Jackson Family Wines Winery Aims to Make a Difference

Julia Jackson is an heiress and proprietor of Jackson Family Wines. She was born in San Francisco as the daughter to Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson, who founded the Kendall-Jackson Winery in 1982. Since then, Kendall-Jackson has grown into Jackson Family Wines, an internal wine organization spanning six countries and comprises over 50 wineries.

From 2006-2010, Julia studied at Scripps College in Claremount, CA where she graduated from with a major in Studio Art. She also received a Summer Certificate at Stanford Business School from the Stanford Summer Institute of General Management in 2010, which likely serves her well today in her current role working with the international sales team at Jackson Family Wines. Her lifetime experience of growing up on a winery and being surrounded by Northern California’s wine scene has taught her a thing or two about the best types of wine in the region. For instance, while Sonoma is best known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals, she believes its best varietals are Cabernets. To buttress this claim, one of her company’s winery’s newest offerings, Vérité La Joie, is a Cabernet-dominant Bordeaux blend that can hold its own next to some of Napa’s most famous and expensive Cabernets.

Besides working for her family’s wine business, Ms. Jackson has also founded the Cambria Seeds of Empowerment, a program through the Cambria Winery designed to empower women who have achieved great career success despite having needed to overcome great obstacles to get there. The program awards up to $100,000 annually to non-profit organizations that embody the organization’s three pillars of equality, community, and spirit.

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