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MJA Vineyards
Ranked #20 of 95 things to do in Santa Cruz
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Owner description: Come for the wine...stay for the Aloha! Is it possible to make the intangible, tangible? To define love, or to capture the feeling of a sunset? That's the challenge when it comes to MJA. It's not just a destination, it's an experience that goes beyond the wine, mixed with the aroma of chocolate & Kona Coffee, the setting and the people... It's the Aloha! Actually, we handcraft around 8000 cases of our Aloha each year, right in our Westside Cellar in Santa Cruz. We sell our wines directly from our Tasting Rooms because our philosophy is that we want you to be able to buy the highest quality wine that we can produce at the best value possible. That's why we offer everyday specials such as "take 4 bottles for the price of 3", and 20% off everyday for our Kahuna Wine Club Members, and 30% off on club pickup days. And our 100% Kona Coffee that Marin (he's the MJA) grows on the Big Island of Hawaii, was voted as America's Best Coffee by Forbes Magazine. It too is only available at MJA of course! We roast it fresh each week at our Summit-Los Gatos Tasting Room & Vineyards. Come on up any Tuesday afternoon, grab a glass of wine and see how we do it. We're also open 7 days a week, so you can come any day and sink into our overstuffed chairs by the fire or watch the wildlife on our wooded patio...a perfect getaway right in your backyard! Or if flip flops, a hoodie and some great story telling is more your style, our Westside-Santa Cruz Tasting Room & Cellar is in the hip industrial portion of town, a few blocks from the Natural Bridges Beach with outdoor fire pits and comfy chairs on the lanai. A perfect pairing with the ocean breeze, a bottle of our handcrafted wines and a bag of Marin's fresh roasted Kona Coffee to go. Who needs Napa? Escape to MJA!
Reviewed 17 September 2012

Super welcoming and friendly. The location in Los Gatos is atop the summit. Woodsy, great location, excellent wine, charming employees!

Thank Gemela01
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

This tasting room is great! The owners came from Hawaiian, so there is a very laid back attitude at this place, very pleasant and friendly. After a visit we became club members, you just can't go wrong with their wines.

Not only it is a great visit, but you won't walk away without buying a few bottles. They also have great olive oils and coffees. (Your tasting fee is waved with the purchase of a bottle)

Highly recommend it!

Thank CamdenSF
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

Great way to spend an afternoon. We liked the wines so much we even joined their wine club. Can't wait for the first shipment!

Thank Iten2bs
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

Great selection of wines paired with a great owner, Marin. We are in the wine club and like his blends. They change regularly and have not had a bad one. This is one place not to miss if you are in the area. While you are there, get some of his coffee and Mac nuts from his farm in Hawaii.

1  Thank Zigmonster
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

We stopped in on our inaugural trip to Santa Cruz. Marin (the MJA) is a funny guy and great to talk to and clearly likes the wine making biz. The tasting was very good - I think we got 8 tastings for $8 with accompanying chocolate and coffee tastings as well. All of his wines were great too.

1  Thank SteveTheDog
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