Some could say that wine was in Julia Jackson’s blood – who is the middle daughter of Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke – names synonymous with fine wine. While she currently serves as the spokesperson for Camrbia Wines, she has a long, diligent road to establish herself as a leader in the wine industry. Growing up Julia was consistently surrounded by the wine business and the art of making wine. For her, it was a family affair and she participated actively with her family in the process from her earliest memories until today. Her father instilled hard work in her, and she has fond memories of she and friends sorting out grapes in the heat in order to contribute to their family business.
Julia Jackson kept that work ethic with her through life. In the summers and after school she worked diligently at the family’s wineries where she eventually met a good friend who was a native of France that eventually brought her to Bordeaux for a summer where she really developed her passion of French wines.
Julia attended Scripps College and then earned a General Management degree from Stanford.
In addition to her work with wine, Julia founded Cambria Seeds of Empowerment in 2014. The goal of the program is to celebrate women who have overcome hardships in their personal lives and are now striving to inspire others. The foundation calls them “Warrior Women.” The foundation donates $100,000 in grants each year to nonprofit organizations that align with the program’s goals.
The winery also produces small batches including wines from two vineyards named for Barbara’s daughters. This includes the Cambria Estate Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir. This wine was highlighted as a Wine of the Year by the infamous Wine Enthusiast.