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Address: 328-A Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone Number: +1 831-421-9380
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12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come for the wine...stay for the Aloha! Is it possible to make the...

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!

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MJA definitely worth the stop

Wine was good! Hostess Sheri was VERY GOOD! The chocolate covered coffee beans are to die for 💋 a definite wine stop for the true wine lovers!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2015
Mary L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Wine was good! Hostess Sheri was VERY GOOD! The chocolate covered coffee beans are to die for 💋 a definite wine stop for the true wine lovers!

Thank Mary L
Visalia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I really enjoyed the time spent here, when I got in there were full and only 3 hosts so I was not sure I would get help but yes I did and by a very helpful and awesome host, he actually came to the other side of the counter and greeted me with a smile and explained about the tastings,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I enjoy visiting and taking the wine in the Santa Cruz West Side location and the one also in the woods in Soquel, Los Gatos. Nice people working behind the counter serving the wine, they're very knowledgeable and there's always live music which adds the ambiance.

2 Thank Jay A
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

My husband and I were driving on Summit road when we came across this small cabin that offered wine tastings. Honestly, I thought it looked a little sketchy, by we were pleasantly surprised! I absolutely love this place! The pours are generous, the wine is delicious, and the staff are super friendly!

1 Thank MissCasanave
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My boyfriend and I read the great reviews and decided to check it out during our one day trip to Santa Cruz. A special mention for John who was so welcoming and let us try so many wines before we decided on which one we wanted to have a glass of! We were accommodated in every way and had great... More 

1 Thank D L
Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I tried Napa, yet again....a string of cars, big time wineries, crowded tasting rooms! $20.00 + for a flight of average wines. Santa Cruz, ahhhh, nice beach atmosphere, fresh air and great wine. MJA has it all, fantastic wines, fun environment and top notch service. An outside patio, where you can actually sit and enjoy your vino. No rush, no... More 

2 Thank Lucy M
Marin A, Director of Sales at MJA Vineyards, responded to this review

Aloha Lucy! Thank you so much for the kind words. We so enjoy seeing you and look forward to the next time. Maybe stop by on Father's Day? Mahalo! MJA More 

Waipahu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Maybe it really isn't a secret for Santa Cruz residents, but for visitors, this is the place to do your tastings. I'm so glad we didn't do a pricey wine tasting tour. This place had a very afforfable tasting, great wines and an Aloha feeling. This is a hidden treasure in Santa Cruz.

5 Thank C H
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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.

4 Thank ayjay28970
Canberra, Australia
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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.

4 Thank axs666
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 via mobile

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 

7 Thank Statistician

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