MJA Vineyards | Winery | Tasting Room | Santa Cruz CA | Los Gatos | Handcrafting Aloha
The story of MJA Vineyards brings you on an adventure. The founder, Marin John Artukovich – the “MJA,” comes from a long line of Croatian tradesmen and farmers, steeped in the culture of winemaking. Although he was the first generation of his family to be born in the US, Marin grew up with that same hard-working spirit that propelled his family forward. He worked alongside his father in their family business and spent his free time surfing and playing professional beach volleyball.
To no one’s surprise, after years of hard work, Marin decided to retire and follow his passions to Hawaii, where he quickly fell in love with the people and the land. Always the entrepreneur, he found that he had a talent for growing Kona coffee, and for over 20 years, he has farmed the best Kona Coffee available. His beans were named by Forbes as America’s best coffee in 2001, and they won the Gevalia Cup in 2002 and the Pacific Coast Coffee Association Coffee of the Year Award in 2004.