Julia Jackson: To The (Wine) Estate Born

Julia Jackson, daughter of Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke, and proprietor of Sonoma County’s largest wine empire, Jackson Family Wines, was born in San Francisco in 1988. She grew up surrounded by, working in, and learning, the vineyards.

She graduated from Scripps College, part of the Claremont Colleges, in Southern California. There Julia obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art. She then attended Stanford Graduate School where she completed an intensive Summer Institute for General Management. Returning home after travelling to the Bordeaux and Champagne regions of France, Julia returned home to complete the Master Sommelier Introductory Course.

Jackson Family Wines encompasses a wide array of vineyards and wineries, the best-known is Kendall Jackson. There are some lesser known brands as well. Cambria Winery was founded in 1987 on the Santa Maria Bench in Santa Barbara County. Now overseen by Julia Jackson, her sister, Katherine, and their mother, Barbara, Cambria Winery remains family-owned and sustainably farmed. Every Cambria wine has been grown, produced and bottled on the Estate. Cambria winery is home to Julia’s Vineyard, devoted to Pinot Noir. The winemakers that take part in the Julia’s Vineyard Artisan Program believe it is one of Santa Barbara County’s best.

Julia, and her sister, Katherine, cofounded Cambria Seeds of Empowerment, a non-profit organization that honors, what she refers to as, “Warrior Women”, women who have inspired others to succeed and overcome adversity. Cash grants of $100,000, yearly, are presented to non-profit groups that uphold the ideals of equality, community and spirit.

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Though steeped in many varieties of wine, Jackson maintains that La Joie, a cabernet dominant-Bordeaux blend, from Verite Winery in Sonoma County, is the best. She states, “Sonoma has a reputation for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but we believe it’s the best place for Cabernet.”