I’ve blogged before about how much I love the city of Grapevine here in North Texas. If you’ve never been to the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex the cities and towns that surround those two cities just sort of flow into each other. I have the pleasure of living in a neighboring city to Grapevine so Downtown Grapevine is quite close to my home and I frequent it often.
About Messina Hof
Messina Hof is a leader in the establishment of the Texas wine industry and one of 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.
Last summer I had the privilege to be a guest at the Messina Hof Moonlight Harvest Festival. It was a super fun evening which concluded with a fantastic meal and the announcement that Messina Hof was opening a winery location in the old Wallis Hotel in Downtown Grapevine.
And now that time is here! So last week I took a trip to “The Christmas Capital of Texas” to see Messina Hof’s new digs with a tour from CEO Paul Bonariggo VII.
Messina Hof Grapevine at the Wallis Hotel has a beautiful balcony where you can look down Main Street. It’s a spectacular view of downtown.
• Messina Hof Grapevine features 2,000 gallons of wine production space.
• A wine bar with nine wines on tap and light and gourmet food options.
• Flights and a relaxing atmosphere with a window into the production area.
• Event space for up to 200 people upstairs and capacity of from 60 to 80 people downstairs.
• Gift Shop where you can purchase award winning wines and food offerings made with the wines.
• Hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 am – 9 pm and Friday and Saturday 10 am – 10 pm.
Wine on Tap
Wine on tap is now a social and cultural phenomenon for distribution of wine. Instead of distributing via the bottle, wine is housed in hermetically sealed, high-grade, rust resistant and stainless steel kegs.
After the barreling stage, the wine is transferred into the kegs holding about 26 bottles of wine each (or 130 glasses). It is pushed through the keg by gases such as nitrogen or argon, further providing a blanket over the wine and protecting it from oxidation.
There’s no loss of quality by storing in kegs and it guarantees that the ever glass poured is the same freshness and quality.
Using the tap system, Messina Hof Grapevine will keep approximately 6,500 empty bottles out of landfills annually. Subtract the need for corks, foils and printed labels -you’ve got red and white, going green 🙂
The Messina Hof family will be celebrating the grand opening of Messina Hof Grapevine – one of the first urban wineries in Texas – at a VIP reception and ribbon cutting ceremony at the reconstructed historic Wallis Hotel on January 13.
Messina Hof Grapevine is located at the Wallis Hotel at 201 South Main Street, Grapevine, Texas 76051.