Hawaii may be the last place you’d expect to find a winery, but on the Big Island, just a few minutes drive from Volcanoes National Park, that’s exactly what you’ll find. Volcano Winery offers wines made from both grapes and indigenous fruits grown on the island, like yellow guava and jaboticaba berry. The sweet and fruity wines here may not be very traditional, but they are perfect for enjoying underneath the warm Hawaiian sun.
Guests at the winery can taste several wines, like Macadamia Nut Honey Wine, Volcano Red, and Hawaiian Guava. Free tastings are held every day of the year from 10am to 5:30pm, with no appointment needed.
The wines are only available in Hawaii, so if you taste something you like, you’ll need to buy some and pack it in your checked luggage, pay for it to be shipped, or content yourself with enjoying it while you are on the island. The onsite wine store sells wine-themed decor, tools, art, and accessories, plus gourmet treats like olive oils and sea salts, plus Hawaiian souvenirs like t-shirts and ballcaps.
The winery is located at mile-marker 30, near Volcanoes National Park, and makes a great stop on the way back from exploring the Park.
Photo courtesy of Katie Hammel.
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