Located in the serene nature of the Santa Monica Mountains one can find a robust and young vineyard, fruiting endlessly and rapidly. AJA Vineyards was established in 2011 at the home of Todd and Heather Greenbaum and consists of two vineyards planted along the hillsides of their Malibu Estate. In 2007, carefully selected Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah vines were gently planted in the first vineyard. In the cold of winter in February 2013 the second vineyard was planted with a meticulously researched blend of the 5 grapes that make up a Bordeaux style blend. Todd carefully researched the scientific components of the soil on his estate grounds and found the perfect match of root stalk and 5 different varietals.
Each vineyard sits on just over ½ acre of hillside. Marvelous plump, purple grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah adorn the hillsides every summer. Every winter Todd consults with the vineyard manager as they discuss the pruning methods to ensure the proper balance of quantity and quality. Both vineyards are closely overseen to estimate the proper harvesting times in autumn.
Family is very important to the AJA recipe. It is in the name. AJA is an acronym for the names of Todd and Heather's three children. They continue to be the inspiration for their desire to live a robust and happy life – oh, and also to produce great wine! The children provide them with a sense of family that drives them to make something special. When one tastes our wine, they catch the smell of sweetness, the taste of serenity, and a slight bitterness to remind us that at times, not everything is perfect. These elements are all harnessed in the passion to make great wine that brings friends and families together.