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2nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

2nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 12 4:00 – 8:15 p.m. Lighting just after sunset, around 6:15 On December 12, residents and visitors are invited to celebrate the holidays with family and friends at the second annual holiday tree lighting on the grounds of MauiWine at Ulupalakua Ranch. The lush and tall pine trees combined with that holiday “chill in the air” makes upcountry the perfect location to bundle-up and celebrate the holiday season. Admission is free but attendees are requested to bring a can of non-perishable food as a donation to the Maui Food Bank. The holiday festivities is guaranteed to be a memorable experience with plenty of activities to enjoy including: • Lighting of a 25-foot Monterey pine holiday-decorated tree from Kula Botanical Gardens. • Blessing by Gordean Bailey, kumu hula from Kula, and a hula performance from halau Wehiwehi o Leilehua. • Bud Break to Tank: A Walk through the 2015 vintage with winemaker Brett Miller, in the Old Jail. Reservations Required. MORE INFO • Live music entertainment by Derick Sebastian. • Movie under the stars. Elf, the holiday comedy, will be the free, featured film. • Family and keiki photos in front of holiday tree • Holiday crafts and activities for keiki • Sparkling toasts and tastings of MauiWine’s estate exclusive Ulupalakua Vineyards estate-grown wines. • Warm holiday beverages, and holiday comfort food by Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill The event starts at 4:00 p.m. with the blessing and lighting of the holiday tree after sunset followed by a movie under the stars. The movie will be showcased on MauiWine’s outdoor pavilion; visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and...
Bud Break to Tank

Bud Break to Tank

BUD BREAK TO TANK A WALK THROUGH THE 2015 VINTAGE WITH WINEMAKER BRETT MILLER The 150 year old stone building coined the “Old Jail”, has been restored and will reopen early in 2016 as a private tasting room for the new Ulupalakua Vineyards estate wines. In celebration, immediately after the blessing of the building we are offering a sneak peek of the Old Jail and an intimate wine experience with our Winemaker Brett Miller. THE EXPERIENCE Brett will host up to 12 people for a 30 minute journey through the 2015 vintage. From bud break to tank, you’ll hear all about the unique challenges and accomplishments this year brought along with it. You’ll also experience how it all translates into the bottle… or should we say tank, as you will get to taste through the 2015 wines still in tank and years away from being released!!! THE DETAILS – Saturday December 12th *night of our 2nd annual Holiday Tree Lighting! – Blessing Ceremony at 4:00 – Availability: only 12 people per time – Times: 4:30, 5:00, 5:30 – Cost: $35/person – Reservations need to be made in advance Reserve your spots by calling or emailing Rene at 808.878.6058 or rene@mauiwine.com DECEMBER 12TH IS THE NIGHT OF OUR 2ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING EVENT, COME EARLY BEFORE THE BUD BREAK TO TANK EXPERIENCE AND STAY LATE TO ENJOY THE...
Guess Who’s Turning 21!?!?

Guess Who’s Turning 21!?!?

Hula o Maui Turns 21 This month marks the coming-of-age for our Hula o Maui sparkling wine. She’s finally of legal age, 21. Hula o Maui became a twinkle in the eyes of Paula Hegele, president of MauiWine, in 1994. As the winery neared its 20th anniversary, a simple joke in passing turned into a bet and a challenge to create a product unlike any in the world. Committed to using only the precious resources the island provides, the team turned to Maui’s rich agriculture to find its inspiration: Maui Gold pineapples. Similar to the location of its vineyard, the extra sweet Maui Gold pineapples are grown on the slopes of Haleakala Volcano benefitting from the same perfect growing conditions of sunny days, cool nights and nutrient rich, volcanic soil. Since the experiment was for the 20th anniversary celebration, the team decided to create a sparkling wine processed in the traditional méthode champenoise, the same method used in the Champagne region of France to produce Champagne. Within the year, Hula o Maui was born. What started out as a friendly competition more than two decades ago, Hula o Maui is now one of the most successful, 100 percent grown and made-in-Maui products. With its subtle fragrances of sweet pineapple and lemon zest, Hula o Maui was floral, fruity and refreshing. She was the ideal celebratory wine fitting perfectly into the environment of our beautiful island home. 100 cases of Hula o Maui sparkling wines were made just for the 20th anniversary celebration of the winery; the wines sold-out in less than a month and continues to be in demand...
2015 Vintage: Wet and Wild

