The wine industry is mostly male-dominated, but that is in the process of changing. Educated and poised Julia Jackson of Jackson Family Wines is sharing her passion for wine and continuing her family’s legacy.Her love for wine started at an early age. Her father Jess Jackson and mother Barbara Banke are legendary in the wine industry. It all started in 1974 when Jess Jackson purchased a whopping 80 acres in Lake County. It was a pear and walnut orchard and Jess turned it into a winery. In 1983 Kendall-Jackson Winery debuted their first wine, which was award-winning.In 1988 Julia Jackson was born, giving way to another generation of wine makers. Her father taught her and her siblings what hard work is. They would work during the summer in the vineyards picking and sorting grapes in 100 degree weather. They also learned to value their success, and not take it for granted. As a young adult she attended Scripps College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art in 2009.
Julia Jackson went on to get her certificate in General Management at Stanford Graduate School Business in 2009.The family owns a number of wineries all over the world. They make chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Every bottle of wine is made with care, knowledge, and a lot of love. It’s no wonder they are award-winning. Julia is also very passionate about giving back, especially to women. In 2014 Julia founded Cambria Seeds of Empowerment. Every year they give away $100,000 in cash grants to non-profit organizations that exemplify the program’s main points, which are community, spirit, and equality. It is all about women who have overcame life’s challenges to become leaders and teach others to do the same. Julia feels like there are not enough strong female leaders and role models in the media today, so she has made it her mission to support women who are changing the world.