All About Blanc Du Bois


The wait is over… this week kicked off the start of the 2019 Harvest! On Thursday, our production crew began picking Blanc Du Bois, one of the three grapes grown on the Estate in Bryan, Texas.

In honor of this grape, we have put together a few facts for you to enjoy!

It’ll grab ahold of your senses. Open a bottle of this dry white and immediately be transported to a fresh and happy place. Messina Hof’s Blanc Du Bois emotes hints of citrus and grapefruit.

Created by John Mortensen at the University of Florida, Blanc Du Bois grapes were made from crossing native Florida grapes with European Vitis Vinifera grapes. This created a varietal that could withstand Pierce’s Disease.

If you’re ever drawing a blanc on which wine to pair with light dishes like salads, chicken or seafood, pick up Blanc Du Bois! The citrus acidity and clean finish creates the perfect pairing.

Blanc Du Bois really means ‘White Grape of the Wood’, yet it is in no way related to the woods. Instead, it is named after a Floridian winemaker named Emile DuBois!

Our 2018 Vintage Blanc du Bois has won several awards. In fact, just this year, it won the Texas Class Champion, Class Champion, and Gold Medal at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!

Blanc Du Bois can be found growing primarily in Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida.

Not only does Messina Hof use Blanc Du Bois from the Estate in Bryan, we also receive this varietal from Grandview Vineyards located in Richards, Texas.