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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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Varietals Produced in Arkansas View all

  • Cynthiana

  • Muscadine

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Merlot

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

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Popular Wineries in Arkansas View all

  • Wiederkehr Wine Cellars

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

  • 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,...

  • Post Familie Vineyards & Winery

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

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  • Welcome Dr. Angela, I'd like to hear a bit about that Arkansas winery. Here in North Carolina, we have a fairly new wine region (Yadkin Valley) that we enjoy exploring. Nothing quite like Cali but a good bit closer to home. Read More

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  • Drangelahowell, welcome to the Snooth Forum.   We look forward to sharing ...  Do you regularly drink Arkansas wines?  Should I be looking for them on local store shelves?  Also, how can we abbreviate your handle?  There are far too many letters in DRANGELAHOWELL.; Read More

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  • We have a nice winery near Ozark Arkansas.  Read More

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  • Hello Dr.Welcome to the forum.  We're a mostly easy-going bunch.  ... decent  wine shops in Arkansa Read More

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  • Well, Duncan, Southwestern Florida and SoCal are quite a bit different from ... had a friend who grew up in Arkansas, went to school in eastern Massachusetts, lived in Japan then finally settled in the Berkeley Hills (Northern California on the eastern side of San Francisco Bay) near Foxall. His English wife was homesick for England, though, s... Read More

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  • I'm from Arkansas (: Haven't stored the wine in any special way, more as just a decoration piece. Any idea if it would be worth anything? Seems like it's sealed pretty well from what I can tell. Read More

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  • Post Familie Vineyards Red Blend Altus Ives Noir NV

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    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

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    soft, gentle, fruity Read More

    Wine review by Lady Dragonsinger


  • ... dealer based in Little Rock, Arkansas, who is interested in anything pertaining to George Washington.“There’s so much history involved in this item,” Hendershott said in a telephone interview. “If the economy was better it probably would have been unobtainable.”“This is unique,” said Seth Kaller, a dealer in historic documents who bid unsuc... Read More

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  • Post Familie Vineyards Red Blend Altus Traditional Red 2005

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    Smooth, good flavor Read More

    Wine review by Lady Dragonsinger


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