Arkansas Wine AVAs: Altus
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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.
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Arkansas Mountain AVA
, one of the largest AVAs, is located in the Ozark Mountains of western Arkansas and englobes the Altus AVA
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 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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