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Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, Wiederkehr Village

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#7 of 14 in Wineries in Arkansas
Winery / Vineyard · Food & Drink
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In1880, Johann Andreas Wiederkehr and his family emigrated from Switzerland to Altus, Arkansas (Altus comes from the Latin word for "high"). He chose St. Mary's Mountain, near Altus, as the location of his home in the New World because the area's mountains, valleys, and ridges had many different microclimates, some resembling the grape-growing climates in Europe's finest wine regions. Here in the beautiful Ozark Mountains high above the Arkansas River valley, the very shape of the countryside, the soil, and the climate closely matched that which for centuries had nurtured some of Europe's great wines.

In his new homeland, one of Johann's first tasks was to carve a large wine cellar from a hillside. The cellar still exists, and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Johann's wine cellar was converted into the Weinkeller Restaurant, serving authentic Swiss and European culinary delights to thousands of visitors at the Wiederkehr Village and Winery each year.

Johann's first wines were produced from the grapes, blackberries, and persimmons that were native to the area. By planting the noblest grape varieties and producing fine wines, he helped to pioneer the American wine industry—Wiederkehr Wine Cellars is U.S. Bonded Winery Number 8. From these humble beginnings, the winery has remained a family operation with third and fourth generation members dedicated to producing only the finest wines available.
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  • Nice setting with a long history. My server was knowledgeable about the wines and the area and suggested a number of things to do and places to see. I heard great things in the area about their... 
    Nice setting with a long history. My server was knowledgeable about the wines and the area and suggested a number of things to do and places to see. I heard great things in the area about their...  more »
  • We had a very enjoyable wine tasting experience served by Connie, who was very knowledgable about their wines, the history of the winery and the Arkansas River Valley. The winery offered a nice... 
    We had a very enjoyable wine tasting experience served by Connie, who was very knowledgable about their wines, the history of the winery and the Arkansas River Valley. The winery offered a nice...  more »
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  • This is some good food and wine. The restaurant is dug out in the ground to resemble a German eatery. The atmosphere it gives makes you feel you are in another country. The restaurant is located on St. Mary’s Mountain in the Ozark Mountains. We started with the Wiederkehr sampler. The sampler was enough to feed four people. The sampler had three different sausages and a serving of quiche. The staff served us freshly made salads with a side of Wiederkehr house tomato vinaigrette dressing. I was quickly approaching full before the staff served my shrimp and steak cooked medium-well as ordered. It was seasoned just right so as not to be too salty or bland. The salmon was cook to where it was soft and melt in your mouth. The wine section is incredible with the various local wines. The cheesecake was packed to go. It did not make it through the night because I tasted it and could not stop eating the fluffy cheesecake and strawberries. Reservations are strongly recommended due to limited seating, social distancing, and limited staffing. Limited staff served while we were there, but they did a fantastic job preparing and serving food.
  • The history, ambiance, and food is good. The building exterior could us minor TLC to reinvigorate it's slightly neglected appearance. Staff could dress up slightly more to make this charming and truly unique establishment a top level experience, which it should be, with the menu prices. I will definitely return and take out of town visitors. A good place for dates, anniversaries, and those looking for fun dining experiences at any cost

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