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New survey open to gauge consumer awareness, use of Arkansas-made wines

2022 wine consumer survey open until April 30

March 25, 2022

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts

  • Arkansas Quality Wine program follow-up survey
  • Survey link will remain open until April 30

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Quality Wine program is rolling out a follow-up to its 2021 survey to help gauge consumer awareness and consumption of commercially produced, Arkansas-made wine.

The Arkansas Quality Wine program’s first survey came out in spring of 2021, and the 2022 edition is meant to build on the information participants provided a year earlier.

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YOUR OPINION COUNTS — A new survey from the Arkansas Quality Wine Program seeks to evaluate Arkansans' knowledge of wine. The survey is expected to take less than 15 minutes to complete, and will be open until April 30. (Image courtesy AQW.)

The survey may be found here: The survey will remain open until April 30, 2022.

AQW was established in 2020 as a two-year program to help advance the Arkansas grape and wine industry. It was funded by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. It is led by Renee Threlfall, a research scientist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.

Of the 273 participants who took the survey in 2021:

  • 80 percent have visited Arkansas wineries,
  • 53 percent thought it important to purchase locally made wines,
  • 49 percent thought Arkansas wineries produce quality wines,
  • 91 percent preferred to purchase wines made with Arkansas-grown grapes, and
  • 81 percent had purchased Arkansas wines.

“Last year’s survey enabled us to set a baseline to help us understand consumer attitudes and buying habits for wines made in Arkansas,” Threlfall said. “This year, we want to see if there are any changes in consumer attitudes and we encourage anyone who took the survey last year to take this year’s survey.”

The survey is part of the research done by Amanda Fleming, a graduate student in the food science department.

“This year, we hope to have the same number of survey responses as 2021, or much more!” she said. “Not only does the survey benefit the grape and wine industry and wine consumers, but they are also a rich source of information for my research.”

Participation is voluntary and not compensated. Those who do complete the survey may choose to enter a random drawing for gift cards valued between $10 and $100. Winners will be contacted by email.

To learn more about the AQW program, visit or

Research information
This request for participation in research has been approved by the University of Arkansas Institutional Review Board. For questions about this survey, please contact: Renee Threlfall, Food Science Department, UA System, 479-575-4677 or

To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: Follow on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture, visit Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk. To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit

About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

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Media contact: Mary Hightower