Beginning in 2007, direct shipping to Hawaii is permitted as long as wineries have registered with the Hawaii Department of Taxation and received a Direct Wine Shipper’s Permit from the local island commission. Shipments may not exceed 6 nine-liter cases per household each calendar year.
As you may expect, there may be additional shipping charges when sending wine to Hawaii, as opposed to states in the mainland, but at least you can get wine some clubs to deliver to Hawaii!
Here are our top wine clubs that ship to Hawaii:
Even though not very much is known about Hawaii’s earliest wine production, it is reported that Don Francisco de Paula y Marin, the man who also introduced pineapples and coffee to the region, planted the first grapevines as early as 1815. While the state primarily produces wine from tropical fruits, the Hawaii wine industry is a great reminder to never underestimate the persistence of vintners who will find a way to grow grapes regardless of challenging conditions. Luckily for the state’s winemakers, Hawaii is home to the Symphony grape, a cross between Muscat and Grenache Gris varieties that can be used to make an off-dry and fruity white wine. Even though the tropical climate of Hawaii is not particularly well-suited to winegrowing, Symphony grapes are grown with success in higher elevations around the state’s volcanic mountains, where temperatures are cooler and less humid than coastal regions.
Hawaii is currently home to three commercial wineries. O’ahu’s Diamond Head Winery is a small-batch winery that is not commercial in a conventional sense, as its wine production is determined by custom orders.
Located at an elevation of 2,000 feet, Tedeschi Vineyards has been in operation since 1974. It is currently situated on the slopes of Haleakala, a dormant volcano on the eastern part of Maui. After vines were first planted in 1974, vintners experimented with pineapple wine while waiting for the vines to mature, and the product turned out to be incredibly popular. While Tedeschi Vineyards continued to make pineapple wine, the first grape harvest resulted in a successful first grape wine: Maui Brut Sparkling. Today, their annual production includes sparkling, pineapple, grape, and raspberry dessert wine.
The state’s other major wine producer is Volcano Winery, located at an elevation of 4,000 feet on the Big Island’s active volcano Kilauea. Ever since this winery opened in 1896, it has been home to creative experimentation, combining grape blends with exotic fruits such as star fruit, passion fruit, and papaya. The winery also has released a honey wine, and in 2006, the winery developed a Tea-infused wine, using their signature Macadamia Nut Honey wine and black teas.
Hawaii Wine Festivals