Messina Hof Grapevine
A Texas wine pioneer and one of the region’s most decorated wineries in national and international wine competitions, Messina Hof takes up residence on historic Main Street this fall in the reconstructed 1891 Wallis Hotel building. CEO Paul Bonarrigo VII, whose parents Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo founded the Bryan winery in 1977, says Grapevine long has been in the Messina Hof expansion dreams. “We’ve been looking for the chance to be in downtown Grapevine, that culture, and everything lined up just right. Our goal fits in well with Grapevine’s; we both honor heritage but offer innovative ideas in hospitality.” Leasing the building from the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, which formerly occupied the spot, the Bonarrigos are sorting through contractor bids and coordinating with the local historical society. Plans for Messina Hof Grapevine include a wine bar, tasting room, retail space and private event venue. Fans will enjoy 2014 Messina Hof releases in the wine bar; Bonarrigo says that like its newish facility in Fredericksburg, the Grapevine wine bar and tasting room will offer premium wines not available elsewhere and local restaurants will be contracted to offer food at winery events. Spending as much time as they do in Grapevine, Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo plan to buy a home in the area. One Liberty Park Plaza, Grapevine; messinahof.com.