A Guide to Arkansas Wine and Vineyards

Arkansas began its wine history in the 1880's when two families decided that the soil and weather of the area would produce excellent vineyards. Since that time several wineries have settled in the area and it has began a gradual growth. The wine that is produced in the region is excellent even though its a not a dominate state such as California in the wine industry.
Here are five vineyards in the area and a review of a few of the wines they produce.

1) Mount Bethel Winery located at 5014 Mount Bethel Altus, AR. 72821

This winery is family owned and operated. It has been in business since prior to 1900. They are located at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains outside the town of Altus. Their winery is a warm and friendly establishment that welcomes visitors. They are always willing and happy to talk about the wines they produce and the business. I cannot stress how truly inviting and friendly these people are. They truly offer amazing customer service and you will always feel at home when visiting their winery.

One of their wines is a very nice white known as Domaine Montel Chardonnay which retails for $12.25 per bottle. It is a nice dry white with a touch of vanilla in the flavor.

Another one of their wines that is excellent is a very nice dry red known as Domaine Montel Cabernet Sauvignon. Its wonderfully fruity. The retail price is $12.50.

For more information on Mount Bethel Winery or to purchase one of their outstanding wines please visit their website at,

http://www.mountbethel.com/

2) Cowie Wine Cellars located at 101 N. Carbon City Rd., Paris, AR 72855

The Cowie Wine Cellars offers not only tours of their wonderful operation but also a genuine wine museum. The only one like it in the United States.

This winery was founded in 1967. Its a lovely place to spend the day touring. You will find a warm friendly atmosphere to relax in.

They offer a very nice sweet Red Muscadine that retails for only $9 per bottle. Another $9 wine is their Niagra which is a sweet wine strong in the flavor of grapes. They also offer a very nice Chardonnay that is wonderfully dry and only $12 per bottle.

Here is their website where you can view the wines they have for sale or perhaps plan a trip to their wonderful winery.

http://www.cowiewinecellars.com/

3) Post Familie Vineyards located at 1700 St. Mary's Mountain Road, Altus, AR 72821

This was one of the founding vineyards in 1880 which began it all. Jacob Post was a German immigrant who arrived in America in 1872. Soon he would be in Arkansas selling the first wines of the region. Since then five generations of Post family have ran the Post Familie Vineyards.

They offer a wonderful semi dry red known as their Traditional Red. One of their excellent dessert wines is their Altrus Port.

I encourage you to visit their website and learn more about the beginning of wine in the region and discover the many varieties that they currently produce.

Their website is,

http://www.postfamilie.com/index.htm

4) Keels Creek Winery located at 3185 East Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Their winery also has a lovely art museum to browse when you visit. This winery began production in 2006 so it is a relatively new operation but fast rising to the top.

They have a very nice Signature Red that is worth trying. This wine wonderfully bold. Another one that is worth mention is their Blush Niagara which is a semi sweet grape blend. Very tasty.

Please visit their website for more information to to plan a trip to their winery.

http://www.keelscreek.com/about/

5) Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards and Winery located at 8045 Champagne Drive-HWY 186, Altus, Arkansas 72821

This is a relatively new operation but they are fast making a name for themselves. The winery is absolutely lovely and even sports an old fashioned moat, stone walkway and manicured flower bed. It is definitely worth a visit and a wonderful place to spend the day. They even have an RV campground area for the traveler on wheels.

They have a 2004 American Zinfandel which is priced at a very low $12.00 per bottle. This is a nice Zinfandel and worth a try. They also have a 2005 Altus Chardonnay that is priced at $12.50 per bottle and worth a try.

Please take a few moments to visit their website and perhaps plan a trip. They do ship their wines out of state to states that allow shipping.

Here is there website.

http://www.chateauauxarc.com/Home_Page.html

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