Arkansas wine is a natural byproduct. Two European families settled in the Arkansas River Valley, attracted by its fertile sandy soil and moderate climate. These pioneers of the American wine industry were Jacob Post, who came to America in 1872, and Johann Wiederkehr, who immigrated to Altus from Switzerland in 1880. Area conditions reminded them so much of the fine wine-making regions of Germany and Switzerland that they each established vineyards, the beginning of viticulture in Arkansas.
Today, the wine country of the Arkansas River valley continues to thrive. Plus, wine making has returned to areas like Tontitown that previously had a rich history of Italian immigrants and wine making. Additionally, it has spread to other areas of the state offering a trail worth following for delicious fun.