Messina Hof Winery and Resort, one of the fastest growing and award-winning wineries in Texas, recently announced its winning wines for the 9th consecutive year in the 2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) Wine Competition. The 9th annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition was held on November 12-13, 2011 at Reliant Center. Wine entries included 2,454 wines from 736 wineries in Texas, across the United States and around the world. Medals were awarded by a panel of judges consisting of local and national wine experts. Messina Hof Winery received the most medals with a total of 20 overall awards, including Texas Class Champion Double Gold for Messina Hof’s Solera, Texas, 2004. For the 2011 wine competition, Messina Hof wines raised more than $100,000 in the HLSR Wine Auction. In the past nine years of participation, Messina Hof has won more than 100 awards and the wines have raised more than $400,000 for the HLSR. Messina Hof received 26 percent of the 60 awards given to Texas wines, entered by 22 Texas wineries. “Messina Hof is honored to be recognized as the most awarded Texas winery for fifth time,” said Paul Bonarrigo, wine-maker and co-founder of Messina Hof Winery & Resort. “The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition is a great wine competition, and we are pleased to have had another amazing showing, cementing our status as a leader in the wine industry. These awards are a true testament to the high quality of wines we produce.” Messina Hof’s portfolio of HLSR awarded wines: Double Gold Messina Hof Solera 2004 Texas – Top Texas Wine Messina Hof Solera 2004 Texas – Class Champion and Texas Class Champion Gold Messina Hof Private Reserve Cabernet Franc 2009 Texas – Class Champion and Texas Class Champion Messina Hof Barrel Reserve Merlot 2010 Texas – Texas Class Champion Messina Hof Private Reserve Port Messina Hof Vineyard 2007 Texas – Texas Class Champion Silver Messina Hof Cabernet Franc Cedar Crest Vineyard 2009 Texoma – Texas Reserve Class Champion and Reserve Class Campion Messina Hof Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Texas – Texas Class Champion Messina Hof Barrel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Texas – Texas Class Champion Messina Hof Chenin Blanc 2010 Texas – Texas Class Champion Messina Hof Private Reserve Merlot 2009 Texas – Texas Class Champion Messina Hof Merlot Single Vineyard Rea Gae 2009 Texas High Plains – Texas Reserve Class Champion Messina Hof Merrill’s Vineyard Pinot Noir Private Reserve 2010 Texas High Plains – Texas Class Champion Messina Hof Cedar Crest Private Reserve Shiraz 2009 Texoma – Texas Class Champion Messina Hof Father and Son Riesling 2010 Texas – Class Champion and Texas Class Champion Bronze Messina Hof Paulo 2009 Texas Messina Hof Private Reserve Chardonnay 2010 Texas Messina Hof Primitivo, Cerro Santo 2010 Texas High Plains Messina Hof Riesling Angel 2010 Texas Messina Hof Ebony Ports of Call Texas Non-Vintage Messina Hof Single Vineyard Zinfandel Bell Brothers, Merrill’s Vineyard 2009 Texas High Plains Messina Hof Merrill’s Vineyard Muscat Canelli 2010 Texas High Plains All Champion wines will be auctioned at the Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction and Dinner held on March 3, 2012 at 6 p.m. in the Reliant Center, 600 series meeting rooms. The 2011 Grand Champion was sold for $210,000. For the complete list of winning wines, go to http://www.rodeohouston.com. About Messina Hof Winery and Resort Messina Hof Winery and Resort was established in 1977 by Co-Founders Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo. Messina Hof was founded on family values, romance and tradition. Messina Hof is the leader in the establishment of the Texas wine industry and ranks as one of the fastest growing, most award-winning wineries in the state. Five-time winner of the “Top Texas Wine” at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Messina Hof wines are handcrafted at the winery, located in Bryan, Texas. In 2011 Messina Hof was recognized as “Best of Herd” winery, or best Texas winery, and “Best of Class” at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition. Messina Hof Winery and Resort boast on their 100 acre property the Vintage House Restaurant, origin of Vineyard Cuisine, the Villa, which was voted “Most Romantic Bed and Breakfast in the USA” and the Wine Master’s Room Wine Bar, voted best wine by the glass in the Brazos Valley. In 2011, Messina Hof was named “Texas Grand Star Champion” at the Lone Star International Wine Competition. For more information on Messina Hof Winery and Resort, please visit http://www.MessinaHof.com. Find us on: Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn. About the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo The 2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs February 28 through March 18, 2010. The HLSR is a Section 501 (c) (3) charitable event, committed to benefiting youth, supporting education and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since the HLSR began in 1932, more than $220 million in scholarships, research, endowments, and other educational and youth programs have been contributed. For more information on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, please visit http://www.rodeohouston.com.