Julia Jackson, of Jackson Family Wines, has taken her place in the business as part of the second generation of the Jackson-Kendall Wineries which were founded by her father and mother, Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke. In her role as part of the international sales team, Julia has proven her strong work ethic in marketing her family’s wines to a current generation.Jackson was born in 1988 in San Francisco, California but spent her childhood and youth living, and working, among the wineries owned by her parents. It was at her father’s knee that she grew to understand the importance of hard work and to appreciate the effort that goes into becoming a success.It was during these years that Julia became friends with the daughter of a French winemaker working at one of the wineries. Through this friendship, she traveled to Bordeaux, France. Working in the vineyards, she quickly learned all she could of the culture and her adopted country’s winemaking methods.
Jackson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Scripps College, one of the Claremont Colleges in Southern California.A powerhouse in her own right, Julia works with a non-profit she and her sister, Katherine, set up in honor of their mother, a successful businesswoman. Seeds of Empowerment bestows grants to women they feel have risen above personal set-backs to seek out and help other women do the same.The Copain Winery was founded in 1999. Seated above the Russian River Valley, it produces primarily Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. The grapes are obtained from sustainable vineyards in Monterey and Mendocino Counties, as well as the Anderson Valley. Using French methods, and California grapes, Copain Winery makes three collections: Tous Ensemble wines, the Les Voisins wines and designate wines from a single vineyard.