Swirl, Smell, Sip: Wine Tasting in Oahu near Prince
The island of Oahu may not be a world-renowned wine destination, but that doesn’t mean that travelers who stay at Prince Waikiki don’t fancy a glass of award-wining vino while on vacation. It takes a resolute aficionado to locate the premier wine tasting in Oahu as there are only a handful of options near the Pacific Ocean’s picturesque shoreline. Prince Waikiki wouldn’t be the top-rated hotel in Honolulu, according to TripAdvisor, without offering an extensive wine list inside 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar and KatsuMidori Sushi Tokyo (lovers of Japanese rice wine rejoice). However, all future guests are urged to explore the island; and that should include a sophisticated, flavorful wine tasting in Honolulu, Waikiki, or Kailua.
Wine Tasting in Oahu | 5 Unique Destinations
After shopping inside the Ala Moana Center, surfing near Waikiki Beach, and relaxing by the pool here at Prince Waikiki, branch out to a local wine bar for a one-of-a-kind tasting with family or friends. Yes, most tastings feature a small selection of Hawaiian wine, but each of these five destinations also owns an extensive collection of vino from the world’s most beloved locales, such as Corsica, Valle d’Aosta, and Napa Valley. Many travelers are split between a couple of local wine bars, which is where Prince’s first-rate concierge comes in handy. Their expertise is second to none, especially when it comes to locating the top-reviewed beer, spirit, or wine tasting in Oahu.
A luxuriant, exclusive wine club rests inside the sprawling Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest open-air shopping mall. The Vintage Cave Club is an extravagant, dimly-lit tasting room with eye-popping local art, colorful chandeliers, and repurposed brick walls. Reservations are a must.
Stage Restaurant’s Amuse Wine Bar is perfect for any occasion, including an anniversary, work retreat, or casual drop-in. The bar has a rotating list of nearly 80 unique labels from across the globe. There’s also live music every night from 7–9 p.m.
A brief respite to Kailua is a popular day trip option, particularly for self-proclaimed oenophiles. The aptly-named Oeno is the only Oahu “winery” on the isle. For those seeking an authentic wine tasting in Oahu, Oeno is an essential stopover.
Not everyone has a penchant for fine wine, which is why the Village Tasting Room is a popular option for large groups. The Tasting Room typically has 16 beers and two seltzers on tap as well as eight rotating kegs of wine.
D’Vine narrowly thwarted HASR Wine Company, Fujioka’s Wine Times, and Vino Italian Tapas and Wine Bar to land the fifth spot on this list. This sleek wine bar’s unique business model is one worth keeping an eye on. Patrons pour the wine using self-serve machines, a rising trend in the craft beer industry. Clearly, it’s now catching wind here in Hawaii.
Prince Waikiki: A Modern Honolulu Hotel
After savoring a cosmopolitan wine tasting in Oahu, retreat to Prince Waikiki’s fifth-floor infinity pool. Guests can rent a VIP cabana, sip cocktails with their toes in the pool, and witness a classic, heartwarming sunset before sauntering into the exclusive Prince Waikiki Club. The hotel is also a short distance from quintessential Honolulu nightlife in both downtown and Kaka’ako. But, of course, don’t forget about Hinana Bar, an on-site live music hub! Future guests are also more than welcome to read about the island’s best tours, snorkeling destinations, and North Shore activities before arrival.