Please Note: Maui Winery will no longer be offering wine tasting and bathrooms to any tour company after May. Between the small bathrooms and 4 tasting stations, they are unable to provide a wine tasting experience to tour company guests that properly represents the Tedeschi Winery mission of providing an enjoyable experience.
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. Be sure to sample Maui’s fine wines (be sure to take some home), hang out at the picnic area and explore the gift shop.
There could be no finer way to end our day than to include on our tour a stop at the lovely Rose Ranch, home of the Tedeschi Winery. Spreading “aloha” by offering complimentary tastings to everyone, (over 21 years of age), who comes by is just one more reason not to miss this little gem. The “King’s Cottage”, formerly the guest cottage for the King and his visitors to the ranch, is now a tasting room. King Kalakaua frequented the Rose Ranch and it was built specifically for him. He was a bit of a partier and liked to entertain his guests by hosting many a late night “‘ao ‘ao” (party) and poker games, while serving the finest libations, especially champagnes (of course!).
During it’s early days, the Rose Ranch produced starchy foods like potatoes and corn and shipped them to California to feed the multitude of miners who had come for the Gold Rush. Then they switched to sugar production because of a sugar mill located in Ulupalakua so they took advantage of it. The sugar mill closed in 1883 and it was then that Rose Ranch became a working cattle ranch.
Throughout Rose Ranch the history of the area is tastefully displayed, with pride, all over the property in the form of photos, paintings and other types of art and architecture. 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 born with the planting of it’s first grape vines, back in 1974. About this time it became obvious to the owners that there was an abundance of other tropical fruit, especially pineapples, readily available on Maui. Inspired, they tried their luck at creating a pineapple wine, the first of which became Maui Blanc. Today it’s a wildly successful winery, known for it’s unique tropical flavors and, of course, it’s location. After all, it is situated in one of the most remote spots on earth!