Messina Hof, one of the fastest growing and most award-winning winery and resorts in Texas, is expanding into the Texas Hill Country with the purchase of a second Messina Hof Winery and Resort location, announced Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo, co-founders of Messina Hof Winery & Resort in Bryan, Texas.
On Saturday, January 22, 2011, at a special VIP reception, Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo unveiled the site of the new 10 acre resort being built in Gillespie County. The new resort will mirror the 33-year old namesake in Bryan, Texas, while incorporating a Hill Country feel. Like the original, the resort will have a vineyard for grape growing as well as feature a bed and breakfast, wine bar, retail shop and conference facilities.
The Bonarrigos, ever conscious of their impact on the Texas environment, have included sustainable and energy efficient designs in their plans. The new resort will utilize solar energy, sustainable agri-practices, and will use water collected from the roof to water the landscape. The resort will further contribute to the Hill Country with the employment of at least ten workers within the first year of business.
“The new location combines 33 years of wine making and hospitality experience with the most award-winning wines. Our presence and expansion in the Hill Country region reflects our commitment to remaining a leader in the growing Texas Wine industry as well our passion for spreading our award-winning brand to wine coinsures throughout the state,” said Paul Bonarrigo.
The original Messina Hof location was established in Bryan, Texas in 1977 by Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo. Now a landmark of the Texas wine industry, the winery is expanding to better serve the loyal customers in the Texas Hill Country. The storied history of Messina Hof is filled with numerous accolades and achievements including being named four time winner of Texas Best Winery at the Texas Livestock Show and Rodeo, “Best of Herd” Winery at the San Antonio Rodeo International Winery Competition, and “One of the USA’s Finest Winery Experiences” by Bon Appétit.
The addition of the new Hill Country property is the first phase of an aggressive five year expansion plan. An official Grand Opening is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2011, with further developments to follow. For more details about Messina Hof Winery and Resort please visit www.MessinaHof.com.