My blog each Wednesday is going to discuss the wine offerings of Arkansas from individual vineyards, wines, festivals, wine-infused events and more.
Jill M. Rohrbach
Owned by Eugene and Peggy Post, the setting for Mount Bethel Winery in Altus is a quaint, native rock structure in a farm setting. While Mount Bethel Winery received its wine permit in 1956, the vineyards, winery and home on the current winery’s land date back to Joe Post, eldest son of Jacob Post who emigrated from Germany to the area in 1880. Other descendants of Jacob Post run nearby Post Familie Winery. Mount Bethel is the original location of the Post Familie Winery, which moved after acquiring the Altus Cooperative Winery. Mount Bethel is now also in the hands of a fourth generation descendant of Joe Post with Michael Post, son of Eugene and Peggy, as the vintner and manager of the winery.
I spent some time in the Mount Bethel tasting room one afternoon and had as much fun exploring the wines as I did hearing the family members tell stories about the wines, wine labels, and family life in the winery. You’ll love the intimate, family feel.
Mount Bethel vints classic wines such as Merlot, Cabernet and Chardonnay, native Arkansas varieties such as the Cynthiana and Muscadine, and specializes in fruit wines such as blackberry, blueberry, elderberry, peach, strawberry and wild plum.
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Tours available upon request. 5014 Mount Bethel Drive in Altus; (479) 468-2444; http://mountbethel.com. Just off Ark. 64, approximately 1/4 mile east of Altus. Only 6 miles from Interstate 40, approximately 30 minutes drive from Fort Smith and less than 2 hours drive from Little Rock.
It’s worth the trip.