As the proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, Julia Jackson knows everything that there is to know about winemaking. She grew up picking grapes with her father, Jess Jackson, who founded the Kendall-Jackson wine business. While Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bachelor of Arts in addition to receiving a general management certificate from Stanford Graduate School of Business, her real education came from working in several of the 44 wineries owned by Jackson Family Wines. Jackson spent a year in France working on her wine production education and learning French as well.
One winery, Cambria Winery, must be Jackson’s favorite; in 2010, its individual vineyard parcels produced Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, a Wine of the Year by Wine Enthusiast. Julia also named her charity, Cambria Seeds of Empowerment, after the vineyard. The program honors women who have overcome adversity and are inspiring other women to do the same. Each year, Cambria Seeds of Empowerment awards grants $100,000 nonprofits that uphold the program’s values.
Currently, Jackson works with the communications and marketing departments of Jackson Family Wines where she is revamping specific wine’s websites and updating the image of the company’s international brands.
In addition to her interest’s in wine making, Jackson is ardent about environmental conservation and she is passionate about art.