Messina Hof employees earn awards

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX)- Thirty-two Messina Hof employees across all three Messina Hof Winery locations were recently recognized with awards from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust WSET®.

WSET® is the world's largest provider of courses and qualifications in wine, spirits and sake. Messina Hof’s employee participation ensures a better consumer experience by providing skilled, devoted staff.

“Wine education has always been a passion for Messina Hof and offering the WSET® program was a perfect fit for our employees,” said Messina Hof Chief Executive Officer Paul Mitchell Bonarrigo. “We’re committed to our employees and furthering education.”

100 percent of participating employees passed their selected course with six of WSET Level 2 participants passing with Distinction and six passing with Merit.

Passed with Distinction:
Karen Bonarrigo
Paul Mitchell Bonarrigo
Zach David
Gary Lapuyade
Allison Sheardy
Jolee Snell

Passed with Merit:
Caitlin Barnes
Joshua Cole
Mason Crowson
Michael Darin
Mandy Graham
Melissa Turney


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 and follow at @Messina_Hof.