"When my family and I founded Kendall-Jackson in 1982, we simply wanted to create extraordinary wine from California's best vineyards."
Jess Jackson, visionary winemaker and founder of our company, was noted for popularizing Chardonnay with his Kendall-Jackson Winery and was one of the most successful independent winery owners in the world.
“We believe in the value of hard work, and embrace our responsibility as stewards of the land. Integrity, honesty and innovation are the pillars of our company.”
One of the wine industry’s inspiring leaders and innovators, Kendall-Jackson’s Chairman & Proprietor Barbara R. Banke has spent the last two decades leading the winery she co-founded with her late husband, Jess Jackson.
Raised amongst the vineyards of Sonoma County, Katie was exposed to wine from as far back as she can recall. Not content to idle away her teenage summers, Katie started working in the family business in high school. “My first harvest was in Alexander Valley at our 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.”
Christopher Jackson, youngest son of Barbara Banke and the late Jess Jackson says, “Even though I’m the youngest child, my mom and dad made sure I had the same experiences in the family business as my sisters growing up.”
“I was captivated by winegrowing from the very beginning. As farmers, as vintners, caring for the land has always been important to me.”
Laura Jackson Giron, Jess Jackson’s daughter, was Kendall-Jackson’s first employee, working out of the winery’s office in the Jackson family’s basement in the early 1980s. She was known as a “Jackson of all trades,” working in accounting, hospitality, marketing and sales. She found her true passion while helping to plant the family’s first vineyard in Lake County California with her sister, Jenny, which holds true today.
“I’m constantly inspired by the passion, hard work and vision for quality our family has embraced from the very beginning, from the grapes on the vines to the wine in the bottle.”
Jennifer (Jenny) Jackson Hartford, Jess Jackson’s oldest daughter, started working in the family business as a teenager. More than 40 years ago, in the 1970s, she and her sister Laura helped plant the family’s first vineyard in Lake County California. Jenny traveled extensively across the United States to make initial presentations and promotions of the new and, at the time, little-known Kendall-Jackson wines.