Sagrantino Triumphs in Texas and Beyond by Paul Vincent Bonarrigo, Co-Founder of Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc. Sagrantino, “the Sacred Wine” is indigenous to Montefalco in the central Italian region of Umbria. For centuries, it was produced as a passito, which is harvested and placed on straw mats until the grapes dehydrate. Then the grapes […]
Die back on a baby vine: how the vinetender protects the new growth with a grow tube. The vinetender must remove rootstock growth in order to focus the Vines energy in the development of the grafted vine on top.
Native Landscapes of Messina Hof Estates and the Vineyard District The Vineyard District is located near the highest point of Brazos County in the ETJ of Bryan, Texas. It is rich with native plant life, wildflowers, and natural buffers. Native to our area are oaks, evergreen yaupon, Huisache and cedar, mesquite and dewberry vines. To […]
What an unexpected early Christmas present we received. White Christmas in the vines is unique in Brazos County. The Vineyard District received 3-5 inches of snow on December 7th. The glistening white blanket added a serene quiet to the countryside.
Joy Pottery Across the street from Messina Hof Winery is Joy Pottery. It is the home of artist Rachel Norris and her featured potters. Not only can you buy beautiful clay creations, but you can take lessons or join us for a weekly Tuesday noon bible study which is open to all. “Joy Pottery is […]
Sitting on the patio of our motel room at the Spyglass Inn in Pismo, California, I look beyond the blooming Bougainvillea to the pacific horizon…
When you’re in the neighborhood in the summer, stop by Bob Norris’ Farm to Market Stand. It is open 10am-6pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday on the honor system. The stand is located on Austin Estates Drive just around the corner from Messina Hof Winery. To contact Bob, call (979) 739-0797.
Tomatoes are special in so many ways. They are – a staple fruit/veggie in our diets suitable for our area. – easy to process for storage as marinara sauce, tomato juice, dried tomatoes, tomato soup, etc. All can be frozen for use later. – easy to grow & a great way to get young children […]
Enjoy small moments together… Paul and I just harvested our potatoes. They were all sizes. It was so much fun and easy to do. The small marble sized ones are great just thrown into the frying pan over medium heat. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper until just tender. They are delicious and you […]