If you’re looking for a romantic European theme in your Texas winery visits, you have to stop at Messina Hof Winery. With a blend of Italian and German styles to the buildings’ architecture, you’ll feel like you’ve found that restful respite from the hectic Houston work week. With a blend of two family heritages, Sicilian and German, they have brought an excellent style of winemaking to Texas since the winery was first established in 1977 by Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo. The Bonarrigos were part of the early vineyard agriculture pioneers in Texas during the late 1970’s. They helped pioneer and played an important role in establishing the Texas wine industry. As Texas’s first and likely the only winery in Texas to have a proprietary bottle, you’ll surely find something that you’ll like in their vast wine collection. If you’re doing a tasting, you’ll have some choices of “Flights” and you can’t go wrong with their standard dry and semi dry whites or red wines. Their dessert and sparkling wines can be quite addictive. If you want to take it up a notch, the private reserve flights are worth the extra tasting fees. Go for the single vineyard reserve wines as you compare the same grape with different estates to distinguish nuances of terroir. If you’ve been around the wine rack a few times, then make sure to taste the Paulo signature series. The Paulo wines put the “Q” in quality and “P” in premium wines. You just can’t go wrong with any selection. Ask about taking a look at their library collection of wines. You might find some 1980s vintages that you’ll want to show off to friends and add to your own wine cellar. If you don’t walk out of this place without at least a case of wine, then you’re not finished with wine tasting. Try another flight or two. Afterwards, feel free to dine at their Vintage House Restaurant. You’ll enjoy fine food paired with your Messina Hof wine as you enjoy the estate vineyard view. The Villa at Messina Hof is also a great place to spend a romantic weekend get-a-way. The Villa is located on the estate next to the winery. With so much to offer at this estate, why would you want to leave??? Stop by for a relaxing visit and stay for a while to sample and enjoy all they have to offer.