Made in Hawaii / Maui’s Winery at ‘Ulupalakua Ranch
The story of the Valley Isle’s sole commercial winery is one of sustainability.
In 1974, Maui’s Winery, in collaboration with ‘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 was so positive that growers decided to pursue the endeavor of making a still pineapple wine.
But how does their wine compare to the wine of California or France, Italy or Spain?
“There is no comparison,” says Beth Anderson, executive assistant of Tedeschi Vineyards. “We’re the only winery that makes pineapple wine from fresh Maui Gold pineapples.”
Makes sense, but does wine really thrive in Hawaii?
“Growing grapes in a region not suited to normal viticulture growing conditions and making wine from pineapples [is a challenge],” says Anderson. “What makes us special is also what makes our business the most difficult. Although there are a few other wineries in the state, we are in an industry that doesn’t have the resources or professional support locally. We tend to be very creative and connect with resources around the world.”
I’m sold. Where can I find it on Oahu?
“Try the Liquor Collection at Ward Warehouse,” she says, and I do, and I’ll be back again next week.