Arkansas Viticultural Site Suitability

Authors: John Nowlin*, Arkansas State University
Topics: Wine, Beer, and Spirits, Agricultural Geography, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Arkansas, viticulture, model
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 32
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By comparison to states with high wine production like California, New York, Washington, or even North Carolina, the state of Arkansas is relatively unknown to the wine world. Certainly this is somewhat due to its low population and remoteness from large cities. However, the Natural State does have an established wine industry and seems otherwise generally suitable for viticulture. This paper will analyze the current formal wine regions of Arkansas, and model its viticultural suitability by mapping relevant climate indices, soil properties, and topographic characteristics.

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