For Julia Jackson wine has always been a family business. As the youngest daughter of Jess Jackson, founder of Jackson Family Wines, she grew up picking and sorting grapes. Now she’s the spokesperson for the Sonoma County, California-based winery which still remains one of just a few winery groups that is family-owned and operated. As Julia was growing up, she watched her mother, Barbara Banke, work at her father’s side for the better part of his career. In 1987 Julia’s mother founded Cambria Estate Wineries, for which Julia is now spokesperson as well. Additionally, both Julia and her sister Katherine are regular vintners at Cambria Estates.
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While working at her family’s winery, she’s participated in the creation of many successful brands, including Jackson Family Winery’s flagship wine out of Sonoma County, Vérité. Besides the competitive quality of its wines, Jackson Family Wineries is also known for its sustainable farming practices. In 2014 Julia Jackson founded the non-profit organization Cambria Seeds of Empowerment, named for her mother’s winery. The organization awards $100,000 in cash grants each year to other not-for-profits that honor “Warrior Women” who have overcome adversity and can therefore inspire others to do the same.
Julia Jackson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Arts in 2010 from Scripps College. That same year she also earned a Certificate in General Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is also the cofounder of Rex Apps, a news app focused on distributing real-time restaurant and bar information and updates. Julia Jackson professes that although Sonoma County is perhaps best appreciated for its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, she and her family believe it produces the best Cabernets in the world.