Jackson Family Wines has been in business long before Julia Jackson was even born with her father, Jess Jackson, and her mother, Barbara Banke, working their winery together. Once she was old enough, Julia joined the family business, picking grapes for the family’s line of wines and learning the business from the ground up.
Today, Julia serves as a spokeswoman for Cambria Estates and establishes a traditional focus for Jackson Family Wines that diverges from the trendy tastes of millennials in favor of those wine affectionados who stay loyal to established brands. Ms. Jackson says Jackson Family Wines and Cambria Estate Winery are devoted to the values her father promoted throughout his life, adding that the family business is invested in continuing far into the future.
Before returning home to invest in the future of Jackson Family Wines, Julia attended Scripps College in Claremont, California. Ms. Jackson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2010. From there, she pursued a certification in general business management from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Learn more about the wines on thedrinksbusiness.com.
Julia also spent a summer in Bordeaux, France, learning the language of the country and developing a deep love of French culture. While in France, Julia learned the process of traditional French winemaking, an education she later supplemented with Master Sommelier Introductory Course upon returning home.
Taking her place in Jackson Family Wines, Julia has since infused the family business with that love of French culture.
Julia also has a passion for feminist issues and, in 2014, founded the Cambria Seeds of Empowerment, a non-profit organization for the support of women worldwide. The organization recognizes “warrior women” and encourages other women to overcome their individual hardships to achieve the dreams. Each year, Cambria Seeds of Empowerment awards $100,000 to organizations that promote “equality, community, and spirit” through their own individual programs.
“I feel like there aren’t enough role models for little girls and young women to look up to in the media,” said Jackson. “Seeds of Empowerment acknowledge those who have overcome adversity but also celebrate the strength of women as leaders.”
Making its home in Sonoma County, Jackson Family Wines produces a variety of wines, but Julia names the Cabernet as the best wine from the area. She also touts the value of Sonoma County for the production of fine wines, suggesting the area could offer Napa Valley stiff competition with just a little more marketing.
One such wine produced by Jackson Family Wines is the Trace Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, which is described as a “deep, rich, chunky, full-bodied and voluptuous” blend.
Julia Jackson adds that her goal for Jackson Family Wines is to continue family traditions, while also caring for the planet to ensure a promising future.