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In the early 1900s, Arkansas enjoyed abundant vineyards, mostly of CONCORD grapes, a native American variety of the VITIS LABRUSCA species. Unfortunately, wines from these grapes don't have the popular appeal of VITIS VINIFERA species (the basic European varieties like CABERNET SAUVIGNON and CHARDONNAY). Today, Arkansas winemaking is mostly from HYBRIDS and vitis vinifera grapes. The state has about 5,000 acres of vineyards producing a variety of STILL WINES (including Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay) as well as SPARKLING WINES. The Wiederkehr Winery, which was started in the late 1800s, is in operation today by the founder's descendants. It has shifted from American varieties and hybrids to grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, RIESLING, and MUSCAT. Post Winery and Mount Bethel are other wineries in the state.

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