Top 10 extraordinary vineyards

3. Volcano Winery, Hawaii

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The Volcano Winery on Hawaii was founded in 1986 by retired veterinarian, Lynn “Doc” McKinney, who planted 20 Symphony grape vines in the lava-covered land in the foothills of Hawaii’s volcano at 4,000 feet.

The vineyard was first planted with Symphony, a white cross of Grenache Gris and Muscat of Alexandria. McKinney soon began experimenting by growing tropical fruits such as starfruit, lilikoi (passion fruit) and papaya and blending them with the wine to create a tropical range of fruit wines. After several years of experimentation, the Volcano Winery opened to the public in 1993, offering a selection of its unique wines for sale.

In 1999 the winery was sold to Del Bothof, with Del’s son Scott today its general manager. A fire in 2000 destroyed much of the winery’s original Symphony vines, which were replaced with French-American hybrids Marchael Foch, Chambourcin and Cayuga White, as well as Pinot Noir. In 2006 the winery began growing tea plants (Camellia sinensis) to use in their newest wine Infusion – a “tea wine” made using their Macadamia nut honey wine and black teas.

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