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Winemaker Mark Beaman Joins MauiWine

Winemaker Mark Beaman Joins MauiWine

For Immediate Release March 16, 2017 Media Contact: Christina Yumul, 808.633.4089 christina@storieology.com Winemaker Mark Beaman Joins MauiWine Ulupalakua, Hawaii – Mark Beaman is the new winemaker for MauiWine overseeing all aspects of winemaking. As former associate winemaker for Mendocino Wine Company, Beaman brings tremendous wealth of experience. “We are heading towards an exciting future, and Mark is here to help us design incredible wines and expand our production,” says Paula Hegele, president of MauiWine. “His strong background in agriculture, science and hands-on working experience from the vineyard to the finished bottle are the skills we need to evolve and continue our journey in managing a successful vineyard and crafting the best wines we can to reflect our Island.” Beaman’s ascent in winemaking started at Columbia Crest Winery in Washington. He continued his growth with Villa Mt. Eden and Conn Creek Winery of Napa, until moving to Mendocino Wine Company as an enologist working all aspects of winemaking eventually becoming the associate winemaker. Beaman has crafted multiple wines with ratings of 90+ points by Wine Enthusiast and numerous gold medals. Now on Maui, Beaman is inspired by the rare characteristics and real joy that abounds on the island – its people, nature and culture. He is also looking forward to working with an experienced team. “MauiWine is in an exciting period of winemaking,” says Beaman. “The vines are mature having found their footing just as the vineyard crew achieves an incredible level of awareness of the unique needs and cycles of the vineyard. The combination of the vines’ balance with the soil and the efficiency and skill of the workers...
Maui Now Video on MauiWine

Maui Now Video on MauiWine

Check out the video HERE! In the crisp, sometimes misty air of ’Ulupalakua, with sweeping ocean views of Maui’s South side, the grapes of MauiWine grow. There are about 16 acres under vine, all carefully netted to protect against the determined birds, hoping to taste the grapes ahead of any human. “We’re the only vineyard on Maui, so every myna bird on the island comes up here during harvest time,” explains sales and marketing director Joe Hegele, who grew up on the ranch and gathered experience in Oregon’s wine industry. MauiWine’s flagship Syrah is the oldest varietal at age 16. The vineyard also grows Malbec, Grenache, Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Gewürztraminer grapes, which are around six years old. “You’re as good as your fruit; you’re only as interesting as your fruit, and that’s kind of our challenge in the vineyard,” says Hegele. “It’s not hard to grow grapes. It’s hard to grow grapes that are healthy and interesting in some way, so that they represent where they came from.” Where they came from. It’s a place that holds a history unlike anywhere else on the island. The land once known as Rose Ranch was established more than 150 years ago, and includes The King’s Cottage, built in 1856 for King David Kalākaua, who used to visit the ranch. There’s also a building known as The Old Jail, a stately office from the 1880s, now used for special wine tastings. Even the lab is in the old creamery, and crews still use an old mixing tank from back in the day. “Most wineries, they were built to be wineries. For...

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