Julia Jackson is the proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, and spokesperson for the company’s Cambria Estates Winery. She is the youngest daughter of company founder Jess Jackson and his wife and co-proprietor Baraba Banke, and the inspiration for one of its most celebrated wines, Cambria Estates Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir.
A graduate of Scripps College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Jackson is also the founder of the nonprofit Cambria Seeds Of Empowerment. Seeds of Empowerment, a program which awards $100,000 annually in cash grants to organizations which further its core pillars of community, quality and spirit. As a wine industry executive as well as an active vintner, Jackson is well versed in the challenges women face in achieving business success and the pressures to act “other than yourself” within the corporate world. Seeds Of Empowerment aims to celebrate “Warrior Women” who often overcome great hardship to exemplify great success and inspire others in their community.
Growing up immersed in the family business,picking and sorting grapes as a small child, Jackson soon gained a keen understanding of the land, climate, soil and unique grape varietals that set Sonoma County apart. This early hands on education led to a lifelong commitment to sustainable farming and the small-lot, individually focused vineyard practices which are crucial to producing Cambria Estates award winning wines. A passionate advocate for Sonoma’s wines, she believes many of its vintages rival those from Napa Valley and other Southern California wine producing regions. Sonoma Cabernet she argues, is of excellent quality, and one of the best wines produced by the region. As the international spokesperson for Jackson Family Wines, Jackson is committed to stewarding her family’s legacy and introducing Jackson Family Wines to wine enthusiasts across the globe.