2015 Vintage: Wet and Wild

2015 VINTAGE: WET AND WILD VARIATION AND VARIETY IS WHAT WINE IS ALL ABOUT The uniqueness in each vintage is defined by mother nature, some years are directed by her. 2015 is well on its way to becoming one of the top 3 rainiest years in Ulupalakua history dating back to 1925. In years with such atypical conditions a grape growers every decision is affected. It will influence everything including harvest timing and vine management choices, and as a result determine the personality of that years wines… and that’s the beauty of it! With all the rain in the beginning of the year we ended up with a strong start and a really consistent bud break. But as those of you who live in Maui know, or those who visited over the last 9 months know, the rain never really stopped. With such an abundance of moisture, the vines were very happy and eager to grow. The challenge became organizing and directing the vines to focus that energy in the right place at the right time. Towards the end of the growth cycle you want every bit of focus to be on fruit development, this is where a stressful environment suits wine grapes well. The more stressed the vines are the more focused they are on making their fruit as mature and attractive as possible as to spread its seed and preserve life. So with all this energy and low stress, getting the vines to focus on the fruit vs just growing green takes a great deal of effort and attention. Then there’s the big fear of rain close...
“Member of the Year” Award

“Member of the Year” Award

MauiWine President Receives “Member of the Year” Award The Maui Country Farm Bureau (MCFB) bestows Paula Hegele, president of MauiWine, with a “Member of the Year” award for her strong support and ongoing contributions of the island’s agriculture industry. Hegele has been a part of the agriculture family for more than 25 years. She works hard to encourage the growth of diversified agriculture on the island understanding its economic and cultural importance. She is one of Maui’s “support local” warriors constantly promoting Maui-grown wines and building partnerships with neighboring farmers that have earned recognition for MauiWine and contributes to the local economy. “I feel lucky to live, work and raise a family in a supportive agriculture community,” Hegele said. “If we did not have a vineyard on Maui or fellow farmers to support us, we would not exist. MauiWine is a winery and tasting room on a historical estate, a popular destination and attraction for Maui visitors and our local community—but none of it exists if we’re not farming.” Hegele, whose background was originally in the travel industry, fell in love with the sweeping farmlands of upcountry Maui and pursued a career in the agriculture industry through the winery and hasn’t looked back since. Since her involvement, the winery has become a visitor destination that sees more than 100,000 visitors annually, and the wines are distributed internationally and can be found in all major retail outlets across the Hawaiian Islands and in many restaurants. The “Member of the Year” award was presented to Hegele at the MCFB annual general membership meeting. MCFB is a grassroots 501(c)(5) organization of farms...
Hug a Farmer

Hug a Farmer

Hug a Farmer Monday, October 12 is National Farmers Day. How would we survive without our hardworking farmers? Sure, it’s easy to connect the dots between farmers and the food we eat, but farmers are also important in the creation of jobs. Agriculture is the largest job provider in the world from soil science, horticulture, packing and processing and technology to the produce stocker of your favorite local grocery store. A recent census by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) shows the backbone of the agriculture industry are still family-owned farms. In fact, 97 percent of the 2.1 million farms in the U.S. are family –owned and 88 percent are small farms. This national data mirrors the agriculture state of our very own island. There are a lot more small, family-owned farms on Maui than corporate-owned including us. Our grapes are grown on 16-acres of land owned by a local family who has been cultivating the lands in Ulupalakua for more than 50 years. Maui is home to more than 600 farmers, growers and ranchers, and we work with a few to create our wines. One in particular is Maui Gold Pineapple Company known for their sweet pineapples. The pineapple juice is used in our pineapple wines including our famous “Hula o Maui” sparkling which is now one of the most successful Maui-made products today that also supports our local economy. So take the time today to hug your favorite farmers. I know we’ll be doing a lot of hugging and celebrating with our fellow farmers today! References: 2012 Census of Agriculture Farm...
Chef/Winemaker Dinner

Chef/Winemaker Dinner

Chef Bloc Maui Returns with Chefs Isaac Bancaco and Ritchard Cariaga Presents “Career Shaping Dishes” with MauiWine Wailea, Hawaii (Sept. 29, 2015) – Chef Bloc Maui, the exclusive dinner series at Ka’ana Kitchen created by Isaac Bancaco, executive chef of Andaz Maui, returns on Saturday, October 10. The six-course pairing dinner debuts Ritchard Cariaga, new chef de cuisine of Ka’ana Kitchen and shines the light on the island’s winery, MauiWine. “Career shaping dishes” is the theme for the dinner where Bancaco and Cariaga will share their favorite dishes from childhood that inspired them to pursue a path in culinary. The intimate dining experience is limited to only twelve guests to allow for a more personal, fun and direct interaction with both chefs and Brett Miller, winemaker for MauiWine, as they create and pair each dish. “This dinner is different from the others because we are sharing treasured memories from our past,” said Bancaco. “When coming up with the theme for this dinner, Ritchard and I started talking about our childhood, our culture and experiences that made us passionate about food, cooking and feeding our family and friends. Food is very personal because it can transport you back to a special moment in time so we decided to share these special memories with our guests.” In continuum with Chef Bloc Maui’s primary objective of highlighting grown-on-Maui products, Bancaco and Cariaga reached out to MauiWine for the dinner’s wine pairings. Located on the slopes of Haleakala volcano, the winery’s 23-acre vineyard grows six varietals of grapes and creates enjoyable wines that capture the essence of Maui through its pineapple, estate-grown and...

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