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, Ozark, 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 Gamaliel, Eureka Springs and Tontitown. These have been joined by distilleries and breweries.
Chateau Aux Arc
, (pronounced "ozark") established in 1998; known for Chardonnay and Cynthiana grapes; tasting room open daily.
Mount Bethel Winery,
in operation since 1956; produces a wide variety of locally-grown fruit wines: sip some blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, elderberry, peach, wild plum and, of course, grape.
Post Winery, Altus
located in Wiederkehr Village, is best-known for its uniquely dry Muscadine wine.
taste some wine, shop for gifts and local wine, juice, jelly and vinegar; tours available by request. Established in 1880.
Wiederkehr Wine Cellars and Vineyard:
Tour the original wine cellar (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), which has been converted into the Weinkeller Restaurant, which serves Swiss and European specialties, and wine.
In Paris, Cowie Wine Cellars opened in 1955; wine making supplies for sale; amateur wine making competition annually; home to the Arkansas Historic Wine Museum. A branch of the museum is located in Hot Springs.
Located in the old Petit Jean Movie Theater in downtown Morrilton, Movie House Winery has crafted semi-sweet and dry wines, supplies for home wine making and beer kits; gift shop, custom made gift baskets; wine-making classes offered.
Keels Creek Winery in Eureka Springs. In addition to its own label, Keels Creek offers one of the largest selections of Arkansas wines in the state. The retail wine sales and tasting room are next to Keels Creek Art Gallery.
The Railway Winery & Vineyards are located just outside Eureka Springs near the historic Beaver Bridge. Featured are hand-crafted artisans wines and locally produced goods. The tasting room is open to the public and available for private functions.
Cowie Wine Cellars, Paris
Raimondo Family Winery, a small farm winery, operates its tasting room and produces its wines at Blue Lady Resort in Gamaliel. The Raimondo Family Winery has been producing wine in California for more than two decades.
The quaint Italian-founded town of Tontitown is already famous for its over a century-old Grape Festival each August. The Italian heritage is also showcased in the Tontitown Winery, housed in the 1917 Taldo House which includes a history room full of the area's colorful past.
Brew Pubs, Breweries & Distilleries
Refreshing regional beer and microbrews are available on tap and in bottles, and Arkansas also boasts a growing brewery industry. You'll find them located in Little Rock, Fayetteville and Springdale. We also a distillery, the first legal one since Prohibition. Tour the breweries and brew pubs of Arkansas.
Diamond Bear Brewing Company, Little Rock
Diamond Bear Brewing Company in Little Rock serves craft beers including Southern Blonde Ale, Pale Ale and Irish Red.
Vino's Pizza Pub Brewery has an on-site micro brewery that produces various ales. The restaurant serves New York-style pizza.
Bosco's is located in downtown Little Rock's River Market area and has numerous beers brewed on-site and available on tap.
Refined Ale Brewery in Little Rock is the first black-owned brewery in Arkansas and the only brewer of Malt Liquor in the South.
Rock Town Distillery is the state’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. The distillery uses Arkansas grown grains to distill their award winning vodka, gin, rum, bourbon, whiskey and moonshine. The distillery is open for public tours and tastings.
Hog Haus Brewing Company, in Fayetteville serves numerous seasonal and special brews. Also located in Fayetteville are the Fossil Cove Brewing Company and the Tanglewood Branch Beer Company. Tanglewood serves lunch and dinner as well.
Core Brewing & Distilling Company in Springdale offers craft beers and a variety of specialty and seasonal brews. Another Springdale location is the Saddlebock Brewery which produces German-style beers.