“I’ve always had an interest in wine,” says Julia Jackson, middle daughter of Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke. “I know that sounds silly considering we were surrounded by wine and winemaking our whole lives, but I truly was interested in the business from as far back as I can remember.”
Born in San Francisco, California, in 1988, Julia recalls her father making the kids pick and sort grapes in 100-degree weather while he explained the importance of hard work. “My dad always made sure we appreciated what it took to become successful — I’ve never forgotten that.”
After school and during the summers, Julia worked at several of the Jackson family wineries where she formed a life-long bond with the French-speaking daughter of one of the winemakers employed by the family. This friendship led to a formative summer in Bordeaux, learning French and immersing herself in a culture she loves to this day. “French has been a lifelong passion,” she says. “Being in France, around the vineyards and learning the French style of winemaking was a highlight of my life.” Her fluency in the language led to a teaching position during her college years, teaching French to sixth-graders.
Julia now works alongside the international sales team at Jackson Family Wines, helping to introduce her family’s wines to a new generation of wine drinkers around the globe.