Discovering Hawaii’s Wineries
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Ah, Hawaii…known for its lush green forests… big wave surfing…beautiful beaches… wine. Wait, wine? Yup! It may not be the first thing that you think of when you dream about Hawaii, but there are a few wineries here that can satisfy your craving for fermented grapes. Check out these wineries where you can pick up some native Hawaiian wine and take a tour.
As the only commercial winery on the island, MauiWine offers a variety of unique handcrafted wines. This winery’s story stretches back to the culture of Ulupalakua Ranch with roots of its history 150 years in the making. Nestled in the lush countryside, blossoming flowerbeds and trees welcome you to the winery that has its roots in the original Rose Ranch estate. Referred to as King’s Cottage, this is the mountain retreat where King Kal?kaua and Queen Kapi’olani spent their days of leisure. It’s this same sense of deep-rooted hospitality that makes MauiWine a must-see destination.
You have your choice of pineapple wines, such as Maui Splash, estate wines, such as Syrah 2012, and rose ranch wines, such as framboise. Come for a complimentary tasting between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the state of the art 18-foot bar, crafted from a single piece of solid mango wood. Tours of the estate, production area, and wine cellar are available a few times per day and take about a half hour.
Located on the Big Island, Volcano Winery offers wines inspired by volcanic fire, complemented by tropical fruits such as yellow guava and jaboticaba berry mixed with grapes. Capturing the essence of this Hawaiian paradise, the Volcano Winery embodies a sense of relaxation and calm. Open every day but Christmas, you can get a standard tasting for $5 here or a premium tasting for $8. In addition to traditional wines, you can get specialty offerings here such as Pinot Noir, Macadamia Nut Honey Wine, and Tea Wine Infusion. You can only get these wines here in the Hawaiian Islands, so you may want to bring home a bottle or two. At 4000 feet elevation, breathe in the light Hawaiian air as you admire Mauna Loa in the distance. You’ll find them at the 30-mile marker in Volcano right next to the golf course and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Signature wines include Volcano Red, Hawaiian Guava-Grape, Symphony Mele, and Volcano Blush. Limited and estate wines include 2013 Estate Cayuga White and 2012 Limited Edition Pinot Noir. Choose from grape, fruit and honey wines and get expert pairings for all your favorite foods. Pop in for a tasting any day between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Now that you know you can get tasty wines in Hawaii, be sure to visit a local vineyard here during your stay. If you’re looking for another way to pass the time, come see us on Oahu and take an eco-adventure tour with Hoku Hawaii Tours.