Messina Hof Winery is excited to host its 2018 41st annual Harvest Festival at both the Bryan and Fredericksburg locations. In Bryan, the Harvest celebrations begin July 27th and run each weekend through August 18th. Messina Hof Hill Country in Fredericksburg will host events the weekend of August 24th.
The long-time harvest festival tradition honors the bounty of the vineyard, dating back to Messina, Sicily. The practice was revived at Messina Hof Winery in Bryan by a group of Texas A&M students who offered their assistance in harvesting Messina Hof’s vineyard. Today Messina Hof continues the legacy with a month-long festival.
Guests can celebrate the season with unique experiences including grape picking and stomping, wine tasting classes, specialty dinners, and their Vineyard Cuisine dining. Each Daytime Harvest event kicks off with an inside look at the Texas wine industry led by CEO and Winemaker Paul M. Bonarrigo. Messina Hof’s Harvest events include:
- Daytime Harvest activities with grape picking and stomping at Messina Hof Estate Winery and Messina Hof Hill Country
- Specialty dinners including Murder Mystery Dinners, a wine blending competition, and dinner in the vineyard
- Interactive classes with wine glass painting along with wine and food pairings
On Friday, July 27th, Messina Hof will kick off the weeks long celebration with the Moonlit Harvest featuring the Blessing of the Vines, followed by an evening of grape picking and stomping in the Messina Hof Estate Vineyard. Dinner will feature a vineyard cuisine buffet with a wide selection of complimentary wines for guests to enjoy.
Guests can then enjoy Saturday and Sunday daytime harvest events each weekend, as well as themed dinners ranging from “Who Killed the Winemaker” murder mystery dinner and Harvest Cellar Dinner and Tour to “Dinner in Rio,” a Brazilian themed dinner party with wine pairings. Things finish at the Estate Vineyard on August 18th with the Grand Finale Gala and Harvest Moon dinner. Attending guests will also have the privilege of having the first taste of new releases. At that time, Messina Hof will officially be announcing the winner of The Texas Artist Wine Label Competition that was voted on at the Wine & Roses Festival in April.
Events vary by location. More information can be found at www.messiahof.com/harvest.
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