Tedeschi Winery in Maui
Hawaii’s oldest winery is set on the rolling slopes of Haleakala in Ulupalakua. Sample Maui’s fine wines, picnic area and gift shop.
Now, why would you want to travel all the way to Maui and not take a tour with us? We love taking our visiting guests on tour so much we offer this tour 365 days a year! Don’t miss a chance to let us take you on our fabulous road to Hana tour which stops at the famous Tedeschi Winery.
The Tedeschi Winery at Rose Ranch offers complimentary tastings to everyone, (over 21 years of age), who stops by. The tastings are experienced in the King’s Cottage, located on the front lawn, which was the guest cottage for visitors to the Rose Ranch. A frequent guest of the cottage, built specifically for him, was King Kalakaua. He entertained his guests by hosting parties and poker games while serving the finest champagnes.
In the early years the Rose Ranch grew potatoes and corn for the California gold rush, and later transitioned into sugar production by planting sugar cane. The sugar mill in Ulupalakua closed in 1883 and the ranch then became a working cattle ranch.
All over the property you can see the history of the area, from the vine covered sugar mill, the lava rock dairy, now a fermentation plant for the winery, and even the old plantation jail, now used as a private wine tasting room.
In 1974 the Tedeschi winery was started with the planting of the first grape vines. The owners saw that there was an abundance of other tropical fruit, especially pineapples, available on the island and so they decided to develop a pineapple wine, the first of which became Maui Blanc.
The taste of Maui, and the regional fruit of choice, is definitely the pineapple. Like the Napa Valley in California is known for it’s grapes and subsequent award winning wines, here in Hawaii we have our Maui Gold pineapples and with them we make a lot of things, including tropically inspired wines.
Every great dish needs a fine, complimentary wine to go with it and the Tedeschi Winery has several superb choices to satisfy any palatte. A Maui tour is not complete without a taste of something you have probably never tried before. Some of the wine is not made from grapes, but from our Maui Gold Pineapples. These fine wines can be sampled at the Tedeschi tasting cottage. One of our last stops on the Maui tour is to stop by this historical treasure for some wine tasting.
Hula 0′Maui – Sparkling Wine
This Maui wine was featured on Emeril’s cooking show, and for good reason. It’s perfect with seafood or even a great substitute for champagne at brunch. It boasts, in addition to pineapples, a hint of grapefruit, green pear and zest of lime.
Maui Blanc – Emil Tedeschi’s First Pineapple Wine
Created by Emil Tedeschi, a veteran winemaker both in California and Hawaii, the Pineapple Wine. A magical combination of white peach, ripe mango and sweet pineapple mixed together produces a divine concoction, described as a “silky texture” by the winery. Enjoy this pineapple wine with a spicy meal of Indian or Thai food.
This wine is filled with all our favorites: pineapple, peaches, mango and passion fruit. It is an aperitif wine that is great for sunset picnics on the beach.
Maui Winery Tour
A full tour of the winery is available at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm to educate and inspire your taste buds. Since Valley Isle Excursion arrives later in the day, after a full day of touring in Hana, we just don’t have the time to do more than explore the area around the King’s cottage tasting room, and take a taste – of course! Coming back up to explore Kula and do a Maui winery tour is something that you can use that rental car for… tomorrow.