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Taste of


TEXAS wine


Hof Winery & Resort


Messina PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH CHELF


missions, in hopes that the vines would prosper. In the late 1800s, Texan T.V. Munson believed that Texas rootstock could save a troubled French viticulture industry. T e introduction of Texas rootstock did, in fact, save the French industry at that time. In the 1970s, a group of agricultural pioneers believed that quality wine grapes could grow in Texas. Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo were part of


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the early Texas agricultural group that developed the Texas wine industry into what it is today. Paul grew up in the Bronx, New


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he Texas wine industry was born in 1560, when Spaniards brought vines from Europe and planted them at Texas


Messina Hof is home to the Vintage House Restaurant, Villa Bed & Breakfast, Winemaster’s Wine Bar, and Vineyard Cuisine style of cooking, which consists of the use of wine in all of the sauces and marinades, as well as the use of fresh herbs and vegetables grown seasonally in their own estate garden.


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