“I have been sitting in on business meetings with my mom for as long as I can remember,” says Katherine (Katie) Jackson, oldest daughter of Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson. Still in her twenties and already an industry veteran, Katie cannot remember a time when the business and art of making wine wasn’t part of her life. Born in San Francisco, California, and raised amongst the vineyards of Sonoma County, Katie was exposed to wine from as far back as she can recall. “Winemaking was just a part of our lives,” she says. “Not just the business aspect, which my mom always made sure I was a part of, but all of the other facets of the industry.”
Not content to idle away her teenage summers, Katie started working in the family business in high school. “My first harvest was at Stonestreet Winery working in the cellar,” Katie says. “I learned the basics of winemaking from the bottom up, cleaning the tanks and filters, making yeast preparations and supervising maceration.”
Katie is now a part of Jackson Family Wines, focused on sustainability and government relations. She plays an important role in telling her family story to the public. “I love sharing my family’s passion for wine.” Focusing on sustainability and government relations at Jackson Family Wines and these are areas of increasing focus for Sonoma Academy.