Micro Breweries & Wineries in Arkansas
Arkansas wine is a natural byproduct of The Natural State. Back in 1880, two European families settled in the Arkansas River Valley, attracted by its fertile sandy soil and moderate climate. The two pioneers of the American wine industry were Jacob Post, who came to America in 1872, and Johann Wiederkehr, who immigrated to Altus from Switzerland in 1880. Area conditions reminded them so much of the fine wine-making regions of Germany and Switzerland that they each established vineyards, which was the beginning of a wine heritage and viticulture in Arkansas.
Wine was made from grapes, berries and fruit native to their new homeland. Since those early years, each added new grape varieties, and cultivated, improved and expanded their vineyards.
Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, Wiederkehr Village
Several area wineries that offer free tours, wine tastings and special events are:
Today, fourth and fifth generations of these two families, plus others have contributed to making Arkansas the largest and oldest wine producing state in the South. Paris, Wiederkehr Village and Altus are located in Arkansas Wine Country, just off Interstate 40 northwest of Little Rock and east of Fort Smith, near where the Arkansas River winds between the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita Mountains. Today Arkansas wine production has spread beyond the Arkansas River Valley to encompass Eureka Springs, Morrilton, Springdale and Tontitown. Craft beer and other beverages have become a hot ticket in Arkansas with numerous distilleries and breweries popping up all over The Natural State.
Information on the Arkansas Wine
and Brewery Trails
is on the Arkansas Trips and Trails