Julia Jackson is the daughter of Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke. Jess founded Kendall-Jackson Winery and is best known for becoming one of the most successful independent wine ever. Experts give Jackson credit for popularizing Chardonnay because his Vintners Reserve was the most popular in America for over twenty years.
After Jess passed away in 2011, Barbara took over the reins and managed to achieve even bigger successes. Barbara’s accomplishments showed Julia that women could lead with vision and purpose just like the men.
The Jackson Family business is now the largest seller of premium wines in the country. When Barbara took over, she began buying vineyards and land in California, Oregon, and Australia. The Kendall-Jackson family of wines now includes other brands like La Crema and Cambria.
Julia started college at Scripps College in 2006 where she earned a BA. Next was the Stanford Summer Institute of General Management. Here she received a Summer Certificate from Stanford Business School. Miss Jackson was prepared to join the family team at Kendall-Jackson Winery.
Before college Julia spent many hours working a variety of positions in the company under her father’s leadership. She worked and learned about wines and the wine business. Julia is especially well spoken on the subject and often argues that although Sonoma is famous for quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, she believes Sonoma’s Cabernet is among the best in the world.
Miss Jackson also spread her wings beyond the world of wine when in 2014 she founded Cambria Seeds of Empowerment. The organization honors the warrior spirit of women, like her mother, that have overcome significant obstacles to achieve success. They award $100,000 cash grants to nonprofits that exemplify that fighting spirit.