After a busy day of exploring the island of Maui, the perfect way to relax is a visit to Maui Wine, a beautiful vineyard and winery located in Kula. On the slopes of a dormant volcano, the property displays stunning tropical scenery partnered with a rich history. As the only place in the islands of Hawaii to make sparkling wine Maui Wine treats guests to a unique and original flavor with every sip of their beverages. At an elevation ranging from 1,700 feet to 1,850 feet, the land that the vineyard and winery rest on has been a lasting piece of Hawaiian history going back hundreds of years.
Dating back far into Hawaiian history, the land on which Maui Wine rests has held many purposes. From 1835 to 1883, during the plantation era, this land was used to grow crops. From there, the property was home to various farm animals during the ranching era of the island until 1974. And that is when the land was purchased by C. Pardee Erdman, wine lover and agriculture expert.
Erdman turned the land into the vineyard and winery that it is today. Though Maui Wine is known for many of its wines, perhaps the most well known is the pineapple sparkling wine. In the early years of the business, while waiting for grapes to mature enough for harvest, pineapples were used to make a sparkling wine.
Erdman never could have imagined the success and popularity of the drink, but now its become a staple of Maui Wine. Initially the carnelian grape was used because of its diversity in wine making, however today the property grows a total of six types of grapes : syrah, malbec, grenache, chenin blanc, viognier and gewurzt raminer. The property has grown immensely since it was originally purchased, with a huge milestone in the business coming when the Maui Brut Blanc de Noir was served at the inauguration of President Reagan. From a piece of land to a globally distributed product, Maui Wine has made its mark on Maui.
Nestled on 23 cares of land, Maui Wine welcomes guests with opportunities for shopping for some of the finest wines, tours and tasting options. Offering the Kinds Cottage Tasting Room as well as the Estate Tasting Room, visitors are served a variety of wines straight from the source, like the Maui Blanc, a pineapple still wine, which was introduced back in 1977. The property also hosts many events through out the year, as well as hosting tours for guests through process of harvesting the grapes all the way to bottling the product.
Reservations can be made online, and the company’s website also offers online shopping for wines, housewares and provisions as well. A walk through the winery boutique may be dangerous! With so many delicious wine varieties available as well as souvenirs to take home. Maui wine offers anyone with the desire to expand their pallet wine by glass, tasting flights and wine cocktails as well. The absolute must while visiting is tasting the pineapple sparkling wine, made from Maui Gold pineapples!
From the years of historical uses of the land, to the very lawn where King Kalakaua re-embraced the traditions of hula, to the Rose Ranch Estate buildings that have been refitted to be used for wine making, Maui Wine holds a rich and expansive story in the heart of Maui and Hawaii alike. Whether visiting for a tour, a tasting, or simply to purchase a couple bottles of delectable wines, visitors are guaranteed to leave with a smile! And the fun doesn’t have to end when leaving the property, as Maui Wine offers multiple Wine Club options, so the island inspired wines can be delivered straight to home! Go Rent A Car Maui has vans, trucks, suv’s and sedans for a trek to Maui Wine to purchase the famous pineapples wines!