“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our Story

“Mother Nature is intriguing and elusive, reigning on high with grace and beauty. For more than 40 years, we have benefitted from her generous gifts as we’ve farmed, lived, and made wine in San Luis Obispo’s Edna Valley.”

In our location on California’s Central Coast, we are eternally awestruck by the magic of her omnipresent influence; from the dry heat of the vineyards in Paso Robles, to the coastal influence on our vineyards in Edna Valley, our grapes are grown just a few miles from one of her greatest creations, the deep, blue Pacific Ocean. We respect Mother Nature for the enigma that she is, and honor her by creating wines of quality and flavor that mirror her splendor. Join us as we continue on this journey. Taste and Believe.

Family History

“The Niven Family, pioneers of the Edna Valley, have been here since day one – living, breathing and farming their historic Paragon Vineyard since 1973.”

Jack Niven came to San Luis Obispo in the early 1970s with the vision to plant a vineyard in what was then a valley of dairy farms and garbanzo beans. After working with the top viticulture professors from UC Davis and Fresno State, he determined the perfect location and planted the Paragon Vineyard in 1973. Home to the oldest continually producing Chardonnay vines in the region, the Niven family has owned and farmed this vineyard for more than 40 years. Jack later went on to petition to establish Edna Valley as an official American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1982.

Today, our portfolio focuses on exploring the endless potential and diversity in their historic Paragon Vineyard and throughout San Luis Obispo County.

True Myth is a new take on the legacy that was built by Jack Niven. We now strive to create a fresh new vision for the longstanding quality of the region.


The Historic Independence Schoolhouse, built as a one-room schoolhouse in 1909 for the local farming community, has since been updated and now houses the tasting room where True Myth is poured along with its sister wineries..


The Niven Family pioneered the Edna Valley with the planting of their historic Paragon Vineyard back in 1973.


At the foot of our Paragon Vineyard lies Islay Hill, the last extinct volcano in a string known as the “Seven Sisters” stretching from Morro Bay to our estate.


Our entire estate is SIP Certified Sustainable. We are proud to say that we have farmed in a sustainable fashion since the beginning.

Meet the Maker

Taking what Mother Nature gives us and making beautiful wine is what they do best. Our winemaker and vineyard manager are experts in their field and we are simply the lucky recipients of their craft.


Director of Winemaking

Rob Takigawa has worked for us for 19 years starting as our Tank Room Manager working up to be the Assistant winemaker, then Winemaker, and now Director of Winemaking. This year will bring his 20th vintage of working with fruit from our estate Paragon Vineyard. You name it, he has seen it with each vintage furthering his knowledge of the nuances of the Edna Valley. Fruit from our Paragon Vineyard is no doubt unique and quite different from most of California’s growing regions. Rob and his team capture this in showcasing the dynamic styles of wines displayed over the numerous varietals grown on our estate. A native of the Central Coast, Rob is a graduate of Cal Poly with a Soil Science Degree. After first understanding the science side of wine, Rob was inspired to get his hands dirty and ventured into the in winemaking side in 1997. From there he has never looked back. When not making wine he enjoys surfing, traveling with his family, and coaching his children’s sports teams.