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Family-owned Messina Hof Winery of Bryan, Texas, will open an urban winery in Grapevine, the company announced Aug. 1. The new winery will be located in the Wallis Hotel at the corner of Main and Texas streets in Historic Downtown Grapevine and is expected to open in late 2014. Messina Hof joins a collection of wineries and tasting rooms throughout the city of Grapevine.

“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.” Established in 1977 in Bryan, Messina Hof Winery & Resort has a 200-year history of award-winning wines. Although the winery itself was officially established with the first vintage release in 1983, the wine-making heritage dates back six generations to Messina, Sicily. Merrill Bonarrigo’s family originates from Hof, Germany. 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 more than 50,000 cases of wine a year. Messina Hof has locations in Bryan/College Station and Fredericksburg, Texas.

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