This week it has been fairly well documented that I went on an stupid-awesome date with my man to College Station. I told you I was going to recap my winery experience on Tuesday now it it Thursday, awesome. Whatever this post is about wine I think you can forgive me.
Messina Hoff is one of the main wineries in the State of Texas. They have vineyards in all parts of the state to create their vast array of wines. The family who owns the vineyards, the Bonarrigo family, moved to Bryan/College Station for work in a hospital but eventually found their passion and family heritage as wine makers! (More info here)
There are two parts to the tour, a tour of the vineyard and a tasting! Before you go on the tour you have the option of grabbing a glass from the wine bar and taking it with you... ya know for the full effect!
The vineyard is absoultely stunning! It is very early in the spring season but in just a few short weeks those branches will be bursting with buds just waiting to produce the wine that will be filling out glasses in 5+ years. Actually that is really crazy to think about... I will be almost 30 when this wine will fill my glass. One moment please while I finish hyperventilating.
Ok I'm back.
On the second part of the vineyard tour we were shown the bottling and corking process.Believe it or not ALL of the over 1 million bottles of wine this vineyard produces are bottled and corked using this machine.
Ahhhh now on to the REAL GOOD stuff the third part of the tour... tasting. What I took away from this part of the tour was that their are actual reasons for smelling, swishing and clucking your wine. I mean I do it to look fancy, but now I am glad to know I have some justifications.
Danny, our tour guide, aka my favorite person for 2 hours on Saturday (obviously because he gave me wine) took us through a tasting of 4 different --wines 2 whites and 2 reds (Messina Hof Wines)
Ultimately we had a blast learned a little and drank (and possibly purchased) lots of wine! It truly was the perfect way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon!
Messina Hof is located in Bryan, TX. Their services include tours, tastings, a 15 room bed and breakfast, a restrurant, wine bar and gift/wine shop as well as special events all year round. For more information about the vineyard visit their website: Messina Hof.