Preserving the culture of Ulupalakua
Like so many on the island, we’re not just craftsmen but also story tellers. Our vines are rooted in the rich history of Maui, and our wines are a big part of the story of a community that has made ‘Ulupalakua its home for generations. Visiting our winery and its people is truly a cultural experience, and the distinctiveness of each bottle makes for a tasting experience like no other!
Maui’s only winery began in 1974 with a partnership between C. Pardee Erdman, owner of Ulupalakua Ranch, and Emil Tedeschi, who came from a family history of winemaking in Calistoga, California. Between the two of them, they had both the rich volcanic land they needed and the know-how to work it into something new and unique. Together they identified the perfect growing location for the vines and figured out how to refit some existing buildings on the former Rose Ranch estate for winemaking. Today, our winery is built around these historic buildings, just down the road from our vineyard, which encompasses 23 acres of beautiful Maui countryside.
In the late 1980s, Tedeschi left Maui to return to his home in California, and the business operations were embraced by Paula Hegele. Under her leadership, we have continued to refine our products and expand distribution to 18 states and four countries around the globe. We also continue to develop the winery tour experience, offering tastings in the King’s Cottage and Old Jail, visits to the vineyard, and private events.
When you come to MauiWine, tour the historic estate, and taste our unique wines, we want the experience to be as memorable as the wines themselves. We take great pride in both our process and our products, as well as the heritage and hospitality that go along with them. Our craft is a big part of many local livelihoods on the island, and it is our privilege to share a little bit of this special place through both our distinct wines and our unforgettable visiting experiences.