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.For Wiederkehr Wine Cellars and beyond, use our Wiederkehr Village holiday planner to get the most from your Wiederkehr Village vacation.
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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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 »
Nice place the people there seemed to know about their products. Very fairly priced. Bought 2 bottles the day I visited Visited all the wineries in just a few miles....There was only one place... more »
I stopped by with my wife and tasted several varieties of wines. Most of the tastings we chose were sweet or semi-sweet, but they did have drier varieties also. We also went to the restaurant and had a couple snacks of delicious German potato salad, apple dumpling, and apple streusel. If you want sweeter desserts go with the apple streusel or add ice cream to the apple dumpling. Arrive early if you want the tour of the facilities - probably before 3:00 PM. We were too late for a tour at 4:45 PM. Overall, it was worth the stop.
Came here during a recent visit to the area and it was wonderful in so many ways. The food was very good, but more than that, the setting was really unique. I don't know how to describe the setting other than cozy Swiss Chalet :-) I had the steak and it was pretty good. The apple strudel with ice cream as excellent. The service we very good. If you are looking for a unique experience, def check it out.
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