When it comes to harvesting a successful vintage, whether in wine or in life, Cambria Estate Winery’s Julia Jackson knows that you have to take a long view of things. That philosophy guides her work with the Cambria Seeds of Empowerment, and the wines that her family vineyard produces.
Julia Jackson’s wine education began from a very early age, which is only to be expected since she was literally born into the wine industry. However, it has become one of her own passions as she grew up. She made close friends with a French-speaking daughter of one of her family’s wine making partners, and spent an entire summer in Bordeaux, France, studying the language and learning more about French wines.
She earned a bachelor of art at Scripps College from 2006-2010, and then spent another year studying for her General Management Certificate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. After that, she became the Spokesperson for her family’s company, Jackson Family Wine, and co-founded Rex Apps, an app that helps people identify trendy bars and restaurants in their area.
As a millennial woman in business, Julia understood that many other women needed a powerful role model, even as she looked up to her own mother, who had founded the Cambria Estate Winery with her father. Her mother’s story and her own dreams inspired her to create the Cambria Seeds of Empowerment scholarship for “warrior women” who overcome life’s challenges and reach out to other women in their communities to help raise them up as well. It awards 100,000 dollars a year in grants to non-profits that share her goals.
Through it all, she stays close to the family roots. One of their wines was named after her, the Cambria Estate Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, which was named Wine of the Year by Wine Enthusiast.
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