BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - What started as an experimental vineyard has blossomed into a leader in the Texas wine industry.
"Paul and Merrill started Messina Hof in 1977 the first year they were married. They were pioneers back in the day and still are, so to be able to see where the industry has grown from is very exciting," said Karen Bonarrigo, Director of Administration at Messina Hof.
Messina Hof is celebrating their 40th anniversary.
Paul and Merrill's daughter-in-law, Karen Bonarrigo, says a love for wine making is in their blood.
"Bonarrigos have been making wine in Sicily for 200 years, so making wine has always been a part of the family tradition," said Bonarrigo.
Messina Hof continues to be a family run business.
Paul and Merrill's son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren are keeping the tradition going.
"It's a lot of hard work any family business is a labor of love," said Bonarrigo.
Hitting a milestone is also a time to reflect on where things all began.
Their hope is to keep celebrating milestones for years to come.
Messina Hof is selling 40th Anniversary wines featuring an exclusive label honoring their original design.