The federal state with the capital Little Rock is part of the Midwest of the USA
with the two states Missouri
. At the beginning of the 19th century, winegrowing here was influenced by immigrants from Germany and Switzerland. There are severe winters with extreme temperature fluctuations. The three areas classified as AVA
are Altus, Arkansas Mountain and Ozark Mountain. The wine growing center is located in the northwest near Altus in the valley of the Arkansas River. European vines, hybrids
and varieties of the species Vitis aestivalis
, Vitis labrusca
and Vitis rotundifolia
are cultivated. Production companies are Château Aux Arc, Cowie Wine Cellars, Mount Bethel Winery, Post Family Vineyards and Wiederkehr Wine Cellars (Swiss origin).