Julia Jackson has reported that, thanks to the fact that the Jackson wineries have been around for generations, she has had a lifelong passion for wines. The Cambria Estate Winery was founded by Julia’s mother, Barbara Banke who worked alongside Julia’s father, Jess Jackson in the vineyards. Julia was born in San Francisco in 1988 and recalls how her father taught her and her siblings to have compassion for the process by having them sort the grapes even in the dead summer heat. In the process, she worked in several of the family’s wineries and befriended a daughter of one of the French-speaking families. This led to Julia spending a summer in Bordeaux immersing herself in the culture and improving her French.From 2006-2010, Julia attended Scripps College where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in studio art. However, she also earned a certificate in general management from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2010. She has been the proprietor of Jackson Family Wines since 2010.
In 2014, Julia founded the non-profit group called Cambria Seeds of Empowerment. The organization recognizes and celebrates women, called “Warrior Women”, who have overcome hardships and use their experiences to teach others to do the same. Julia’s family is the one that is the most well-known for their Kendall-Jackson wine brands. However, not all of the brands that they produce are Kendall-Jackson. La Crema is probably the most well-known non-Kendall-Jackson. Julia’s father, Jess Jackson bought the brand in 1993 with the help of winemaker, Dan Goldfield in order to improve its quality. La Crema was founded in 1979. However, at that time, there was very little knowledge of how to effectively process wine in the cold climate of the Russian River Valley. As a result, the first few vintages of La Crema were devoted to experimenting with that.