Arkansas Wine AVAs: Altus

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Altus AVA is entirely contained within the Arkansas Mountain AVA, just south of the Boston Mountains in western Arkansas. Altus is known as the 'Wine Capital' of Arkansas. Here you will find warm, dry summers and cold winters, both tempered by the local topography. The nearby mountain ranges protect the vines from cold northern winds in winter, and the local river and canal systems gently cool the area down in summer. The most important vine varieties in Altus are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay.

Altus Grape Festival Arkansas

Altus Grape Festival Arkansas

Arkansas Mountain AVA
Arkansas Mountain, one of the largest AVAs, is located in the Ozark Mountains of western Arkansas and englobes the Altus AVA described above. The hot, dry summers are followed by cold winters, somewhat tempered by the nearby mountain ranges. The most important vine varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay, plus local grapes that are unfamiliar to outsiders. This AVA is rarely used.

Ozark Mountain
Ozark Mountain AVA occupies 3.5 million acres (almost 1.5 million hectares) in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. Given its huge size, it is difficult to generalize except to say that the climate is continental, sometimes moderated by its hills and rivers, and the soils include sandstone, loam, limestone, and clay.

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