Messina Hof Winery and Resort, one of the fastest growing and award-winning wineries in Texas, recently announced its winning wines for the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was held on January 3rd-5th in San Francisco, CA. Wine entries included 5,500 wines from across the United States, making it the largest competition of American Wines in the world for the ninth consecutive year. Medals were awarded by a panel of 65 judges consisting of local and national wine experts.

Messina Hof Winery received seven medals at the competition, including a gold medal for Messina Hof’s Cream Sherry Solera. Four silver medals and two bronze medals were also brought back home to Texas, representing the Lone Star State well. Messina Hof’s awards placed them in the top 10% of all wineries entering the competition.

“Messina Hof is honored to be taking home seven medals from the competition. We are proud to have made a great name for Texas,” said Paul Bonarrigo, winemaker and co-founder of Messina Hof Winery & Resort. “The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the most prestigious competition in the US, 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 SFCWC awarded wines:


Messina Hof Cream Sherry Solera


Messina Hof Texas High Plains Mistella Late Harvest Moscato 2011

Messina Hof Texas Port NV

Messina Hof Texas Paulo 2009

Messina Hof Primitivo 2010


Messina Hof Texas High Plains Muscat 2010

Messina Hof Texas High Plains Riesling 2010

All top-winning wines will be available for a public tasting on February 18th 2012 from 2-5pm, at the Festival Pavilion in the Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA. Messina Hof’s gold-winning wine, Cream Sherry Solera, will be available to taste at the event.

For the complete list of winning wines, go to