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The first approved viticultural area in Arkansas was granted on June 29, 1984 and named Altus, after the town where the majority of the state's wineries were concentrated. This area has long been known as the “wine capital” of the Natural State.

The Altus appellation is a 5 mile plateau which runs between the Boston Mountains and the Arkansas River on a bed of high acid, gravelly loam soil. Oenologists have long agreed that these soils are particularly suited for viticulture. The area is kept to a moderate climate during the growing season as cool airs funnel downwards into the river and canal system which lays beneath the vineyards. During the winter months, vineyards are shielded from harsh climatic effects by the prominent Boston Mountains.

At this time, there are five wineries working mostly with the area's most notable varietals, Cynthiana (Norton) and Niagara as well as a number of different French hybrids. Combined, these wineries are producing close to a million gallons of wine per annum. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

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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


  • I see probably a half dozen or more wines on that list from Gallo that I drink ... the crisis of 2007-9.  Altus (2nd label of Merus), Villa Hermosa (now out of business), Sodaro (right next to $150/bottle Meteor and Meteor stole their winemakers), Phelan (also out of business, sold grapes to Silver Oak then tried to go it on their own, big mis... Read More

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  • So some years back, I drank almost exclusively California wines, and pretty ... 2006 Temescal (Oakville)2006 Altus (Rutherford; the "second wine" of Merus)2006 Bell Napa Valley2006 Cameron Hughes Mount Veeder Lot 842006 Chappellet Signature2007 Robert Craig Affinity.According to CellarTracker, these have all at least entered their drinking win... 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


  • Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards & Winery Zinfandel 2004

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    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

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    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

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    This is a wondeful wine, it is such a pity Arkansas will not allow Post Familie ... to drop in at the winery at Altus, treat yourselves. I am down to my last bottle, so please have one for m Read More

    Wine review by tiggertoo


  • The Winery of Hot Springs Arkansas White NV

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    There are very few wineries still left in Arkansas. Ozark Mountain Vineyards is not one of the more well known ones, and they sell their wine in the very touristy "Winery of Hot Springs", but I was pleasantly surprised by their offerings. Inexpensive, but very approachable and easy-drinking. If you visit Hot Springs, this would be a great way... Read More

    Wine review by Nicole Ramsey


  • Post Familie Vineyards Muscadine Altus White NV

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    Wine review by youngapple


  • Chateau Aux Arc Dragon Fly Red 2006

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    Wine review by wdudding


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