The Natural State is a land of opportunity when it comes to planting and harvesting grapes. Arkansas wineries and wonderfully-scenic, the ideal place to have a few glasses. Here are the 8 best in the state.
Located in the “Taldo House,” the Tontitown Winery invites you to free wine tasting seven days a week. The Tontitown Winery makes their wines on-site using locally-grown grapes. When the weather is nice you can kick back and relax on their outdoor deck and enjoy live local music. Inside you can get lost in their History Room which features wine-making traditions.
As the oldest and largest winery in mid-America, Wiederkehr Wine Cellars has been making fine wines for over 135 years. Come discover the Swiss winemaking traditions at this historic winery located in the slopes of the Ozark Mountains.
Audrey, the owner of this vineyard, bought land (20 acres to be exact) from Al Wiederkehr that included the first chardonnay vineyard in Arkansas. She also got legislature passed naming the Cynthiana grape, first discovered in Arkansas, the official state grape of the Natural State. Chateau aux Arc is open seven days a week.
Famous for that muscadine wine, the Post Winery were the first commercially producing vineyard in the Natural State as well the first to introduce the 100 percent muscadine juice. Five generations of the Post Winery are responsible for cultivating and harvesting the grapes that make their delicious wines.
Just down the road from the Pinnacle Mountain State Park, the River Bottom Winery now features fruit wines made fresh from their farm. Additionally, visitors can enjoy delicious fruit preserves, decorations, and hand-crafted jewelry.
In 2004 and 2005, eight varieties of grapes were planted in this eight-acre vineyard located in the Hills of Keels Creek just outside of Eureka Springs. The Keels Creek Winery began production in the fall of 2006. Visitors can enjoy wine in the spacious tasting room inside the Spanish-style house that is shared with the Keels Creek Art Gallery.
The tasting room of this unique winery is housed in a building that began as a milk barn. Whether it’s in the beautiful tasting room, on one of the oversized decks, or under the covered patio, Sassafras Vineyards has the perfect spot to enjoy their wonderful wines.
This small farm winery features a vineyard with 12 varieties of grapes plus several fruits. Visitors are welcome to enjoy artisan wines as well as other local products including coffee and jellies. Railway Winery is located just north of historic Eureka Springs.