Spreading “Aloha” by offering wine tastings to everyone, (over 21 years of age), who comes by is just one more reason to not miss this little gem in upcountry Maui.
The “King’s Cottage” was formerly the guest cottage for the King and his visitors to the ranch and is today’s tasting room. In 1874 King Kalakaua brought his wife Kapi’olani to Rose Ranch. They enjoyed their stay so much they became frequent visitors. The cottage was built specifically for him. He was known for his enjoyment of entertainment and gambling and he hosted many a late night “‘ao ‘ao” (party) and poker games while serving the finest libations, especially champagnes.
Captain Makee had a flair for entertainment also and would announce the arrival of the King by firing a cannon from his property. The cannon can be seen today on the grounds under centuries-old trees that Kalakaua would have also seen himself.
The history of Rose Ranch is tastefully displayed all over the property in the form of photos, paintings and other types of art and artifacts. The vine-covered sugar mill, the lava rock dairy (now the bottling room), and the old plantation jail are all utilized today.
MauiWine was born with the planting of its first grape vines back in 1974. It was obvious this endeavor of growing wine grapes would take time so wines made from other readily available tropical fruit, especially pineapples, might work. Inspired, they tried their luck at creating a pineapple wine, the first of which became Maui Blanc. Today these wonderful wines, known for its unique tropical flavors, are shipped worldwide from this beautiful and open upcountry location!