Cynthiana grapes; photo by Glenn Harper on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).
Arkansas designated the Cynthiana grape (Vitis aestivalis) as the official state grape in 2009.
The north central part of Arkansas has a rich heritage of vineyards and wineries. Approximately 150 commercial wineries have operated in Arkansas since 1870; as of 2009, seven wineries continue this tradition. Acknowledging this unique part of our state’s history, the General Assembly of 2009 adopted the Cynthiana as Arkansas’s official state grape.