Fruit, Happiness Project, San Luis Sunday, Winery

Mystic Hills Vineyard

I met Judy Cox (co-owner), as she was in between doing the many other jobs that she has to do. As many people know, being a boutique winery owner requires much versatility. I just happened to catch her at the right time. She is such a warm person, and so sweet! She had the table full of displays…

She was ready for my arrival. Honestly, their winery location is perfect for their history. The rolling hills in the background of the Oscar that Joel Cox won for “Unforgiven”, an old fashion Cowboy movie starring Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman.

Joel is a film editor, then in 2008, he and his wife pursued their dream of having a vineyard. They started off with 14 acres of land in San Miguel, California.

Shortly thereafter, they planted 9 of the 14 acres with Red Bordeaux grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.  They then met their winemaker, Keith Roberts, while planting the vines.  He has such passion for wine and growing grapes it is astounding, and they connected immediately.  He has had his hand in the winegrowing and winemaking process for 39 years and when he agreed to help them. They knew their dreams become reality!  They feel very blessed with the right soil and weather for a Bordeaux wine, and, since Cabernet Sauvignon is Joel’s favorite, they couldn’t be more excited.

In 2013 they purchased a second piece of property, nine acres, just a very short drive around the bend from our original land.  They already have ideas about what grapes to plant and are thinking about making a white Bordeaux blend.

They recently won Winery of the Year for Monterey County. The 2013 Rosé was awarded a Silver at The 2015 Rosé Competition at SIMI Winery in Napa. Mystic Hills Vineyard’s 2011 Unforgiven red blend was awarded a Gold Medal, while the 2011 Sequel red blend and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon both received Silver Medals.

Mystic Hills in located in San Miguel, California. At this time, they are in the process of developing a tasting room facility. For a private tasting with the wine makers, please call (805) 610-1099 or email


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