Julie Jackson’s education in wine-making started early. Her father, legendary winemaker Jess Jackson, raised her around the business – as a kid she picked and sorted grapes and she cleaned tanks and filters.
It has helped her become an integral part of Jackson Family Wines, one of the largest family-owned winemakers in the country. Today, she works in the marketing department and international sales team for Sonoma County-based Jackson Family Wines.
But her family’s influence – both father and mother – has also led her to reach beyond the wine business to make a difference in the world.
So Jackson, who is not yet 30, founded the non-profit Cambria Seeds of Empowerment in 2014. The organization awards $100,000 a year to non-profits and “celebrates remarkable women leaders and charitable organizations,” according to its website.
“The wine business is very male dominated, even in California,” Jackson told the Breakthru Beverage Group. “We want to celebrate those who exemplify great success but are also authentic.”
Born in 1988, Jackson graduated from Scripps College and pursued graduate studies at Stanford University. Her taste for the wine business was nourished by working a grape harvest abroad in Bordeaux. After college, she studied further in France, where she honed her business acumen.
She knows her wine. Jullia Jackson states that Cabernet is one of the best wines produced in Sonoma County. And her family’s Verite has been recognized as one of the best. Jackson Family Wines also produces Kendell-Jackson.
In addition to great wines, Jackson Family Wines is also a leader in sustainable farming and drought-mitigation measures, according to The New York Times.
“In terms of honoring my father’s legacy, it’s all about keeping it within the family,” she told Breakthru Beverage. “So long as the planet is healthy, my family wants to stay in the wine business and keep making quality products.”