Although craft beer garners a ton of attention here these days, Kansas City has a rich grape growing and winemaking history that dates to the 19th century. In fact, by the 1870s, Missouri and Kansas together constituted the second-largest grape-growing and winemaking region in the U.S., just behind California.\r\n\r\nProhibition almost destroyed wine production in the Midwest. Thanks to a dedicated group of vintners, however, Kansas City has returned to her pre-Prohibition number of wineries, alongside a healthy mix of vibrant wine bars, wine-driven restaurants and diverse bottle shops.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re seeing a lot of interest in natural wines, and orange wines are finding their way onto a lot of wine lists,\u201d says Ryan Sciara, owner of Underdog Wine Company, a local wine shop. \u201cOrange wines have always been in our store, but we\u2019re making a point to call them out on our shelf tag and not segregate them from other wines, lest people think there\u2019s something strange about them.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith such variety of offerings, it\u2019s no surprise that Kansas City locals are particularly knowledgeable and adventurous when it comes to wine. Here\u2019s your guide to navigating Kansas City\u2019s diverse wine-scape.\r\n\r\n\r\nWine Bars\r\n\u00c7a Va\r\nExposed brick walls, tin-tiled ceilings and hardwood floors will transport you to the quaint bistros of Paris at \u00c7a Va, a bar with around 60 sparkling wines available, a collection of 40 bottles from bubbly\u2019s spiritual homeland of Champagne. On warmer days, enjoy bubbles on the sun-drenched back patio alongside bites that includes caviar, a charcuterie board, pomme frites and beef tartare. Don\u2019t miss the build-your-own mimosa bar during Sunday brunch.\r\nTannin Wine Bar & Kitchen\r\nAlthough technically a restaurant, Tannin is known around town primarily as a wine bar. This is due to its extensive, rotating by-the-glass list, with seasonal themes like Riesling & Ros\u00e9, as well as a selection of other sparkling, white and red wines, including several natural wines. There\u2019s also a 22-page menu of wines and Champagnes by the bottle. Located in the heart of Kansas City\u2019s Crossroads Arts District, Tannin is within walking distance of art galleries and boutiques.\r\nSomerset Wine and Cider Bar\r\nAfter they spent nearly 20 years running an 8,000-vine winery in nearby Paola, Kansas, a 25-minute drive from Kansas City, husband and wife team Dennis & Cindy Reynolds opened this urban micro-winery in the Martin City neighborhood. In addition to more space for wine production, they craft their Lucky Dog hard cider here. There\u2019s live music every weekend to enjoy with a tasting bar featuring a collection of dry and semi-sweet white and red wines.\r\n\r\n\r\nWine Shops\r\nUnderdog Wine Co.\r\nIf you\u2019re a fan of family-owned, small-production wines, Underdog Wine Co. is the place to shop. With two locations in the Crestwood and Union Hill neighborhoods, this family-run operation samples and selects the more than 400 bottles available for purchase. The team there is determined to offer the best value for your buck. Underdog offers Thirsty Thursdays wine tastings from 5 to 6:30 pm, and audacious sippers should take advantage of their \u201c6 for $60\u201d promotion\u2014six pre-selected wines from around the globe for $60. Offerings rotate monthly. \r\nCellar Rat Wine Merchants\r\nLocated a few blocks from Tannin Wine Bar, Cellar Rat Wine Merchants boasts a selection of more than 1,000 wines, 300 spirits and 200 beers, as well as artisan cheeses, cured meats, olive oils and chocolates. The team also prides themselves on wine education, with tastings held throughout the month, as well as classes on topics like \u201cRos\u00e9s from Around the World\u201d and \u201cThe Wines of New Zealand.\u201d Don\u2019t miss its \u201cFamous $100 Case\u201d deal that features 12 handpicked, high-quality wines valued from $10 to $15 per bottle.