Julia Jackson: A Young Legacy in the Wine Industry

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.

Learn more: https://theatlanta100.com/food/2015/10/21/warrior-women-of-wine

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

Changing Times in the UK Wine Market

The job of a UK vintner is to sell the wine. Wine can be made out of so many different things that you will never taste every flavor that they can come up with.

Here is an example of a common vineyard that could be found all over Europe and how the product makes it from the ground to the bottle.

The Grower

A vigneron works closely with the vintner to make the best quality wine possible. The vigneron on cultivates the main ingredient of the wine and is essential. If his product is sub-par, the wine will be sub-par, no matter who makes it. Both the placement of the field and personal care helps the produce grow to the best of its ability.

Manufacture and Sale

Next, the Negociant acts as a wine merchant. UK Vintners buy, sell, and trade in wine and all the ingredients that go into it. This is the person that does that actual wine making as well. When they sell the wine it is sold under their name, not the owner of the vineyards.

Why Have a Middle Man?

Negociants assumed this position as marketer of adult beverages because in years past it was hard for vineyard owners to have any access to buyers. They would employ these middle men to dispose of their product. It was too expensive for most growers to buy the necessary equipment to complete the bottled wine as well. Some owners of vineyards do make their own wine and act as Negociant, as well.

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Bring in the Reinforcements

Viticulture is the science of grapes. A vitaculturist assists the vigneron with identifying where improvements can be made to improve quality. The vigneron monitors the growing grapes until maturity then harvests them. At harvest time the crushing and pressing of the grapes removes the juice. It takes patients to wait for the fermentation to complete. When the decision is made the concoction is filtered to remove any solid skin or stems. Finally, a taste test will need to be taken before the creation is separated into bottles, both jobs left to the vigneron.

Once the wine is completed it needs to be sold or drank. Some wines are aged while others are bottled right away. The vineyards today does not need to follow these rules of UK Vintners anymore but habit and respect for the way things once were keep these traditions alive.

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