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MJA Vineyards

Address: 328-A Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone Number: +1 831-421-9380
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Ranked #9 of 53 Activities in Santa Cruz
Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Owner description: Come for the wine...stay for the Aloha! Is it possible to make the intangible, tangible? To define...
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Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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 3 bottles for the price of 2", 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!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Get a membership. Super reasonable. Awesome selection. Nothing jaw dropping, but a laid back atmosphere to try things at your own pace, regardless of the package you choose. They make you feel like a regular and their favorite customer. Inside and outside seating.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This tasting room is well put together and has nice staff and service. The wine is well made and of good quality. Definitely a pleasant place. However, it's hard not to compare this location to some of the relatively nearby wineries of Napa and Sonoma.

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Stephanie H, General Manager at MJA Vineyards, responded to this review

Aloha axs666! We really appreciate the feedback from your visit to our Westside Santa Cruz location of MJA. We hope that your travels bring you back soon, and would love to hear your input on how we can improve the customer's experience at MJA. Happy Travels and Mahalo! MJA Vineyards More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We stumbled on MJA in Feb and made a point of coming back to try another flight of wines. The measures are generous so it's not possible for me to do more than one flight (6wines) at a time. For $8 it's a bargain. The wines are full of flavour. All very different and expertly described. The staff are so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We happened upon MJA Winery recently and were happy we did. We sat outside on a deck in the beautiful weather while the owner, Marin, did the pouring himself. He provided lots of interesting information about the wines themselves as well as his journey as a winemaker. The wines were really quite good overall; we left with several bottles in... More 

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San Jose, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Marin Artukovich makes some wines that I really like. He makes the best local and Napa Valley wines for my taste. I highly recommend joining in the fun of his wine club and the events he puts on. p.s. he makes his own Kona coffee from his plantation on the Big Island.

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San Jose, California, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Excellent wines from the local area as well as some top end wines from his vineyards in the Napa area. Very friendly owner as well as the staff at both his Summit and Santa Cruz tasting rooms. There is almost always an "Aloha" greeting as you walk in the door. Joining the wine club gives you great wines and benefits.... More 

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Atascadero, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

If you want to taste wine in Santa Cruz area this is a must. The wine is superior and the staff is wonderful. Marin and staff are very attentive and pour generous pourings. There is a patio if you want to hang out for awhile and visit with friends or if chilly there is ample bar space for tasting. We... More 

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Houston, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We dropped into this wine tasting room by accident and were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the wines. Very good selection of wines and excellent atmosphere.

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Santa Cruz, California
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48 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We live in town and some friends encouraged us to taste here. We picked up lunch at New Leaf next door and sat outside in comfy chairs. The owner, Marin, poured and personally brought each tasting out to us. He engaged conversation and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. What we thought would be a half an hour turned into three hours,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

My husband found this wine tasting here on Trip Advisor. We chose MJA based on the excellent reviews and we were not disappointed. We only planned to taste. We had such fun and enjoyed the variety of tastings offered. We bought several bottles of wine----and will be placing them in the recommended wine skins for the flight home. A definite... More 

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