Friday, July 23, 2010

Eureka Springs and Wine Country

Not only do we have have a winery here in Eureka Springs, Keels Creek Winery.  http://www.keelscreek.comarkansas/  But wine is a natural byproduct of The Natural State. Back in 1880, two European families settled in the Arkansas River Valley, attracted by its fertile sandy soil and moderate climate. The two 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, which was the beginning of a wine heritage and viticulture in Arkansas. Wine was made from grapes, berries and fruit native to their new homeland. Since those early years, each added new grape varieties, and cultivated, improved and expanded their vineyards. Today, fourth and fifth generations of these two families, plus Robert Cowie and Audrey House, have contributed to making Arkansas the largest and oldest wine producing state in the South. Paris, Ozark and Altus are located in Arkansas Wine Country, just off Interstate 40 northwest of Little Rock and east of Ft. Smith, near where the Arkansas River winds between the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita Mountains.
Keel CreekWinery and Art Gallery Eureka Springs Arkansas Sunday – Thursday 12-5PM Friday – Saturday 10-6PM Will in historic Eureka Springs plan a day trip to the Keels Creek.

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