Julia Jackson is one of the amazing women behind Jackson Family Wines, which is located on the western ridges of the Mayacamas Range. She has always had an interest in wine and can still remember picking and sorting grapes in 100 degree weather as a kid. As the middle daughter of Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson who founded Jackson Family Wines in 1982, she revealed that, “My dad always made sure we appreciated what it took to become successful — I’ve never forgotten that.” To carve out her own path before coming aboard with the rest of the family at the winery, Julia Jackson graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2010 and attended Scripps College between 2006-2010 where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art.
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Julia believes that while Sonoma is known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, its Cabernet Sauvignon is the best around. Jackson Family Wines also produces some of the best Pinot Noir with its Champ de Rêves, which is a deep, aromatically-charged winebrand that is based in Mendocino County. Part of the secret of the Champ de Rêves brand is that the grapes are harvested ripe, the yields are kept low, and the lots are separated until the final blend is influenced by new oak.
Julia is also a known philanthropist who works with and founded the Cambria Seeds of Empowerment program in 2014. The program offers $100,000 in grant money to nonprofit programs that are dedicated to the empowerment of women. Julia has stated that, “To fit into the corporate world as a woman, you’re often told to act other than yourself. We want to celebrate those who exemplify great success but are also authentic.” It has been to this end that Julia Jackson has supported women and the Cambria Seeds of Empowerment program.