The evolution of MJA has been an adventurous one. Our founder Marin John Artukovich comes from a long lineage of CROATIAN winemakers. Although he was the first generation of his family to be born in the US, Marin grew up immersed in the culture of traditional European wine making. He worked alongside his father in their family business and spent his free time surfing and playing professional beach volleyball. To no ones surprise, after years of hard work, Marin decided to follow his passions to Hawaii for retirement, 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. During the process of farming the land, and handcrafting from its bounty, the winemaker in him was awakened. In 2008, Marin purchased vineyards in NAPA and made his first barrel of MJA wine under the SERENE CELLARS label. In 2011, he purchased more land in the SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, where our DAVINE CELLARS wines are made. From Croatia to Hawaii, to Napa, to Santa Cruz…when you visit our tasting rooms or drink our wines, we swear you can taste the journey and feel the ALOHA!
We handcraft around 8000 cases of our ALOHA each year, right in our Westside Cellar in the HIP beach town of SANTA CRUZ, California.
The Santa Cruz Mountains, with cool coastal weather and high elevation, are known for beautiful Pinot Noirs. We always have a few in the bottle or barrel, ready for you to try. But what makes MJA so unique is our selection of Napa Cabernets. We grow our Cabernet grapes at our Howell Mountain, St. Helena, Napa Vineyards, known to produce the best Cabernets in the country. The best part about it is we offer our wonderful Napa wines at Santa Cruz prices. We also partner with other quality California vineyards to procure the perfect fruit to handcraft a wide selection of wines from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, dessert wines, Bordeaux blends and many Mediterranean varietals as well. To be sure, we have something for everyone.
Our KONA COFFEE will keep you going... until it's time to drink WINE!
Marin, the owner of MJA, began his love for growing and producing quality coffee in the Kona District. He has grown his 100% Kona coffee on the Big Island of Hawaii for over 20 years. The high elevation and natural shade allow the beans to stay on the plant longer which gives the coffee that big, rich flavor. We bring the beans in fresh, and roast them each week at our Los Gatos location. Our Diamond Head Kona coffee is so good that it was voted as America’s Best Coffee by Forbes Magazine.