Julia Jackson is a wine proprietor and a native of San Francisco, California. She grew up in a family of vintners. Therefore, she always had a deep interest in the wine business even when she was a child. Julia’s parents, Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson, are her mentors and have been in this line of work long before she was born.

Julia’s background in the wine business

When Julia was a child, her father made her and the other kids in her neighborhood, pick grapes while he explained to her the essence of hard work. It is this values instilled in her as a child that have made Julia a guru in the wine industry. While other kids went to play during the summer holidays, she worked at her family’s vineyard along with other winemakers and employees. During this time, Julia learned to speak French fluently. While growing up, she enjoyed spending her summer vacations in Bordeaux, learning the French culture. This background enabled her to secure a job of teaching French to sixth-grade students while she was in college.

Julia’s philanthropic involvement

Julia is the founder of Cambria Seeds of Empowerment, an organization she established in 2014 that celebrates women who have succeeded in business against all the odds and are inspiring others. Under Julia’s management, the Cambria Seeds of Empowerment awards about $100,000 worth of grants to organizations that share the same values as this institution. Additionally, the groups seeking for grants must hold the values of equality, spirit, and community involvement in high regard. Aside from empowering young women, this organization also celebrates women in leadership. Julia’s family company, Cambria Winery, recognizes and supports the Cambria Seeds of Empowerment’ mission and vision. Julia works in collaboration with her sister, who is an active vintner, and their mother, who runs the administrative roles of the company. She also works with Denise Shurtleff, an experienced winemaker who has been with their firm since 1999.

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