Winery on Maui
Take a drive to visit Maui’s only winery, upcountry on the slopes of the dormant Haleakala Volcano.
Continue past Kula down highway 37 as it narrows and begins to wind through ranchlands, with sweeping views of the ocean 2,000 feet below.
In the springtime, stunning jacaranda trees add a splash of purple blossoms to this scenic drive.
Nearing Ulupalakua Ranch, huge 100-year-old trees line the roadway.
There at Ulupalakua is Maui’s winery, also known as the Tedeschi Vineyards.
The winery began growing grapes in 1974 on the slopes of Haleakala in collaboration with Ulupalakua Ranch.
Visitors are invited to take a free optional walking tour of the grounds, narrated by the friendly winery staff, and the tours are about 30 minutes long. On the tour, you will learn about the winemaking process and how some of the original lava-rock ranch buildings are now being used as winemaking facilities.
Belly up to the 18-foot-long bar made from a single mango tree. Enjoy complimentary wine-tastings. Sample the fruit of the land transformed into a selection of traditional grape wines and sparkling wines. You can also try some more exotic pineapple wines –- made from locally grown and hand-picked Maui pineapples.
The winery gift shop offers their famous wines for sale, as well as a wide array of local merchandise, keepsakes, and clothing.
Step back in time when you walk across the street to the Ulupalakua Ranch Store. At this old style general store where you can find all kinds of things, including an array of lunch fare featuring fresh Maui Cattle Company beef and famous Ulupalakua elk burgers. The Tedeschi Winery is open every day from 9-4. The free tours are held daily at 9:30 and 1:30. The complimentary wine tasting is offered all day long between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Reservations are not required for a tour or wine tasting for less than 10 people. Phone toll-free (877) 878-6058.
HOW TO GET TO MAUI’S WINERY
Take a drive on route 37 to visit Maui’s winery on the slopes of Haleakala Mountain.
If you are driving up to or down from Haleakala National Park, you can take a short side trip to the Tedeschi Winery farther out on route 37.
Or if you drive to Hana and decide to return via the partly gravel “back road” through Kipahulu to Route 37, you will come to the winery at Ulapalakua (but perhaps after it has closed at 4 PM). Coming from Hana side of the island takes approximately two hours to reach the winery, and parts of this road from Hana are unpaved and narrow.
LINK TO WEB SITE FOR THE TEDESCHI WINERY ON MAUI:
Link to web page for TEDESCHI WINERY Tasting Room.
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