Julia Jackson was literally born into the wine industry. From picking grapes in 100-degree weather to learning about the inner workings of her father’s company, Jackson Family Wines, she was curious about wine at an early age, making her choice of career path rather easy. Born in San Francisco, CA in 1988 to Jackson Family Wine proprietors, Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke, it was due to this connection with the family business that Julia would go on to discover her other passion. During her youth, as she spent summers around Jackson Family Wines, she developed a lifelong bond with an employee’s daughter who spoke French. From then on Julia Jackson has been captivated by the French, eventually taking trips to France with her childhood friend. As Julia got older her two passions collided when she took a position in Bordeaux, France to focus on French sales distribution. While in Bordeaux she also worked supervising harvesting at the family-owned Chateau Lassegue, eventually elevating her career to the level of a proprietor at Jackson Family Wines.
Attending Scripps College as an undergraduate, Julia Jackson furthered her education by attending the Stanford Summer Institute of General Management, all taking place between 2006 and 2010. While she attributes much of her success to her education, she often recalls her time as a youth plucking grapes from their vines as her motivation to be so career-oriented. Many days Julia Jackson works 14-hour shifts to ensure maximum productivity in her sector of the company. As Jackson Family Wines continues its expansion, they, with Julia Jackson squarely at the forefront, began championing the wines of Sonoma County, as they have often been compared to the wines of Napa Valley, although not traditionally held in as high regard. Two of the most popular wines available from Jackson Family Wines are the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.