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:
Arkansas Wine Producers Association
Arkansas Wine Producers Association has been growing for over 125 years. Enjoy a tour and tasting at an Arkansas Winery! Located at 3324 Swiss Family Dr. Wiederkehr Village. Phone: 468-2249.
Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards & Winery
The world’s largest planter of Cynthiana grapes and the largest Zinfandel planter in Arkansas. Open daily. Features an RV park and campgrounds on-site. Located at 8045 Ark. 186. 479-468-4400.
Mount Bethel Vineyards & Winery
Historic wine cellar adjacent to the 1888 homestead. Free tastings Mon. - Sat. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun. 12-5 p.m. Large selection of fruit wines. Located on Hwy. 64 E. 479-468-2444.
Post Famile Vineyards & 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. 479-468-2741.
Wiedekehr 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. 3323 Swiss Family Dr. 479-468-WINE.