Paul Bonarrigo – Messina Hof Winery and Resort

Sep 27, 2010   |   Wine Experts  

Paul Bonarrigo of Messina Hof Winery and Resort

Paul Bonarrigo is a fascinating individual who came to Bryan, Texas to open the St. Joseph Hospital Physical Therapy department in 1971.  He then opened his Sports and Back Clinic in 1976 as well as the Messina Hof Winery and Resort with his wife, Merrill, in 1977.
As the owner and winemaker of Messina Hof Winery and Resort, he is responsible for overseeing and operating one of the fastest growing wineries in Texas, which hosts a winery, gift shop and tasting room, wine bar, as well as The Villa, a luxurious bed and breakfast and The Vintage House restaurant.   He is the most awarded winemaker in Texas and produces more different wines than most other wineries in the world.   He is responsible for such wine industry innovations as Thermoflash fermentation of Pinot Noir and production of Port without the addition of Brandy.
Messina Hof released its first vintage in 1983, however the rich wine heritage of Winemaker Paul Bonarrigo dates back seven generations to Messina, Sicily.  Paul is the sixth generation winemaker and their son, Paul Mitchell Bonarrigo, will be the seventh generation winemaker in the family history and the second generation winemaker in Texas. The Bonarrigo family is pioneering the Texas Wine Industry in creating premium wines of distinction and a landmark wine country destination.

Paul Bonarrigo is a fascinating individual who came to Bryan, Texas to open the St. Joseph Hospital Physical Therapy department in 1971.  He then opened his Sports and Back Clinic in 1976 as well as the Messina Hof Winery and Resort with his wife, Merrill, in 1977.
As the owner and winemaker of Messina Hof Winery and Resort, he is responsible for overseeing and operating one of the fastest growing wineries in Texas, which hosts a winery, gift shop and tasting room, wine bar, as well as The Villa, a luxurious bed and breakfast and The Vintage House restaurant.   He is the most awarded winemaker in Texas and produces more different wines than most other wineries in the world.   He is responsible for such wine industry innovations as Thermoflash fermentation of Pinot Noir and production of Port without the addition of Brandy.
Messina Hof released its first vintage in 1983, however the rich wine heritage of Winemaker Paul Bonarrigo dates back seven generations to Messina, Sicily.  Paul is the sixth generation winemaker and their son, Paul Mitchell Bonarrigo, will be the seventh generation winemaker in the family history and the second generation winemaker in Texas. The Bonarrigo family is pioneering the Texas Wine Industry in creating premium wines of distinction and a landmark wine country destination.