As the youngest daughter of the wine industry archetypes Jess Jackson and Barbra Banke, the co-founders of the famous Jackson Family Wines, Julia grew up in the industry. Julia used to pick and sort grapes with her father as a child. She now is a prominent figure in the industry. Julia holds a certificate in General Management from the Stanford School of Business, as well as a degree from Scripps College in Studio Arts. Julia, along with her mother and sister Katie, own and run the Cambria Estate Vineyards and Winery in the Santa Maria Valley.
Inspired by her mother’s business acumen and ambition, Julia wanted to empower inspirational women, who push through hardships and obstacles to lead and support their communities. Julia noted that strong female role models are necessary to inspire women empowerment. From there, Cambria Seeds of Empowerment was born. The Program provides up to $100,000 each year in grants to organizations that are working towards equality, community, and spirit. The initiative was launched in 2014. Cambria Seeds of Empowerment grants were awarded to activists working in Myanmar and Tanzania, both women, working on related projects. As a consumer, you can purchase Seeds of Empowerment Wines, to support the program. Seeds of Empowerment Wines have the added bonus of including an original watercolor painting by Julia herself, highlighting one of her many creative talents.
The Family’s different brands of Cabernet, most notably La Joie, Le Désir, and La Muse, have continually received high praise and scores from wine experts.