Jess Jackson, founder of Jackson Family Wines died in 2011 after fighting a battle against skin cancer. His wife, Barbara Banke worked to take over his business following his death. The sole mantra for the family is to expand no matter what. In the last recent years, they have expanded into Oregon and more recently in Australia as well as South Africa. The main lesson that the kids have taken from their parents is to keep growing, expand and acquire even more land.
The Jackson Family Wines has control over 30,000 acres and is the largest owner for the coastal vineyards in the Oregon and California region. The vineyard in Oregon alone is the largest vineyard in Oregon. These wines that come out of Oregon are much richer in flavor, is more ripe and also contains a much lower alcohol content than other wines.
Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke raised their children with the hopes that they would eventually run the business once their parents are no longer here on earth. The children spent much of their childhood in the fields helping to sort and pick grapes off the vines. They learned early on everything that they would need to know in order to learn the families business. For Julia, she loved spending her time in the fields. Julia Jackson loved learning everything she needed to know about the family business. Now she hopes to help other women learn things they need to know about being empowered.
The Jackson family has a nonprofit that they help with that helps women become empowered. The Cambria Seeds of Empowerment was founded in 2014. This is a program that helps women be celebrated and to help them to overcome the obstacles that they have dealt with during their lives. They award $100,000 dollars annually to help with nonprofits that assist in equality, spirit and community support.