Fine Wines and Fine Art

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A Perfect Pairing
Author: Barb Brueggeman

There is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to advice on the best wine pairings: a bold Cabernet Sauvignon with filet mignon; Chenin Blanc with raw clams and oysters; Pinot Noir with duck. When it comes to wine and art, the Show-Me State has the best pairings.

The choices are legion at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau. Whether your taste runs to visual arts, performing arts or public arts, they have you covered. Their galleries feature the work of local talent and the Visual Arts Cooperative. When you’ve browsed to your heart’s content, adjourn 12 miles north of Cape to Hunter Valley Winery for some refreshment: choose a glass of your favorite – and perhaps a picnic basket – and stroll through the winery’s Beyond the Pedestal sculpture park.

Variety is the spice of life and Hannibal invites you to explore the work of amazing artisans specializing in everything from photography to carpentry at Fresh Ayers and regional work in painting, pottery, jewelry and fiber at the Alliance Art Gallery. It’s not fair to let your eyes have all the fun, so take a break between art stops and let your taste buds come out and play at Cave Hollow West Winery – it’s part of the Mark Twain Cave Complex. Exclusive to this location are the Mark Twain Reserve semi-dry red and An Innocent Broad, a sweet white.

Some people think Missouri wine is an art form all its own. If you’re one of them, pair the beauty of nature along the Big Muddy with fabulous foods and decadent wine tasting with a trip on the Hermann Wine Trail. Between Hermann and New Haven, seven wineries have formed a 'wine trail' to hold special events.

The more than 9,000 objects in the Springfield Art Museum's permanent collection represent nearly all media, so you’re sure to find much to delight the soul. Although their primary focus is American art, the Museum collection contains items from a variety of European, Asian and the American cultures. Carry that international inspiration over to your winery choice with OOVVDA Winery, three miles north of I-44. The third and fourth generation wine makers trace their roots to 1189 Norway. Their Cayuga white is a perfect choice after a visit to the museum.

“Unique” is an often-overused adjective, but nothing else will do to describe the National Silk Art Museum in Weston. This small town boasts the world’s largest collection of woven silk tapestries which span the 15th through 20th centuries. These timeless works of art are considered to be the most beautiful tapestries in existence. Continue your unique art adventure into the circa 1867 German Lutheran Church that houses Pirtle Winery. Although they offer a variety of grape and fruit wines, Pirtle is known for their mead – a wine made from honey and thought to be the oldest fermented beverage on Earth.

You can combine the art and the grape in one visit if you stop in at The Vine Wine Bar and Art Gallery in Osage Beach, which blends elegant dining, fine wines and a vibrant gallery of fine art from many regional artists.

Perhaps you have a perfect pairing of your own. We’d love to hear about your favorite wineries and art venues. Visit our VisitMO Facebook page and give us your choices.

PLEASE NOTE: It is against Missouri law to carry any outside beverages of any kind onto a winery’s property – leave your beer, wine (from other sources), soda and other beverages in the car.


  Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri was founded in 1961 by local metal-smith, Otto F. Dingeldein. ...

  Hunter Valley Winery
Enjoy free wine tasting from dry reds and whites all the way to dessert wines. Indoor and outdoor seating, ...

  Cave Hollow West Winery
Hannibal's first winery, opened in 2011, is in the Mark Twain Cave Complex, two miles south of town. ...

  Springfield Art Museum
What might you see at the Springfield Art Museum? With a collection that includes more than 10,000 objects ...

  OOVVDA Winery
Third and fourth generation wine makers whose roots go to 1189 Norway, OOVVDA (Overboe's Own Viking ...

  National Silk Art Museum
The museum is truly a one-of-a-kind. It is located in the former Bank of Weston building. The museum ...

  Pirtle Winery
Pirtle Winery started in 1978. Our tasting room and gift shop are housed in a circa 1867 German Lutheran ...

  The Vine Wine Bar and Art Gallery
The Vine offers elegant dining and a carefully selected list of fine wines. We have a v vibrant gallery ...