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The vineyards in Ulupalakua offers vistas of the Pacific Ocean, Lana‘i and West Maui.

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Vintages En Vogue

By Margo Steines

Photo by Kicka Witte

11.13.17

On 23 storied acres in Ulupalakua on the Valley Isle, the talented team at MauiWine is hard at work creating flavors to be savored and remembered.

On 23 storied acres in Ulupalakua on the Valley Isle, the talented team at MauiWine is hard at work creating flavors to be savored and remembered. It’s just the latest chapter of the property’s meticulously archived history—from days of the sugar mill plantation and, then, paniolo cattle ranching to the era of winemaking that began in the 1970s. In fact, many of the buildings from the plantation estate have been maintained and repurposed. (In a creative twist, the winery even hosts tastings at the old jail.) This year, under the direction of President Paula Hegele and winemaker Mark Beaman, the islands’ premier winery has released several new vintages under its Ulupalakua Vineyards estate label—a sweet fresh rosé and the seductive viognier from 2016. Also not to be missed: the Rose Ranch collection, which includes the sparkling Lokelani as well as Lehua—a dessert wine made from island-grown raspberries. Away from Ulupalakua, oenophiles can order a bottle at top restos like Gannon’s or Hali‘imaile General Store. Or if you’re resort-bound, try a glass at Grand Wailea or the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. 14815 Pi‘ilani Highway, Kula, Maui, 878.6058