Looking for that perfect wine pairing to enjoy with your dinner? Keels Creek Winery in Eureka Springs, Arkansas has a large selection of both red and white wines made with local grapes. In their 2000 square-foot facility, Keels Creek has the largest selection of Arkansas wines in the State. Located just 3 miles from the city limits of Eureka Springs in the hills of Keels Creek, make your way to the beautiful 5 acres of land to see what Keels Creek Winery has to offer.
Keels Creek Winery began production back in 2006. They currently harvest about ten tons of grapes and make 2000 cases of wine each year. Co-owners Doug Hausler and Edwige Denyszyn only use Arkansas grown grapes and fruits for their wine which is processed at the winery right here in Eureka Springs. Their mission is to remain a boutique style winery focusing on local grapes from Keels Creek vineyards and also other local vineyards in the area. Keels Creek supports two local vineyards, Lynn Gay’s in Hindsville and Joe Bishop’s in Lowell. They purchase fruit from Vanzant Farms in Lowell and Friend’s Farm in Harrison to collectively average 25+ tons of grapes and fruit each year.
Keels Creek vineyards contain eight varieties of grapes. Red grapes include Chambourcin, Frontenac, Coro Noir, Noiret and Cabernet Franc. White grape varieties are Vidal, Vignoles and Chardonel. If you enjoy a sweet white wine, Keels Creek’s Melange is a semi-sweet blend of Vidal, Vignoles, Cayuga and Seyval. One of their sweet blush wines is their Viva Eureka which is a blend of Vivant grapes and Chambourcin. For red wine drinkers, there is the Keels Creek Signature Red, a combination of Chambourcin Synthiana blend in American Oak. Other red wines include the Chambourcin Reserve, Big C Port Wine, Franc’N Zin and the Keels Creek Cynthiana. Back in July, Keels Creek made a special fruit wine simply named Blue made from local blueberries. Other fruity wines include their Just Peachy wine which is infused with Ginger and Cinnamon and their sweet dessert Pear wine.
When visiting the vineyard, you will walk up to a Spanish-style building with an enclosed patio and decorated with furniture made from old wine barrels. The winery tasting room shares a building with the Keels Creek Art Gallery. The gallery represents 30 local and regional artists. The space is perfect for relaxing and sipping wine by its two stone fireplaces. The tasting room and art gallery are open daily. From May through November it is open from 11:00am to 6:00pm and December through April from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. They are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Not only does their wine taste amazing, it is also award-winning. In 2012, Keels Creek Winery competed in the 6th Annual Mid-American Win Competition in Ankeny, Iowa and brought home 2 bronze medals. The Chambourcin Reserve has currently won 14 awards over the years. Their wine isn’t the only thing winning awards, so are their unique wine labels. The Keels Creek Chardonel with its art by Carolyn Mock has received a Silver Medal.
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Photo courtesy of Jim Bahn