The Jackson family is well known throughout the wine industry and their brand continues to grow and expand each year. Julia Jackson, a daughter of Barbara Banke and the late Jess Jackson is a vital part of that success and vision. A Scripps College graduate, Julia is also very involved in philanthropy and giving back. In fact, the charity that she founded, Cambria Seeds of Empowerment is a great example of how women can help each other to succeed. Julia cites her mother’s influence in learning more about empowerment and fostering an environment that supports and encourages strong and successful women.
Another project that has captured Julia’s imagination is the idea of bringing the Cabernet varietal to the Sonoma County area. Vérité La Joie is a Cabernet and Bordeaux blend that has been received quite favorably. Jackson believes that the area is well-suited for growing this grape and she believes that there is room in Sonoma for the Cabernet varietal to join the popular Pinot Noir and Chardonnays. Her vision is taking shape and there are more producers who have become interested in Cabernet after witnessing the success of Vérité La Joie. Its popularity continues to grow as does the interest of producing this varietal in Sonoma.
Jackson is no stranger to the winemaking world and some of her earliest memories include picking grapes alongside her father when she was a child. Her family is very tight knit and the Jackson Family Wines company is a piece of all of them. Julia even has a vineyard named after her, something that her parents did to honor her birth. Julia’s Vineyard continues to produce many exquisite varietals. It will be interesting to see what projects Julia Jackson tackles next as she balances her role as company spokesperson for Jackson Family Wines with her many passions. The Jackson family continues to honor their deep history in the winemaking world while always keeping an eye on the future. Their empire continues to grow across the globe, and the influence of the family’s company on the world of wine is indisputable. Julia Jackson is one to watch.