Micro Breweries & Wineries in Arkansas
Fine wines are natural byproducts 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, marking the beginning of a wine heritage and viticulture in Arkansas.
Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, Wiederkehr Village
Both of these vintners began making wine from grapes, berries and fruit native to Arkansas. As time passed, they added new grape varieties, and cultivated, improved and expanded their vineyards.
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. The towns of 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.
Want to taste Arkansas-made wine and meet the people behind it all? Check out the Arkansas Wine Trail