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Winemaking expertise arrived in Arkansas with the first European settlers, German, Swiss and Italian immigrants. They quickly realized that the Boston Mountains to the north protected much of the growing area from winter cold, and the moderate elevation of the hills put them above the frost line. These are ideal conditions for growing grapes. Prohibition hit this area hard, but the wine industry’s saving grace was that growers grafted table grapes onto the roots, instead of ripping out vineyards, leaving them prepared for the coming wine revolution. Although today over half of the Arkansas counties remain dry, the state has three AVAs (one shared with Missouri) which are moving forward to develop their wine industry. There are six dedicated wineries that are experimenting with varieties such as Cynthiana, Vidal Blanc and Seyval Blanc, as well as continuing to work with the Cabernet, Merlot, and Chardonnay staples. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Cynthiana

  • Muscadine

    Muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia) are a grapevine species native to the present-day southeastern United States that has...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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Popular Wineries in Arkansas View all

  • Post Familie Vineyards & Winery

    Post Familie Winegrowers --- Since 1880, five generations of Posts have cultivated and harvested ...

  • Cowie Wine Cellars

    Welcome to our small family winery. At Cowie Wine Cellars we produce a limited amount of the fin...

  • Chateau Aux Arc

    Born August 1976, Audrey lived just west of Oklahoma City in the community of Yukon, Oklahoma,...

  • Wiederkehr Wine Cellars

    In 1880, Johann Andreas Wiederkehr and his family emigrated from Switzerland to Altus, Arkansas (...

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  • Post Familie Vineyards Red Blend Altus Ives Noir NV


    This was one of the best red wines I have had for quite some time, I really enjoyed it. You can chill it or drink it room temperature. Not too sweet and not too dry, just right. Read More

    Wine review by JSnead

  • Wiederkehr Wine Cellars Red Muscadine NV


    soft, gentle, fruity Read More

    Wine review by Lady Dragonsinger

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  • Post Familie Vineyards Red Blend Altus Traditional Red 2005


    Smooth, good flavor Read More

    Wine review by Lady Dragonsinger

  • Raimondo Family Winery California Chablis NV


    This wine really has so much going on that it's hard to pick out individual ... "resort" near Mountain Home, Arkansas. It has a lot of Chardonnay characteristics, thankfully without grass or barnyard notes. It's super drinkable and a very nice summer win Read More

    Wine review by Nicole Ramsey

  • Mount Bethel Winery Big Daddy Tawny Port NV


    Very fruity, big nose and strong finish Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Wiederkehr Wine Cellars Red Muscadine NV


    An excellent budget wine for someone who is looking for a good introduction to red wines. Not too sweet, not too dry. Has a twist cap which may be good for novices also. Well worth the money. Read More

    Wine review by netofbeing

  • Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards & Winery Zinfandel 2004


    My first experience of Zinfandel - both nose and colour felt sexy. I can't find another word that describes it. It's sexy. The taste - yes blackberries, but it goes down warm. It's a sensual fire begging to be drunk with a lover. Read More

    Wine review by ToriBurns

  • Post Familie Vineyards Muscadine Altus White NV


    This I would have to say is the 2nd greatest wine I've had, and only because their Red Muscadine is the best. But I can't find that anymore. If youre looking for the white go to the PFI Western Wear website. Read More

    Wine review by thwilliams

  • Post Familie Vineyards Muscadine Altus White NV


    This is a wondeful wine, it is such a pity Arkansas will not allow Post Familie - or any Arkansas winery - to ship their product.It's a long drive to up to Arkansas from Houston to buy the wine so unless I am up that way again (camping at Lake Fort Smith) - unlikely anytime soon - I will have to sadly make do with some local plonk.Great wine, if... Read More

    Wine review by tiggertoo

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