Wine lovers are often surprised to discover that there are wineries in Hawaii but are thrilled to tour the vineyards, taste the wines, and experience unique products of the Hawaiian soil and climate. Growing grape vines on the Hawaiian Islands is possible at the higher elevations of the volcanic ridges and mountains. The main grape grown on the islands is the Symphony grape. In addition to grape wines, most wineries also produce wines made from local fruits and berries, especially pineapple. There are only three commercial wineries on the islands.
MauiWine is a commercial winery that produces wines from the grapes grown on their beautiful, scenic 23-acre vineyard in the Ulupalakua region on the slopes of Haleakala volcano. They also make tropical wines from the famous Hawaiian Maui Gold pineapples grown in Upcountry Maui. MauiWine has a charming tasting room located in the King's Cottage, which was built in 1874 for the visits of King Kalakaua, last King of Hawai'i. During the guided tour of the winery and the historic grounds, guests are invited to follow in the same footsteps as royalty and the local cowboys who work the land. The winery makes and bottles sparkling, grape, pineapple, and raspberry dessert wines.
14815 Piilani Hwy, Kula, HI 96790, Phone: 808-878-6058
2.Nani Moon Meadery
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Nani Moon Meadery and Tasting Room is the only producer of mead or honey wine in Hawaii. Mead is made by hand from locally sourced honey, spices, and fruits, without using any chemical additives such as sulfates. It is 100 percent natural and 100 percent Hawaiian. Each variety of the Nani Moon Collection has a unique flavor that reflects the Hawaiian climate and complements Hawaii's cuisine. Mead is considered the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world, but Nani Moon is redesigning it for today's discerning customers using modern technology. All their products are available at the Nani Moon Meadery, their tasting room in Kapaa, and at better retailers all over Hawaii.
4-939 Kuhio Hwy D, Kapaa, HI 96746, Phone: 808-651-2453
© Oeno Winemaking
Oeno Winemaking is Oahu's only winery. Oeno uses ingredients – grapes that have been already crushed – imported from the world's renowned grape producing regions. They make their own mix and ferment it in their winery in Kailua. The result is a wonderfully smooth drinking wine suitable for any occasion. Oeno offers its customers the opportunity to create their own personalized bottles of wine and even create their own label. They first come and taste wines at Oeno and decide what wine they would like to have. After placing their order, they have to wait patiently for up to six weeks, depending on the wine, as it ferments in the winery’s temperature-controlled fermentation room. Once the wine is ready and the label is designed, it is time to bottle the wine. It is fun to turn it into a party with friends, family, or coworkers. Together, they get to fill the bottles, cork them, and put the labels on.
26 Hoolai St, Kailua, HI 96734, Phone: 808-263-6366
© Volcano Winery
Volcano Winery is one of only three commercial wineries in Hawaii and the first winery founded on the Big Island. Located in the town of Volcano, almost at the summit of the active volcano Kilauea, on a fault line that runs near Mauna Loa, the winery makes several wines from the Symphony grape grown in their vineyard and fruit wines from guava fruit and jaboticaba berries grown in the area. Their Symphony Mele wine won the gold medal in 2004 at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. The Volcano Winery has a tasting room in Paradise on the Big Island. Most Volcano wines, such as pinot grigio, pinot noir, macadamia nut honey wine, and tea wine, are available at the better stores on all Hawaiian islands.
35 Piimauna Dr, Volcano, HI 96785, Phone: 808-967-7772
5.Hali'imaile Distillery Tour & Tasting Room
© Hali'imaile Distillery Tour & Tasting Room
Hali'imaile Distilling Company was established in 2010 on the slopes of Haleakala, among the lush sugar cane fields. They produce authentic, locally made, handcrafted, Hawaiian brand spirits. All their spirits are made with local ingredients and are distilled in small batches, using their unique stills. Every step of the distilling process is unique and is designed in-house. Once they are distilled, their spirits are blended with pure Hawaiian spring water. Hali’imaile distillery is famous for their Pau Maui Vodka, Fid Street Gin, Paniolo Whiskey, and Mahina Rum. Visitors are welcome to tour the distillery and taste their award-winning spirits. Reservations are recommended.
883 Haliimaile Rd, Makawao, HI 96768, Phone: 808-633-3609
6.Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm and Distillery
© Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm and Distillery
Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm and Distillery is located on Maui on the slopes of Haleakala Volcano and is famous for making the award-winning Ocean Organic Vodka. Their vodka is certified 100% USDA organic and is the only vodka in the world made from organic sugar cane, grown on their farm and blended with island mineral water. Ocean Vodka is created using responsible farming techniques and eco-friendly practices and is the best-selling vodka in Hawaii. Visitors are invited to tour their facility, the organic farm, the bottling center, the product sampling courtyard, and the Martini garden with Kula lavender, passion fruit, pineapple, and strawberries.
4051 OmaopioS Rd #1, Kula, HI 96790, Phone: 808-877-0009
6 Best Best Hawaii Wineries