Jackson Family Wines founders Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke exposed their youngest daughter, Julia Jackson, to winemaking early. As a child, Julia would pick and sort grapes in the heat, giving her valuable hands-on experience in the field she would work in as an adult.
Julia Jackson spent time in France where she became fluent in the French language and art of winemaking. She graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, California with a degree in Studio Art. Afterwards, she received a General Management Certificate from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Julia continues to work for the family business and is now the spokesperson of Jackson Family Wine’s Cambria Estates. She also founded Cambria Seeds of Empowerment, an organization which donates $100,000 annually to nonprofits who celebrate “Warrior Women” in business; that is, nonprofits who promote community, equality and spirit.
Jackson Family Wines has estates all over the world, including Chile, France, Italy, South Africa, and Australia. Julia highlights the quality of Jackson Family Wines by pointing out that one of their Cabernets, Vérité, has a place as one of the best wines in Sonoma. This argument opposes the common viewpoint that the best Cabernets come from Napa. Julia has stated that she wants Sonoma to continue into the forefront of locals for top-end Cabernets.