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The Coconut Chronicles
Volume VII, featuring Maui Upcountry Estates
Aloha! Welcome to the seventh edition of "The Coconut Chronicles" presented by Billy and Pete Jalbert, Realtors for the Maui Real Estate Team in Paia, Maui. Its spring time in Maui and it is a particularly beautiful time of the year in Maui's Upcountry on the west flank of Haleakala. Flowers and trees are blooming, the area is still lush from the winter's rains and the views are spectacular as always. To commemorate Maui's Upcountry, we have articles on Upcountry Estates, the community of Kula and the Tedeschi Vineyard in beautiful Ulupalakua.
Billy & Pete's Picks: Maui Upcountry Estates
Each month The Coconut Chronicles will present some properties that may be intriguing to you. There are literally hundreds of active listings to choose from. Our goal is to provide you with a snapshot of some properties that may be right for you! This month we are focused on Upcountry Estates.
Maui's beautiful Upcountry Estates are tucked into the area's rolling hills and forests. Acreage, cooler climate and spectacular views are just some of the draws that made the Upcountry a popular choice for estate owners.
Maui Upcountry Estates
1695 Olinda Road
333 Middle Road
577 Omaopio Road
619 PoliPoli Road
This property is listed by Jim Sanders Realty for $4,500,000. The Maui Real Estate Team may represent you as buyer's agents.
Note: This article was published in April of 2005. Most of these properties are no longer on the market. Contact us today for the current inventory of Maui Upcountry Estates.
What do Sonoma, Napa, Santa Barbara and Maui have in common? It's obvious that the first three counties are some of America's finest wine producing regions. What is Maui doing on that list? Believe it or not, Maui has had its own little vineyard for the last 30 years. Tedeschi Vineyard is nestled on the slopes of Haleakala at an elevation of 2,000 feet in Ulupalakua. I recently watched the movie Sideways with my new friend Shanna. She is pretty savvy when it comes to wines. Spurred in part by this movie and a chance to take a drive into the Upcountry as the Jacarandas are coming into bloom, we decided to take a trip up to Ulupalakua Ranch and Tedeschi's tasting room.
The drive in and of itself is a highlight. As we wound our way up from the Central Valley, the signs of spring were in the air. Trees and flowers were blooming on the side of the road and Jacarandas were just starting to show their bursts of purple flowers. The rolling fields and meadows were the verdant green of spring time on Maui. The views of course were amazing. The Pacific was shining golden in the late afternoon light. The islands of Lanai and Kahoolawe stood out in the shimmering waters. For Shanna it was her first time to this part of this part of the Upcountry. She was blown away from the views. For me, the drive was a great reminder of how lucky I am to live on Maui. The road begins to really twist and turn as you pass through Kula and get closer to Ulupalakua. Just as the winding road began to take its toll on our respective stomachs, we came to the towering grove of Eucalyptus that meant we had arrived at the ranch.
The tasting room and the Ulupalakua Ranch are located in some of the most historic buildings on island. The tasting room itself is housed in King's cottage. The cottage was built for King Kalakaua in 1874. Ulupalakua was a favorite retreat throughout his monarchy. It is only appropriate that is now used for wine tasting as the king was known for an impressive thirst for champagne. This thirst for champagne and his legendary poker game contributed to his nickname as the "Merrie" monarch.
There was quite a line to sample the Vineyards assorted variety of wines. A bit daunted by the lack of elbow room, we took the time to explore the King's Cottage and read about some of the history and ecology associated with Ulupalakua. After perusing the gift shop, the throngs had cleared a bit, and we were able to mosey up to the tasting room's beautiful 18 foot long Mango Wood bar cut from the trunk of a single tree. Shanna gave me a brief refresher on the finer elements of wine tasting. Supplemented by my observations from Sideways, I was ready to taste my first Tedeschi variety of wine. Shanna and I swirled our wines and then stuck our beaks into our glasses to take in the full variety of aromas. Shanna was quick to describe a variety of scents to her. I was hard pressed to say much beyond it smelled like wine. I quickly fell into the roll of the wine aficionado's ignorant sidekick. We repeated the process sampling a variety of blancs, a sparkling wine, a red and the Tedeschi's signature pineapple wine. While Tedeschi has yet to receive the acclaim of mainland wineries, it offers varieties of wines that most vineyards are incapable of producing. Let's see if Coppola could ever produce a pineapple passion fruit wine!
After our tasting, we took a few minutes to stroll the beautiful grounds surrounding the cottage. A number of historic buildings are accessible via a series of pathways. These buildings are remnants from the old Rose plantation. At one time, this was one of Maui's most prolific sugar plantations. Century old trees dot the property making for shaded pathways and a tranquil setting. After we had our fill, we made our way across the road to the Ulupalakua General Store. The store is another quaint turn of the century building. Having sampled our share of wine, we cleansed our palate with a few of the locally made teas in the store. Shanna and I were probably the last people in the store for the day so they were eager to share the last samples. The store is a great place to pick up a picnic lunch. The grounds around the tasting room make are a popular place for a mid day picnic.
As the sun began to sink lower in the sky, we reluctantly started our drive back to the North Shore. The setting sun illuminated the clouds and set Haleakala aglow. Green pastures bathed in a golden light floated by the car windows. We both had big smiles on our faces as we savored our excursion into the unique beauty of Maui's Upcountry.
The Tedeschi Vineyard tasting room is open seven days a week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Free guided tours of the winery are offered at 10:30 and 1:30 PM. No Reservations are required. If you are looking for an excuse to check out the Tasting Room and the beautiful ground of the Vineyards, Check out the Ulupalakua Thing held on the 30th of April. This tradeshow is a showcase for Maui's agricultural community and food manufacturers. Samples of Maui Grown produce, flowers, and assorted food stuffs abound. The beef and salad tasting are both big draws as are the floral and cooking contests. Tickets are $20.00 for adults at the door with children under 10 admitted for free.
Continued in » Coconut Community Spotlight: Kula
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