Missouri Date Night: Art Museums and Wineries

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museums , art (fine art) , Art and History , wine , winery / vineyard
Wine and art are a perfect pairing in the Show-Me State.
Author: Stephen Foutes
Wine and art are a perfect pairing in the Show-Me State.

Strolling hand in hand through Missouri’s art museums gives you time to admire the person you’re with as well as the talented people who created the masterpieces adorning the museum.


You’ll also learn to appreciate the artisans who craft Missouri wines, and enjoy a sample or two, at popular and award-winning wineries and wine bars.


If a day at the art museum and an evening sipping wine sounds like a great date night, here are some ideas to consider for your wine-and-art pairing.


The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and KC Wineworks in Kansas City: The Nelson-Atkins is lauded as one of the top art museums in the U.S. – it was No. 1 on Yelp’s ranking list of art museums in 2015 – and this institution is a beautiful showplace for art from around the world. KC Wineworks is relatively new to the Missouri wine scene and has plenty of space for enjoying handcrafted wines. It’s located in the Crossroads Arts District, home to more than 100 art studios.

The Saint Louis Art Museum and Villa Antonio Winery in Hillsboro: Permanent and traveling exhibitions are part of the experience at Saint Louis Art Museum, which has collections from American Indian, Asian and European cultures. Take the hour drive south to Villa Antonio Winery where the beautiful views include a picturesque lake and rows of grapes growing in the vineyard.

Missouri’s Capitol in Jefferson City and Canterbury Hill Winery and Restaurant in Holts Summit: Missouri’s Capitol may not come to mind when you think of art museums, but it more than qualifies. With magnificent sculptures adorning the exterior and a series of murals on the interior, there is much beauty to appreciate. North of Jefferson City, perched atop a bluff that offers a great view of the Capitol, is Canterbury Hill Winery. Grab a spot on the patio, maybe near one of the fire pits if it’s a cool evening, and savor house-label creations such as Noble Norton and Blue Mist.

Springfield Art Museum and OOVVDA Winery in Springfield: With an emphasis on American art, the Springfield Art Museum’s collection includes some 10,000 items, so the exhibitions in its 12 galleries frequently change. Works of art from Europe and Asia also are on display. About 10 minutes north of Springfield is OOVVDA Winery, which offers free sampling and has a variety of fruit wines to choose from, including Blackberry and Peach Melba.

Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum and Hunter Valley Winery in Cape Girardeau: The Crisp Museum includes an extensive collection of American Indian artifacts associated with inhabitants of southeast Missouri from roughly 13,500 B.C. to 1400 A.D. Hunter Valley’s wines, such as Luscious Strawberry, are crafted on-site and the property includes outdoor seating on a deck overlooking a two-acre lake.

These are just a few of the many ideas for creating an art-and-wine pairing in Missouri. Keep searching
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  Saint Louis Art Museum
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  Villa Antonio Winery
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  OOVVDA Winery
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