Sometimes, a day Upcountry is in order, especially when it means escaping the heat in Central Maui for a few hours. This past Sunday, my family took a little trip to Ulupalakua to enjoy some views, some wine, and the peaceful, tranquil vibe of MauiWine.
Situated on the slopes of Haleakala, Ulupalakua and the MauiWine grounds and tasting room are absolutely beautiful locations. Apart from learning about their wines and other products in the tasting room, we also enjoyed wandering around the grounds, exploring their unique plants and charming buildings and artwork scattered around.
The tasting room itself is beautiful, so of course I forgot to get a picture of it! With rustic wood counters, and rows upon rows of beautiful wine bottles, you get a lot of different impressions at once. First, it’s an old-fashioned, cowboy-esque home, first built as a Summer Cottage for a visit from King Kalakaua. Second, it’s a Maui-grown experience, with Hawaiian touches everywhere, and beautiful upcountry views out its sparkling windows. Finally, it’s an upscale, wine-tasting experience, where you’ll get a feel for their award-winning wines, and choose the right bottle (or three) to take home.
My husband enjoyed a full, three-pour tasting, and I opted for just a small taste of one. He enjoyed all of his, but we were both enamored with Lokelani, a crisp brut rosé, which I think will have to grace our Thanksgiving table this year. The helpful wine expert behind the counter told us that that one had just won a gold medal at the LA Wine & Spirits competition, and it was definitely apparent!
Even if you’re not a wine drinker, you can appreciate the absolutely beautiful landscape and views from the MauiWine grounds. It was certainly a journey to get there from our home in Wailuku, but once we were there, it felt like we were in another world altogether. If you’re ready to see what MauiWine has to offer, we suggest joining us on our Summit Lavender Sojourn. Your day will begin with a trip to Haleakala, where you’ll get incredible views of the dormant volcano bathed in morning light. Afterward, enjoy a visit to the incredible winery, before making your way to stroll through rows of lavender and enjoying an al-fresco lunch at Maui Lavender. Finally, after a stop in Makawao for shopping and gallery-viewing, you’ll return to your hotel, energized and relaxed after an upcountry day that caters to all of your discerning senses. Join us soon!