Wine Country

Arkansas is the oldest and largest wine producing state in the South. This feat can be accredited to two Europeans who settled along the Arkansas River in the Altus area: Jacob Post, who arrived in 1872, and Johann Wiederkehr, who immigrated to Altus from Switzerland in 1880. The fertile soil found in Arkansas Wine Country paired with the region’s mild climate reminded them of the fine winemaking regions of Germany and Switzerland, and they each established vineyards here, marking the beginning of viticulture in Arkansas. Today, these vineyards and wineries are run by fourth and fifth generation descendents of the original families. Festivals are held annually, including Wiederkehr Weinfest and Altus Grape Fest. Enjoy free tastings and tours throughout the year at these sites:

Chateau Aux Arc

Tastings daily, campground & RV Park with hook-ups.  Open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m..  8045 Hwy 186, Altus.  479-468-4400.

Post Winery

Large assortment of wines, including Chardonnay and the Southern natural – muscadine. Retail & Tasting Open 7 Days A Week. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-Sat: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Located at 1700 St. Mary’s Mountain Rd. Altus, AR 72821. 479-468-2741.

Wiederkehr Wine Cellars

Original wine cellar, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been converted into the Weinkeller Restaurant, specializing in Swiss cuisine. Gift shop on-site. Exit 41 on I-40. 3323 Swiss Family Dr. 479-468-WINE.