GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (August 1, 2014) - Grapevine, headquarters of the Texas Wine Industry, will welcome Messina Hof's new urban winery to the city's urban wine trail offerings. Messina Hof, the most awarded winery in Texas, and Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate made the announcement at Messina Hof's Moonlit Harvest Event in Bryan, Texas on Friday, August 1.

"We are thrilled to be opening an urban winery in Grapevine," said Paul M. Bonarrigo, chief executive officer, Messina Hof Winery. "This new Grapevine winery will allow us to have a presence in the most dynamic wine center in Texas."

The urban winery will be located in the Wallis Hotel at the corner of Main and Texas Streets in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine and is expected to open in late 2014. The urban winery joins a collection of wineries and tasting rooms throughout the city of Grapevine.

In a community steeped in tradition, Messina Hof Winery holds its own with a 200-year history of award-winning wines. Although the winery itself was officially established when with the first vintage release in 1983, the rich wine heritage of Winemaker Paul Bonarrigo dates back six generations to Messina, Sicily. Merrill Bonarrigo's family originates from Hof, Germany. Together they have pioneered the Texas wine industry in creating premium wines of distinction and a landmark wine country destination.

Today, Paul VII, Paul and Merrill's son, and his wife, Karen, work side-by-side at Messina Hof continuing the legacy of world-class wines and hospitality, while also creating new frontiers. In 2012, Paul VII became CEO of Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc. and Karen assumed the role of Director of Administration. The company has moved the brand into new markets, producing over 50,000 cases of wine a year. Messina Hof has locations in Bryan/College Station and Fredericksburg, Texas and hosts a variety of events, including an annual, public Harvest Festival.

About Messina Hof
Messina Hof Winery & Resort was established in 1977 in Bryan, Texas and is a leader in the establishment of the Texas wine industry. A family-owned business based on the three cornerstones of family, tradition and romance, Messina Hof is dedicated to producing award-winning wines and offering a tourism destination focused on the best in hospitality, food and customer service. Visit Messina Hof at, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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