Julia Jackson: Passion for Family and Community, Wine, and Business

Julia Jackson was born into the wine business. One could almost imagine her first sight out of the womb was rows of beautiful grapes shining in the sun. Truthfully, she was born in San Francisco in 1988; however, Julia often talks about her father, Jess Jackson, making she and her siblings pick grapes at a young age and in triple digit heat. During the summers and after school during the year Julia also work at several of the family’s wineries where she learned about wines and the winery business.

From 2006 to 2010 Miss Jackson attended Scripps College, a small but well-respected liberal arts school where Julia earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Studio Art. In 2010, she also went to the Stanford Summer Institute of General Management and came away with a Summer Certificate from Stanford Business School.

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With Julia’s education now added to the fatherly lessons from her youth, she has taken her rightful place in the family business, and she knows her wines. Julia argues that although Sonoma has a reputation for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, she believes it’s the best place for Cabernet.

Julia’s mother, Barbara Banke, who runs the family business since the death of her husband, also influenced her daughter’s approach to life. Inspired by her mother’s warrior spirit and the many other women who have overcome life’s obstacles Julia founded Cambria Seeds of Empowerment in 2014. The organization awards $100,000 cash grants to nonprofits that embody the program’s spirit. In addition to the Kendall-Jackson brand, the family of wines includes La Crema and Cambria.