Bryan-based Messina Hof Winery is expected to break ground next month on its first winery in the Houston metro area, with completion expected in August or September 2020. 

Messina Hof CEO Paul M. Bonarrigo said Friday afternoon that the new winery and kitchen, Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery, will be located in the Harvest Green community, a 1,300-acre Johnson Development agriculture-focused neighborhood located about 28 miles west of downtown Houston and 90 miles southeast of Bryan. 

Bonarrigo expected construction to begin in the next month. He said the farm-to-table ethos of Harvest Green aligned with Messina Hof’s vision and mission. 

“We’ve been looking for a location near Houston for some time,” Bonarrigo said. “It’s a fit with the Harvest Green community, and the Houston area is a large portion of our customer base. We get a lot of out-of-town visitors that come from Houston to Bryan, and they’ve been excited about us opening a location closer to home for them.” 

Messina Hof was founded in 1977 and is considered a leader in the Texas wine industry. The winery opened its Messina Hof Hill Country Winery in Fredericksburg in 2011, and Messina Hof Grapevine Winery opened in 2014. 

The Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery will include a tasting room and wine bar, and an open kitchen restaurant that will seat about 130 guests. A 2,600-square-foot covered patio will allow for larger events.

Bonarrigo said Messina Hof made about 220,000 gallons of wine in 2019. Harvest season went longer than usual this year, he added, running from early July through late October. 

The Harvest Green location likely will expand Messina Hof’s statewide impact, and Bonarrigo expressed gratitude for the local support his family’s business has received over the past four decades.

“We feel a deep community support that we’ve had in Bryan-College Station since we opened 40 years ago,” he said. “This new location gives us an opportunity to spread the good word about Messina Hof and tell the story about this community here. It’s an exciting time.

The forthcoming Harvest Green location has a website and a Facebook page. To learn more, visit www.messinahof.com/pages/general/harvest-green.

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