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 today.
Hula o Maui is a favorite and point-of-pride amongst the locals, carried in many of Maui’s restaurants and popular with the island visitors. It can be enjoyed by itself, chilled, or mixed with juices like orange, pomegranate or even more pineapple. A taste of Hula o Maui with orange juice will erase all other mimosas from your past because she elevates it to a whole other level. She also makes a nice floater for many cocktails; in fact, try the recipe below.
Complimentary tastings of Hula o Maui is available daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. inside the King’s Cottage at MauiWine. It is also available for retail online or in select stores in U.S., Canada, Guam, Japan, and Switzerland.
The photograph of the hula dancer on the label of Hula o Maui is by Randy Jay Braun.
Cocktail recipe: Lehua74
½oz. Macadamia nut orgeat
½oz. Fresh lemon juice
½oz. Fresh pineapple juice
3oz. Hula o Maui pineapple sparkling wine
Lemon twist garnish
Mix the first four ingredients in a shaker, pour inside the glass. Top off with the Hula o Maui and garnish with a lemon twist.
Lehua74 was created by Ka’ai Fong, a mixologist at Ka’ana Kitchen insider Andaz Maui. It was served at the Chef Bloc Maui with MauiWine pairing dinner presented by Chefs Isaac Bancaco and Ritchard Cariaga. The name Lehua74 was inspired by the name of Andaz Maui’s bar, Lehua, and also by the blossoms of the lehua trees grown on the same elevation as MauiWine’s Ulupalakua Vineyards. The 74 reflects back on the year 1974 when MauiWine was established.