\r\nGomer\u2019s Fine Wine and Spirits\r\nRooted in Kansas City since 1969 and with five locations across the metro area, Gomer\u2019s is the original bottle shop around these parts. Head to its Midtown location for the largest selection and a deep offering of aged Burgundy and German wines. Also in Midtown is a free monthly Wine 101 seminar that covers subjects like the difference between \u201cOld World\u201d and \u201cNew World\u201d wines, to food pairings and how wine should be served.\r\n\r\n\r\nLocal Wineries\r\nKC Wineworks\r\nKC Wineworks bills itself as the first full-scale production winery in the Crossroads Arts District. Part winery, part tasting room, it crafts its wine solely from Missouri-sourced grapes, producing a dry style of Midwest wine. Try bottlings that include Norton Nouveau or Cuv\u00e9e Blanc inside its swanky tasting room and bar while snacking on cheese, charcuterie boards and chocolates. During warmer months, check the menu for wine slushies. And if you\u2019ve had a little too much, just hop on the KC Streetcar that\u2019s just a few steps away.\r\nAmigoni Urban Winery\r\nLocated inside the Daily Drovers Telegram building constructed in 1909 in the lively West Bottoms neighborhood, Amigoni makes wines from traditional European grape varieties like Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay grown 60 miles away in Centerview, Missouri, as well as California\u2019s Central Valley. Sample five pours in its tasting room for $7, take in a winery tour or try a team-building blending class with hors d'oeuvres and a bottle of the winning blend to take home.\r\n\r\n\r\nRegional Wineries\r\nLess than an hour\u2019s drive from Kansas City are plenty of worthy wineries. Twenty minutes northwest of downtown, in Weston, Missouri, is the TerraVox Tasting Room and production facility for Vox Vineyards, which grows its grapes in Kansas City. Vox makes over 20 different Missouri wines from more than 40 different American Heritage grape varieties grown onsite.\r\n\r\nAlso in Weston is Pirtle Winery, a family-owned operation housed in a former Lutheran Evangelical Church built by German immigrants in 1867. In addition to wines made with locally-grown grapes, Pirtle also crafts fruit wines and mead.\r\n\r\nA 30-minute drive to Olathe, Kansas, brings you to KC Wine Co., where the team produces eight wines made from Missouri grapes, as well as traditional and spiced hard cider.\r\n\r\n\r\nRestaurants with Stellar Wine Lists\r\n\r\nRestaurants across Kansas City have upped their wine offerings as well. James Beard Award-winning Bluestem offers a diverse selection of Old World and New World wines by the bottle, as well as pours in three sizes of red, white and ros\u00e9 by the glass during happy hour.\r\n\r\nFind globally inspired shared plates at Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room, alongside a list of natural wines by the bottle, as well as red, white and sparkling wines. There\u2019s also live jazz in the Supper Club nightly, and a dedicated Champagne and caviar menu for two.\r\n\r\nJJ\u2019s Restaurant, in the Polsinelli Building just west of Country Club Plaza, has an 1,800-bottle list from around the world and 30 by-the-glass options. The Antler Room has one of the largest selections of orange wines and international natural wines in the city.\r\n\r\n\r\nOut and About Drinking Destinations \r\nLooking to enjoy your wine alfresco? Kansas City allows for open consumption in certain public areas of the city, as long as said areas are blocked off from vehicular traffic.\r\n\r\nThe most popular neighborhoods, spaces and events include the Power & Light District, First Friday's at both the Crossroads Arts District and the historic 18th and Vine District, and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The only catch is you can't bring your own outside drinks.\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, the annual Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in Southmoreland Park offers wine by the glass or the bottle to enjoy during performances. In the mood for something stronger than wine? Kansas City\u2019s distilling history has become a source of inspiration for some of the most unique cocktail bars in the country. The Monarch is a chic, whimsical bar with a thick, leather-bound cocktail menu inspired by the migratory patterns of the Monarch butterfly. Or, located in a back alley, try the 30-seat speakeasy Swordfish Tom\u2019s for pre-Prohibition era cocktails.