A Photo Tour of Jackson Family Wines

From www.justluxe.com by Lena Katz
A Photo Tour of Jackson Family Wines

There’s a misconception that California’s wine country is already fully discovered, overrun by tourists, queues at every tasting room, and that all the wineries are owned by corporations. But none of this is the truth. We traveled to several estates owned by Jackson Family Wines—one of Sonoma County’s true homegrown heroes—and found that there is more than meets the eye here.

While their entry level wines are a grocery store staple, this family-owned winery also produces estate-grown and bottled Chardonnay, old vine Pinot from SIP-certified vineyards, and collectors’ wines from which all sales benefit women’s causes. Its eclectic, ever-expanding portfolio could only come from a successful California independent wine company with decades of experience working in this vast, diverse state. Take a peek at California through the Jackson Family Wines lens and discover sustainable vineyards to organic gardens, harvest parties and a birds-eye view of the countryside aboard the company jet.

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A birds-eye view of the Monterey coast, en route to Carmel Road.   

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Carmel Road’s vineyard-designated wines, arrayed for a tasting. This under-the-radar Central Coast winery boasts an A-list partnership with Drew Barrymore.

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Flowers in bloom at flagship Kendall-Jackson Winery, where head gardener Tucker Taylor maintains one of Northern California’s great culinary gardens.

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Edible beauty at a Jackson Family Wines harvest dinner.

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And this is how you feed the crowds—with a massive Spanish paella made from scratch in a huge cast iron pan, outdoors and with a vineyard backdrop.

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Hidden beauty. There’s a pond with a plume fountain, playing to no audience in the hills of Sonoma’s fabled La Crema estate.

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A master falconer demonstrates sustainable bird abatement practices in one of JFW's Central Coast vineyards.

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Hand-punching the Pinot grapes at Cambria Winery in Santa Maria.

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Another secret oasis at La Crema: a Louisiana-style bayou in the hills of Sonoma County. Not only does no one know about it, they never even dreamed of it.

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Without this, nothing else would have been possible.