popular wine tracking apps due to its barcode scanning functionality and listing of over 2.7 million wines.

This app may not look as visually impressive as many of the other apps in the Apple or Google Play apps stores but its scanning and processing of wines is definitely the fastest, literally taking less than a second to read a barcode and render a result.

What We Like

  • Guest option allows anyone to use the app's features without creating an account.
  • Barcode scanning is incredibly fast.

What We Don't Like

  • Unlike Vivino and Delectable, if Cellar tracker can't find information on a scanned wine, it offers no way for you to manually enter it or make a request for it to be registered.
  • App design isn't as visually pleasing as other modern smartphone apps and look very dated.

Available on: iOS and Android

The Plonk wine app on an Apple iPhone.

 Plonk

Like many other wine apps, Plonk lets you log your wine usage by taking a photo and entering a comment. What sets Plonk apart from its rivals though is its strong emphasis on education with detailed profiles on every grape, region, and style imaginable. Every profile is accompanied by a high quality photo, an informative description, and even a playable sound file to let you know the correct pronunciation of wine-related vocabulary.

Plonk also helps new winos work out which wine is for them by getting new app users to complete a sort of personality test that asks you questions about how much salt you have with food and whether you prefer tea or coffee. The result is a remarkably accurate wine recommendation that does indeed match your taste in wine. The results are also accompanied by links to related grape profiles for you to check out next time you go wine shopping.

What We Like

  • The wine personality test is fun and surprisingly accurate.
  • Fantastic information on grapes and wine regions.

What We Don't Like

  • Logging in with Facebook no longer works.
  • App occasionally requires you to manually login again which is especially frustrating when it happens several times on the same day.

Available on: iOS

Note: Plonk used to be available for Android devices but that version of the app appears to have been discontinued and is no longer available for download.

Cork to Cork Wine Journal Windows 10 app
Cork to Cork Wine Journal is a Windows 10 app for keeping track of your wine pairings.

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Cork to Cork Wine Journal is an app made for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 devices that lets you keep a record of every wine you try. Information can be entered manually with fields made available for wine rating, vineyard, region, type, and any additional notes you feel like adding.

What We Like

  • Cork to Cork has a great design aesthetic with high quality photos of vineyards and wine.
  • Wines can be sorted by region, vineyard, and rating.

What We Don't Like

  • The app menu isn't optimized for the Windows 10 operating system.
  • There's no cloud backup of user data which can be frustrating if a device is lost or broken.

Available on: Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

The Vivino Vivino wine app being used on an iPhone to scan a wine bottle label.

 Vivino

Vivino is quite literally a social media app for wine enthusiasts. Users can post photos of their latest bottle of wine, write reviews, like photos and posts made by others, and comment on content for deeper conversations about which wine to try (or not try).

The app can connect to both Facebook and Twitter, which makes populating your Vivino friends list incredibly easy and fast, and it also recommends featured users who frequently post about new wines and have built up a significant following for themselves.

Vivino can help you when shopping for wine in a physical retail store too. Simply by taking a photo of a bottle of wine, the app will pull up a collection of information and ratings made by other users, making the decision to buy much easier.

What We Like

  • Facebook and Twitter integration makes finding friends easy.
  • Wine reviews are easy to read and create with an impressive amount of data made available to dig into.

What We Don't Like

  • Syncing Twitter followers can take a long time if you have a popular account.
  • Wine product pages can be intimidating due to how much information is available.

Available on: iOS and Android