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Paul V Bonarrigo and wife Merrill founded Messina Hof Winery & Resort in 1977 in Bryan, Texas, time during which they helped pioneer the wine industry of Texas.

A sixth-generation winemaker, Paul’s passion for wine stems from a family rich in winemaking traditions. His family has been making wines since the 1800s in Messina, Sicily. Paul continued his family’s tradition by founding Messina Hof in 1977 with Merrill. Messina Hof has won numerous awards of excellence for its wines in regional, national and international competitions. After 37 years it continues to be one of the most awarded wineries in Texas.


In 2013, Paul and Merrill earned a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association. Paul has served as chairman of the Texas Wine Industry Development Advisory Committee and fulfilled three terms as president of the organization. He has been a featured speaker at the Wineries Unlimited Conference, Unified Symposium, TWGGA Conference and Southwest Food Expo among others.


Today Paul and Merrill travel domestically and abroad, serving as brand ambassadors for Messina Hof. Son Paul M Bonarrigo became CEO in 2012, serving alongside his wife Karen.
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