In 1974 Tedeschi Vineyards was established on ranch land leased to Emil Tedeschi, a Californian vintner.
While waiting for their first grapes, the winery experimented with pineapple wine and in 1977 released their Maui Blanc Pineapple Wine. In 1980 the first grapes were harvested and in 1984 Tedeschi's first grape product, Maui Brut, was released.
Today the winery sells an assortment of wines made from grapes as well as several other specialty wines made from pineapple, passion fruit and even raspberries. My favorite is their top selling Maui Splash, a light and fruity wine made from pineapple and passion fruit.
Your first stop when you arrive at the winery should be the tasting room, where you can sample the various varieties of wines. The tasting room is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The winery also offers two free, guided tours per day at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The guides are well versed in the history of the area and the ranch, and you'll enjoy walking through the grounds where Hawaiian royalty once relaxed along with Captain Makee's other famous guests.
After the tour head back to the tasting room to buy a bottle of wine for lunch and maybe a few more to take with you. For lunch all you need to do is walk across the street to the 'Ulupalakua Ranch Store.