The Jackson family entered the wine business in 1974 when Jess Jackson purchased an 80-acre orchard and turned it into a vineyard. Since their humble origins, the family has expanded to cross international lines and now produces wine in six countries worldwide. The brands they produce are Champ de Rêves, Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard, Calina, Château Lassègue, Arcanum, and Capensis. With so much success, the company strongly felt the need to give back to others and that is when they formed Seeds of Empowerment in 2014. The program offers an annual $100k grant to women and charities in an effort to give others the power to help people internationally. The grant goes to all sorts of deserving organizations or individuals in different areas; this provides diverse help in a different way each year.
Julia Jackson comes from a family where wine runs in their veins; her father is Jess Jackson, which alone should speak volumes. Julia received her bachelor’s degree from Scripps College and her master’s degree from Stanford University. She immediately joined the family business in an official capacity with a passion for the industry. Julia feels that Chardonnay is one of Sonoma, California’s best varietals and that is coming from a woman who seriously knows her international wines. Jackson continues to work with her family’s business in the international sales department.