“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, our family has 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.

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The Niven Family owns and farms 50% of all the Chardonnay grown in the Edna Valley

5

The number of continents on which winemaker Christian Roguenant has made wine

77 & 92

The average July high temps in Edna Valley and Paso Robles, respectively

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.

The second and third generations of the Niven family have since continued his legacy. Today their 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. The family is now striving to create a fresh new vision for the longstanding quality of the region.

SCHOOLHOUSE

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 from the Niven Family.

HISTORY

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

LOCATION

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.

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 Makers

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.

CHRISTIAN ROGUENANT

Winemaker

Christian Roguenant was born to make wine. A native of the Burgundy region of France, he grew up surrounded by vineyards. Christian decided early on to become a winemaker, studying enology and winemaking at the University of Dijon. There, he honed his skills early and has since made wine in numerous countries across five continents. The opportunity to make exceptional wines in San Luis Obispo County led him to the Central Coast. He is a winemaker with over three decades of vintages under his belt and has been with the Niven Family since 1998. When Christian is not crafting our beautiful True Myth wines, he is an avid chef, photographer, and guitar player.

SCOTT WILLIAMS

Vineyard Manager

Scott Williams has been farming the Niven Family’s Paragon Vineyard for over a decade. He is a cool climate expert who knows San Luis Obispo County viticulture like the back of his hand. Ask him what the average rainfall or highest temperature day was back in 2006 and he’ll probably know the answer. Working outside amongst Mother Nature’s beauty is a perfect fit for this avid outdoorsman – when he’s not nurturing the vines that produce grapes for our True Myth wines, you might find him mountain biking on one of SLO’s many trails, training for a rock climbing trip up El Capitan, or at the beach surfing.