After building countless winery websites and integrating with all of the top online store options, these are our recommended winery eCommerce solutions
Commerce7 is a relative newcomer to the wine ecommerce scene, and has quickly become our favorite solution for wineries. First, it is the most modern and intuitive wine-specific solution that we have ever used. Managing inventory, clubs, etc. on the backend is easier to use compared to the other wine-specific ecommerce solutions. The online store is embedded on your own WordPress website, so there is no need to create a separate subdomain for your store that is different from your core website unless you don’t currently have a WordPress website. Commerce7 integrates with a wide range of services, including ShipCompliant, Mailchimp, CellarPass, FedEx, and more. Overall, this is at the top of our list for wineries needing the best.
Squarespace is best known as a website platform, but it also comes packaged with a solid online store solution. You can easily manage inventory, create shipping and taxation rules, connect to your bank account via Stripe and sell wine in a snap. Your website and store are hosted on the Squarespace company servers, which are extremely secure and reliable. The store design is also very customizable and beautiful.
From a user experience, we find Squarespace to offer the simplest checkout experience for your website users. You can also now sell subscription products, which could be used to charge club members a recurring fee every set period.
Small to medium sized wineries who have shipping permits for the states they want to sell to without the need for an overly robust wine club/POS solution. Ideal for wineries who want a simple, beautiful online store to sell wine.
VinoShipper is both a compliance and eCommerce company. They provide wineries with shipping permits to most US states within a week or two, and will collect and report all state taxes on your behalf. The online store can be embedded on any website, with payments processed through the VinoShipper system. VinoShipper also includes a comprehensive wine club management system. There are no monthly fees to VinoShipper, but the margins can get expensive- up to 9% per order. However, compare that margin cost against securing permits yourself for each state you want to ship to and you may find this to be a bargain.
Wineries with a nationwide sales strategy needing permits to ship to many states who don’t want to procure direct shipping permits one by one. Likewise, for wineries who don’t want to worry about collecting and reporting taxes per state, and who need a simple wine club management system.
There are a number of ecommerce solutions built specifically for wineries, such as Commerce7, WineDirect, Orderport, and VineSpring. Rather than just allowing for online sales, these systems also provide wine club management, wine allocations, and varying levels of POS integrations. These options can be too costly for small wineries, and many of the features go unused. Yet for wineries with a high volume of sales and members, a wine-specific solution is usually the best solution. A great choice for a solution of this caliber is VineSpring.
Shopify is a powerful and popular ecommerce solution, but it requires an extensive network of plugins and custom integrations to make it a good choice for wineries. This is where Bloom comes in. Bloom is a company that gets wineries completely set up on Shopify and integrated with numerous custom plugins that enable wine club, shipping compliance and more. While some of the plugins are still in their infancy, we expect Shopify to be one of the top choices for wineries within the next few years thanks to its reporting functionality, ease of use and endless plugin marketplace.
Ecwid is a leading choice for small business merchants to easily set up a store and start selling fast. There is no need to abandon your existing website — Ecwid can be added virtually anywhere you have an online presence. Ecwid is a great solution if you have an existing website because it is compatible with nearly every platform including WordPress and Squarespace. Ecwid is also a cost effective option that is based on a fixed monthly fee rather than a percentage of earnings, which can lead to huge savings. Ecwid does have a limitation in that it does not support a Wine Club or subscription based offerings. However, if you are looking for a light, fast and cost effective solution to integrate into your existing website, Ecwid may be perfect for you.
Wine shops and other wine businesses that don’t need a wine club solution but do want a powerful online store that can integrate on any site