Thousands attend Messina Hof's 33rd Wine and Roses celebration

More than 3,000 guests attended Messina Hof's 33rd annual Wine and Roses event on Saturday.

Located at the Messina Hof estate, the one-day festival celebrates the budding of the vines and the blooming of the roses.

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Messina Hof Founders Paul Vincent and Merrill Bonarrigo began the festival 33 years ago, originally calling it Spring Fest.

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Along with the name change, the Wine and Roses festival has evolved throughout the years adding more activities and features. A few recent additions include a steak dinner crafted by Messina Hof's Vintage House Chef and an interactive art class by local Bryan-College Station business, The Purple Turtle Art Studio

Guests this weekend were treated to music, wine tasting, food, local vendors and artisans, pairing classes and the famous grape stomp competition.

A portion of the proceeds from Wine & Roses benefits the Brazos Valley Arts Council.

KBTX's Shel Winkley emceed the grape stomp competition, and News 3 employees Alex McCloud, Blakeley Galbraith and Carly Cassady were on a team that participated in the event.

The Wine & Roses Half Marathon and 5K race was held Sunday morning.

The History of Messina Hof

Founders of Messina Hof, Paul & Merrill Bonarrigo, married and settled in Bryan, Texas and together would re-introduce the concept of winemaking in Texas. The Bonarrigo family began making wine in the 1800s in Sicily. Paul & Merrill planted their first vineyard in 1977 and named it Messina Hof, after their family origins of Messina, Sicily and Hof, Germany. The Bonarrigos became pioneers of the Texas wine industry having established Messina Hof as the 4th winery in the state.

Today, their son, Paul Mitchell Bonarrrigo and his wife, Karen, continue the legacy of world-class wines and hospitality with the same founding principles of family, tradition and romance. Messina Hof remains a leader in the Texas wine industry, which now has over 350 registered wineries. The Messina Hof brand has also grown from producing only 1,300 gallons to now over 130,000 gallons per year with three location in Texas: Bryan, Fredericksburg, and Grapevine.