Tedeschi Winery in Maui
Hawaii’s oldest, most famous winery is a true find. Located on the rolling slopes of Haleakala in Ulupalakua, it’s quaint ambiance and impressive wine menu is much appreciated after a long day on the road. Sample Maui’s fine wines, picnic area and gift shop.
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The Tedeschi Winery at Rose Ranch offers complimentary tastings to everyone, (over 21 years of age), who stops by. Located on the front lawn, the tastings are experienced in the King’s Cottage, which was the guest cottage for visitors to the ranch. King Kalakaua was a frequent “guest”, so it was built specifically for him. He liked to entertain his guests by hosting late night parties and poker games, while serving the finest champagnes (of course!).
Early on, the Rose Ranch provided potatoes and corn for the miners of the California Gold Rush, and later switched to sugar production by planting sugar cane. The sugar mill in Ulupalakua closed in 1883 and the ranch then became a working cattle ranch.
The history of the area is evident and tastefully displayed, with pride, all over the property. The vine-covered sugar mill, the lava rock dairy (now a fermentation plant for the winery), and even the old plantation jail is now used as a private wine tasting room.
The Tedeschi Winery was created with the planting of it’s first grape vines in 1974. The owners realized that there was an abundance of other tropical fruit, especially pineapples, readily available on Maui, so they tried their luck at creating a pineapple wine, the first of which became Maui Blanc. Today it’s a successfully run winery situated in one of the most remote spots on earth!