Arkansas Mountains Wineries
Arkansas is rated as the largest and also oldest wine producing region in the Southern American States. The region is home to the most productive wineries in the south producing a huge variety of high-quality wines as well. Most Arkansas Mountains wineries are family owned and are mostly ran by fourth and fifth generations of the original founders of the vineyards. The local traditions dictate that various festivals and celebrations be held every year in commemoration of not only the establishment of the wineries but also as a representation of southern comfort; something you will find in bucket loads out here.
Let’s look at just how all this came to being and what to expect when touring the Arkansas Mountains wineries.
Arkansas was not always a wine producing region, and neither was it as populated originally. However, the arrival of two immigrants from Switzerland and Germany in the early eighties saw the introduction of large scale farming and production of grapes and other fruits and berries. This laid the ground work for what is today known as the Arkansas Mountains wineries. Jacob Post, an immigrant from Germany and Johann Wiederkehr, an immigrant from Switzerland, are credited with introducing the region to wine making.
They both settled in Arkansas but on different locations. Seeing that the soils around the region were quite fertile, they decided to use their skills in farming grapes to establish vineyards with local grapes and fruits. As time passed by and their vineyards grew in both success and size, more wineries were established by others around the area growing it as a wine producing area. This is how Arkansas Mountains wineries began; growing in size over the years to become the largest wine producing region in Southern USA. It is interesting to note that the wineries have led to the setting up of even more beverage production houses such as craft beer among others.
While the area has grown in terms of wine production with a wide variety of wines available including Chardonnay and the southern blend Muscadine, wine tasting events have taken it to the next level. Events are now the order of the day with all wineries in the area having their own tasting rooms and offering tours of their cellars and wine rooms as well as vineyards. Visitors to the Arkansas Mountains wineries will definitely have enough to do while on their visit to this wonderful region.
If wine tasting is not for you, then the Arkansas Mountains wineries will not disappoint. The region is also home to a variety of outdoor sporting and leisure events including cycling, hiking, and motorcycling as well as a host of other fun activities. If you like to indulge your pallet, then wine and food tasting will be more than enough to keep you occupied.