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Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, Altus

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#9 of 11 in Wineries in Arkansas
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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  • Have visited the winery several times over the years, and generally a good experience. But if you are looking for a warm, cozy dinner on a cold winter evening, this is NOT the place, unless you consid...  more »
  • My family recently visited Wiederkehr Wine Cellars while traveling through the area. After having lunch we headed over to the Wine Cellars. We got to taste 3 wines free. If you would like to taste mor...  more »
  • I had to show my wife this place I visited long ago. High point was the lunch at Wiederkehr restaurant. Prices reasonable: Some entrees are $9.96, We each chose the Swiss sausage platter at $12.98 eac...  more »
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  • We've been to Weinkeller several times over the last couple of years. The food and service have always been good. This time around, both were beyond outstanding! Our steaks were tender and packed with flavor; we were so pleased to have a good steak close to home. We can't say enough nice things about our waiter this time as well. Blake was personable, prompt and very knowledgeable. We left wondering why we had waited so long between visits. We won't wait so long next time! Thanks for a wonderful date night, Weinkeller!
  • I came to Wiederkehr wine in 2011 and had a great time. I was pregnant at the time but they provided an alternative of grape juice during the taste testing. I also went on the tour and it was very comprehensive. I came today with my family and everything was run down. The tour was only about 5 minutes long, we didn't get a free cork like last time, and when we did the tasting I asked about an alternative for my kids and was told "water" by a very rude employee. After that I had had enough. I won't be purchasing any more Wiederkehr wine after this due to a very poor experience. It really put a bad taste in my mouth.
  • Wonderful ambiance, you transport yourself to Switzerland in Arkansas🙂 Good service, and exquisite food. I definitely will come back, frequently ❤
  • I first went to this lovely restaurant at age 14. I am now 59. I continued going for the unique atmosphere and the Swiss onion soup. Was so disappointed tonight. The soup I loved so much was onion water with about 3 tiny shreds of cheese. I use to have to wrap the cheese around my spoon just to get a bite of soup. The wine tasting was a joke! Tablespoon of wine and a poor attitude . However the Quiche was Devine. The sides were really sad. Our waitress could not seem to get focused on our needs. We had to raise our hands for refills. Our special place is no longer special .
  • Went there for lunch and enjoyed it. We were seated promptly and the service was quick. The waitress was very nice and attentive. The only thing I didn't like was how dark the place was. We'd go back for sure.
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