Wineries in Hawaii: Guide to the State’s Best
Vineyards and wineries have popped up all over the U.S., creating new attractions for adult travelers as well as supporting a growing agritourism industry. Wineries provide relaxing mini getaways, romantic views, and allow guests to try new flavors. And Hawaii offers several places where the views are only the beginning. Read about the top wineries in Hawaii and prepare the palate.
Top Wineries in Hawaii to Visit on Vacation
Chill at Volcano Winery
The name alone exudes excitement. Volcano’s wines are only available in the Hawaiian islands. Made by blending grapes with tropical fruits – such as yellow guava and jaboticaba berries – these wines bring out the island’s best flavors. Signature wines include Volcano Red, Macadamia Nut Honey and Symphony Mele.
Wine tastings range from $5 to $8 per person, and no appointment is needed. Located in Volcano, near the golf course and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this winery delivers quality taste in a laid-back setting.
Tour Maui Wine
Home to a selection of blushes, whites and reds, Maui Wine’s history dates back centuries. This small winery features many flavors, but the pineapple ranks high on the must-try list. Other options include Syrah, with eucalyptus and ripe red berries, and Uptown Gold, a light, fruity white.
To get the best experience, begin at the King’s Cottage, originally built in the 1870s for the last reigning king of Hawaii. While learning about the cottage, enjoy a 30-minute complimentary tasting. Afterwards, join a guide and head to the historic estate, production area, and wine cellar.
Relax With Island Mana Wines
This winery specializes in food-friendly, dry tropical wines. Made in small batches by hand, these Hawaiian wines are made from organic fruits, including mango, passion fruit and pineapple. Island Mana also makes handmade grape wines at its Oregon wineries.
The Hawaii wine tasting room offers daily tours from 3 to 9 p.m., and pricing depends on how many wines sampled. For $20, guests can try six different wines. Many varieties are also available through the wine club or for sale online.
Make Your Own at Oeno Winemaking
Those who want a customized bottle should visit Oeno. With a focus on a hands-on experience, these wines make great gifts for someone special or business associates. Guests start with samples, then receive their custom wine – label and name included – in four to six weeks.
Oeno also offers wines from all over the world as well as more than 100 craft beers. Space is limited, so make a reservation. They also allow visitors to bring their own food, such as cheese and crackers.
Explore Nani Moon Meadery
Using locally sourced honey, fruit and spices, Nani Moon is the only mead – honey wine – producer in Hawaii. Handcrafted and farm-to-glass, these wines range from dry to sweet and fruity to spicy.
This family-owned business offers tastings Tuesday through Saturday, from 12 to 5 p.m., however hours can vary. The brewing facility is also the only one in Hawaii that sources a 100 percent of its fermentables locally, and all meads are all natural. Visitors will also find a number of local cocktail ideas and an online selection.
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