Messina Hof Winery Wins at 38th Lone Star International Wine Competition

Messina Hof Winery, with an urban wine tasting room in  Historic Grapevine, Texas, earned three prestigious awards at the 38th Lone Star International Wine  Competition (LSIWC) held on October 6 – 7 in Grapevine, Texas. LSIWC is the oldest and most  prestigious wine competition in Texas.  

Messina Hof won awards in the below categories:  

• Grand Star – Gewurztraminer Private Reserve, 2019 

• Best in Texas White, Gewurztraminer – Gewurztraminer Private Reserve, 2019 • Bronze – Blushing Angel label, new vintage 

“Our Messina Hof Private Reserve Gewürztraminer 2019 is a stunning off-dry white with beautiful  aromatics, refreshing acidity, and wonderful balance,” said Karen Bonarrigo, Chief Administrative  Officer of Messina Hof Wine Cellars. “It is a unique varietal that we have enjoyed working with in the  Texas High Plains AVA for many years, and we feel it is one of the most dynamic white wines that Texas  produces.” 

Messina Hof recently launched Blushing Angel, a “Heavenly Sweet” Riesling-based rosé whose label  won the Bronze award.  

“The label is a modification of the blue bottle Angel product with an emphasis on frosted glass,  mimicking clouds, and the pink color of the wine is displayed through the bottle,” Bonarrigo said. This  product is a line extension of their popular Angel product, a dessert-style Late Harvest Riesling. 

This year’s competition featured more than 800 unique wine entries from 115 unique companies  competing in four categories: Texas Wine, International Wine, Limited Production and Wine Label.  

Messina Hof, with an urban wine tasting room in Grapevine, Texas, has a long history of award-winning  wines. Although the winery itself was officially established when with the first vintage release in 1983,  the rich wine heritage of Winemaker Paul Bonarrigo dates back six generations to Messina, Sicily. Merrill  Bonarrigo’s family originates from Hof, Germany. Together they have pioneered the Texas wine industry  in creating premium wines of distinction and a landmark wine country destination.  

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. Messina Hof has locations in Bryan/College Station and Fredericksburg, Texas and hosts a variety of events, including  an annual, public Harvest Festival 


Messina Hof is a leader in the establishment of the Texas wine industry and one the fastest-growing and  most award-winning wineries in the state. Established in Texas in 1977, the rich winemaking heritage of  the Bonarrigo family dates back six generations to Messina, Sicily. The Messina Hof Winery & Resort®  in Bryan, the Messina Hof Hill Country Winery and Manor Haus in Fredericksburg and the Messina Hof  

Grapevine Winery are dedicated to producing premier, award-winning wines and offering tourism  destinations based on tradition, romance and family. Visit Messina Hof at for more  information. 

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