The Messina Hof legacy began 40 years ago, with an experimental vineyard and fifty varietals of grapes. Thousands of awards and a generation later, Messina Hof continues to be at the forefront of the Texas wine industry. Click here for interactive timeline
In 1977 neither Paul Vincent nor Merrill Bonarrigo anticipated becoming the power couple that would help pioneer a growing Texas wine industry. At that time, there were few commercial vineyards in Texas and the idea that it would become the 5th largest grape producing state was nothing short of a dream.
With the encouragement of a Texas A&M graduate student studying grape feasibility in Texas, Paul and Merrill planted Messina Hof’s first vineyard in Bryan, Texas. The one-acre experimental vineyard consisted of fifty varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc and Lenoir. Over the next few years the Bonarrigos dedicated themselves to the vineyard lifestyle practicing the tricks of the winemaking trade. In 1981, Messina Hof’s award-winning legacy unexpectedly began with a medal in the Texas State Fair for a Black Spanish-Cabernet blend. To the Bonarrigos, this was the first of many victories that reinforced their mantra of “anything is possible.”
Messina Hof is celebrating their 40th Year in Texas wine with several great events and wines. The full calendar is available HERE
The 33rd Annual Wine & Roses Festival – Bryan
APRIL 22 Come celebrate the budding of the vines and blooming of the roses! The Messina Hof estate will be buzzing with food vendors, local artisans, wine tasting, and the famous Messina Hof Grape Stomp Competition.
Symphony in the Park – Grapevine
APRIL 28 FREE EVENT! Come sit under the stars at Messina Hof Grapevine Winery and listen to the orchestra of the Texas Chamber Music Project.
Red, White and BBQ – Fredericksburg
MAY 27Come spend Memorial weekend at Messina Hof Hill Country.