The state of Arkansas is the biggest producer of grape juice and wine out of all the southern states and visitors to the city of Centerton in the northwest region who have an interest in wine should make sure they take a trip to Altus. This is wine country where you will find some of the area’s must spectacular scenery and several winery tours where you can sample the local vintage as well as finding out more about how it was made.
There are over half a dozen wineries to choose from and there are the Mount Bethel Winery, the Chateau aux Arc Winery (on Highway 186), the Widerkehr Wine Cellar, and the Post Familie Vineyards and Winery. The Railway Winery is one of the most recent additions to the area and is situated just north of Eureka Springs, not far from the renowned Beaver Bridge, on Highway 187. Here you can sample some of the finest vintages that the region has to offer with their hand-crafted artisan wines as well as purchasing other locally produced goods. This small farm winery grows 14 varieties of grapes and also produces several fruit-based wines with produce from their vineyards too. The Tontitown Winery is one of the oldest established wineries in the region and was founded by the Ranalli family who have been making wine since 1923. These Italian winemakers founded the town almost a century ago but they area is still very much a grape growing region today, producing 17 different red and white varieties at its winery here. This tour also provides a fascinating insight into the lives and practices of the early Italians who originally cultivated the land to grow the grapes to make the wine and offers free tastings daily. Cowie Wine Cellars and Vineyards is much more than just a winery, location in the scenic Arkansas River Valley between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains it is also home to the Arkansas Wine Museum which is dedicated to preserving the state’s wine history and all historic documents, information and artifacts relating to this southern state’s wine making traditions. While this is further away from Centerton in Paris, it is worth the trip as you can make a weekend of it and opt to stay in the winery’s prestigious Bed & Breakfast facilities where you can relax in a quiet, peaceful suite with unique cathedral ceilings, antique bed, fireplace, stained glass windows and a your own private whirlpool bath.
If you are not a wine connoisseur and prefer your beer instead, then Arkansas is also home to a variety of micro-breweries and a distillery – the first one legally established in the state since Prohibition – where you can enjoy tours and tastings. The Rock Town distillery uses only grains grown in Arkansas soil to distil their vodka, gin, rum, bourbon and whisky, many of which have won awards across the country. The Saddlebock brewery is also in the northwest of the state within easy driving distance of the city of Centerton and produces German-style beers with absolutely no artificial ingredients or preservatives.