Our Story – Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch

Maui’s Winery is the Valley Isle’s sole commerical winery boasting a varied selection of wines including sparkling, pineapple, grape and our coveted raspberry dessert wine. With hard work, attention to detail and the pursuit of excellence, Maui’s Winery continues to be a successful and thriving agricultural business and popular visitor destination. We believe that it is our duty to be stewards of our land by producing a wine that reflects the distinctiveness of Maui.

The story of Maui’s Winery is a great story of sustainability. In 1974, in collaboration with Californian Emil Tedeschi, Ulupalakua Ranch began growing grapes, remaining true to the area’s agricultural heritage. While waiting for the grapes to mature, they decided to develop a sparkling wine made from the plentiful pineapples on Maui. A scant amount of this wine was produced, but the public response to the wine was so positive that it was decided to pursue the endeavor of making a still pineapple wine. Three years later, Tedeschi Vineyards released a Maui Blanc pineapple wine from local fruit. In 1984, after years of labor and development, the first grape product was released: Maui Brut Sparkling.

Over the years, Maui’s Winery enjoyed a successful partnership with Maui Pineapple Company, obtaining juice from their pineapple operations. After Maui Pine sold its production assets to Hali‘imaile Pineapple Company in 2009, the winery was able to buy the juicing equipment and bring it to Ulupalakua. Pineapple juice is now crushed from delicious Maui Gold Fresh pineapples right here at the winery, resulting in less waste in the field and an even more flavorful and ever-popular pineapple wines.

Look down the slopes as you approach Ulupalakua, and you will see the flourishing vines of Tedeschi Vineyards. Here, carnelian, syrah, chenin blanc, chardonnay, malbec and viognier thrive at an 1,800-foot elevation in Haleakala’s rich, volcanic soil—the secret ingredient of successful winemaking in the tropics.

Without the dormant season of a typical viticulture area, the vineyard relies on the amazing soil and a long growing season to produce grapes that showcase our regional characteristics: fresh, floral, tropical fruits and warm spices.

Maui’s Winery has continued to develop its vineyard and line of regional quality wines and merchandise and to expand its distribution beyond Hawai‘i shores. As the region evolves, the winery and its people maintain their commitment to Ulupalakua’s agriculture heritage, while carrying forward the tradition of gracious hospitality which was instilled in the days of Rose Ranch. With every harvest, these ancient roots are strengthened for the future.

Our Story – Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch

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