Texas’ most awarded winery, Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc. (Messina Hof), has officially opened its fourth location at the agricultural-based farm community of Harvest Green, established by famed Houston-based Johnson Development Corp. in Richmond, Texas. Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen is set to be the Greater Houston area’s largest winery.
A reflection of the modern evolution of Messina Hof’s winery concepts, Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen features an expansive tasting room and 83-foot wine bar, full-service restaurant, covered patio, two private tasting rooms, in addition to a wine production and barrel room and wine warehouse.
“The expansion of our business with the addition of Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen is a continuation of our vision to innovate and grow Texas wine,” said Messina Hof Chief Executive Officer and Winemaker, Paul M. Bonarrigo. “We look forward to inviting new guests and familiar faces alike into our doors and to our tables to experience our top-notch hospitality, innovative Vineyard Cuisine™ and signature Texas wine.”
Messina Hof will continue its dedication to wine and culinary education through the use of Harvest Green’s local neighborhood farm, creating fresh and intriguing menu items. Messina Hof’s notable Vineyard CuisineTM, a concept that incorporates Messina Hof’s wine with locally harvested herbs and vegetables into each dish, will be served at the Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen. Guests will be able to enjoy new, inventive creations like Petite Sirah Poached Pear Salad, Pork Chop with Fig Agrodulce, and Seasonal Bread Pudding. Fresh-baked Neapolitan-style pizzas will be made in a showstopping, oversized Mugnaini Wood Fired Pizza Oven, offering guests the heartfelt Italian style of cooking and entertaining.
Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen will become Messina Hof’s second largest facility complete with onsite vineyards and wine processing. The new location will also house all direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping operations for the company.
“There couldn’t be a more perfect marriage between a master-planned community and winery,” said Jerry Ulke, Harvest Green General Manager. “With our onsite farm and vineyard, Harvest Green is an ideal choice for this newest Messina Hof venture. They are a very welcome addition, and their beautiful winery and exquisite wines will greatly enhance our resident lifestyle.”
Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen is the culmination of a multi-year project crafted by owners Paul M. Bonarrigo and Karen Bonarrigo, and it is the most elaborate winery expansion in Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc.’s 43-year history.
To commemorate the grand opening of Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen, Messina Hof recently partnered with Houston-based VISION Production Group to create Texas’ first augmented reality (AR) wine labels. The labels featured on three of Messina Hof’s latest wines – Abounding (Dry Red Blend), Vitality (Dry White Blend) and Emblaze (Sweet Red Wine) – bring to life core themes in its winemaking process to offer customers a one-of-a-kind AR experience.
Throughout February, Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen will be operating in a soft opening phase with special hours and hosting multiple exclusive events for the Harvest Green community and Messina Hof VIP members & Wine Club members, during which times services may be limited. The Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen tasting room and restaurant will be open: Monday & Tuesday 4 pm – 9 pm, Wednesday & Thursday 11 am – 9 pm, Friday 11 am – 10 pm, Saturday 10 am – 10 pm and Sunday 10 am – 8 pm. Regular restaurant and tasting hours will begin after the Grand Opening in late February.
The addition of Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen has brought close to 100 new jobs to the Houston area. Day-to-day operations at Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen are led by General Manager Michael Miller, Assistant General Manager Emma Evans, and Executive Chef Corey Bowers.
To continue to keep its guests and staff safe, the Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen team asks that reservations be made in advance by calling (346) 292-9463. Messina Hof will also continue to closely adhere to state and local guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bonarrigo family broke ground on Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen in January 2020. The project construction was directed by Houston-based Crain Group, LLC.
For more information about Messina Hof and its four Texas winery locations, visit www.MessinaHof.com or follow on social at @messina_hof on Instagram, @messina_hof on Twitter or @messinahof on Facebook.
ABOUT MESSINA HOF
Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc. 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, the Messina Hof Grapevine Winery and the Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen outside of Houston are dedicated to producing premier, award-winning wines and offering tourism destinations based on tradition, romance and family.