Messina Hof Winery and Resort Hosts 31st Annual Harvest Celebration

Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:53pm EDT

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BRYAN, Texas--(Business Wire)--
Messina Hof, the fastest growing award-winning winery and resort
in Texas, is celebrating their Harvest from July 18 to August 17,
2008, announced Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo, co-founders of Messina Hof
Winery & Resort in Bryan, Texas.

   Harvest is a time when guests can experience the century-old
tradition of making wine by picking and stomping of the grapes. Wine
lovers, including special guests and local celebrities, will roll up
their sleeves and pants and partake in the first phase of wine making
with the Messina Hof Family.

   After guests hand-pick the grapes straight from the vine, the fun
of squashing begins. Not only will they get their feet wet, they will
be rewarded for their hard work with a Harvest Cuisine Dinner prepared
by the award-winning culinary team of Messina Hof's The Vintage House

   "Harvest is our favorite time of year here at Messina Hof Winery,"
said Paul Bonarrigo. "It gives us a chance to share our love of making
award-winning wine with people who not only love wine, but love having
a good time!"

   The second annual Moonlit Harvest will be an enchanted evening not
to be forgotten. The romantic evening will kick off the first
harvesting of the grapes as guests pick grapes from the vineyards,
then stomp them under a beautiful sunset on Friday, July 18, 2008.
Guests also receive a Messina Hof Harvest souvenir t-shirt to imprint
with their purple feet after stomping. After the grapes have been
crushed, they will enjoy a multiple-course special dinner at The
Vintage House Restaurant.

   Harvest is an exciting five-week celebration featuring a wide
variety of food and wine events including the Moonlit Harvest,
Harvest, Harvest Murder Mystery Dinners, and the Harvest Vintner's
Dinner each weekend.

   Harvest events in chronological order:

   Moonlit Harvest

   Friday, July 18, 2008

   The second annual "Moonlit Harvest" includes picking and stomping
the grapes, a souvenir t-shirt, and a Vineyard Cuisine dinner at The
Vintage House for $69.95 plus tax and gratuity.

   Harvest Daytime

   Saturday, July 19, 2008 - Sunday, August 17, 2008 (Saturday and
Sunday only)

        Option 1: All day activities: including picking, stomping, t-
         shirt, lunch, food and wine pairing seminar
        8 a.m.
        Cost - $69.95 plus tax and gratuity on Saturdays
                  $59.95 plus tax and gratuity on Sundays
        Option 2: Picking, stomping plus t-shirt
        8 a.m.
        Cost - $39.95 plus tax and gratuity
        Option 3: Picking, stomping and lunch
        8 a.m.
        Cost - $39.95 plus tax and gratuity
        Option 4: Food and wine pairing seminar
        1:30 p.m.
        Cost - $19.95 plus tax and gratuity
        Extra t-shirt: $19.95 plus tax

   Murder Mystery Dinners

   Saturday, July 19, 2008 - Saturday, August 15, 2008

   All Murder Mystery Dinners begin at 6:30 PM and cost $69.95 plus
tax and gratuity.

   Mystery Dinner theme's are as follows:

   July 19 - "Pirate Murder Mystery"

   July 26 - "Celebrity Celebrations"

   August 2 - "Storm Survivors"

   August 9 - "Case of the Missing Matchmaker"

   August 15 - "Murder on the Mound"

   Harvest Vintner's Dinners

   Friday, July 25, 2008 - Saturday, August 16, 2008

   All Vintners' Dinners begin at 6:30 PM. Cost of the dinners range
from $69.95 to $125 plus tax and gratuity.

   Harvest Vintner's Dinner's are as follows:

   July 25 - French Chateau Wines

   August 1 - Beringer Wines

   August 8 - Terlato Wines

   August 16 - Grand Finale - Italian Wines

   Messina Hof Winery is located at 4545 Old Reliance Rd. in Bryan,

   For more information or to register to be a part of this
unforgettable experience, please call (800) 736-9463 ext. 34.

   To choose your Harvest Festival package now, please visit

   For information or reservations for the Villa Bed & Breakfast at
Messina Hof, please call (800) 736-9463 ext. 22.

   Special thanks to our sponsors: Life in the, Tops
Printing, The Houston Chronicle, Clear Channel Outdoor, George Bush
Presidential Library and Museum, Bryan-College Station Convention and
Visitors Bureau, and Coufal-Prater.

   About Messina Hof Winery and Resort

   Messina Hof Winery and Resort was established in 1977 by
Co-Founders Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo. Messina Hof was founded on
family values, romance and tradition. Messina Hof is the leader in the
establishment of the Texas wine industry and ranks as one of the
fastest growing, most award-winning wineries in the state.

   Four time winner of the "Top Texas Wine" at the Houston Livestock
Show and Rodeo and winner of the "Best in Show" at the 2008 San
Antonio International Wine Competition, Messina Hof wines are
handcrafted at the winery, located in Bryan, Texas. Messina Hof Winery
and Resort also boast on their 100 acre property the Vintage House
Restaurant, origin of Vineyard Cuisine, the Villa, which was voted
"Most Romantic Bed and Breakfast in the USA" and the Wine Master's
Room Wine Bar, voted best wine by the glass in the Brazos Valley.

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