Jackson Family

Jackson Family

For 30 years, the Jackson family has sustainably farmed and passionately tended our remarkable Santa Maria estate. Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson’s daughters, Katie Jackson and Julia Jackson, grew up among these vines. Drawn to the grit and beauty of winemaking, Katie and Julia continue the family business. Together with Barbara Banke’s keen knowledge of the industry and incredible business sense, Katie’s passion for sustainability and the land, and Julia’s creative backbone and dedication to empowering communities, the women of Cambria shape who we are today.

Barbara Banke
Barbara Banke
Owner and Founder

“I like to see a parcel of land or vineyard and if it has potential, to make it better, take perfect soil, a perfect location - and know that you can turn it into something that’s world-class.”

Katie Jackson
Katie Jackson
Proprietor

“My dad used to always say that we are farmers first. Since we farm our grapes, we can focus on sustainability throughout the year and identify ways to be greener throughout the winery and vineyards.”

Julia Jackson
Julia Jackson
Proprietor

“Cambria stands for exceptional quality. It also stands for the community and strong women working together to make great things happen.” 

"We have wonderful people working here who are dedicated to our shared goal. They are family, plain and simple."
- Barbara Banke

Vineyard Family

The men and women of Cambria have over 200 years of experience cultivating this land and crafting our inspiring wines. For three decades, Cambria winemaker Denise Shurtleff has been honing her ability as a vine whisperer, creating Santa Maria Valley wines that showcase the nuance of the region. Matt Mahoney, Vineyard Manager and Patrick Huguenard, Vineyard Director are natives of this valley where they farmed the soil on family ranches from a young age. Now, along with the rest of the Cambria family, they oversee the care of the precious benchland and tend to the rows of grapes stretching across the plateau, warmed by the lingering afternoon sun.

Cambria Benchbreak Pinot Noir - Vineyard Family
Denise Shurtleff
Denise Shurtleff
General Manager

"When I get to the winery around 6:30, the light is amazing. I’ll stand by the winery with the mountains behind me and the Siquoc River below and gaze out over the vineyards. I know it’s quite an understatement, but this is really quite a remarkable place."

Jill Delariva Russell
Jill DelaRiva Russell
Winemaker

“Cambria played an integral role in establishing the Santa Maria Valley as a premier wine region, and I’m honored to be able to continue the tradition of world-class, cool-climate winemaking that showcases the special nuances of this estate."

Matt Mahoney
Matt Mahoney
Vineyard Manager

“I’m a fifth generation farmer, so we’ve been here for a long, long time. Because of our extensive knowledge of the climate, the soils, the rootstocks and the clones, we’re really able to get our viticulture side of things dialed in to make the highest quality wines possible in the region where we are. And that, in my mind, is one of the things that makes Cambria really special.”

"If these hills could talk, we’d hear about a long line of people thriving on and tending to this land. We are honored to continue the tradition."
- Katie Jackson

Estate

Where the foothills rise up from the valley floor on the Santa Maria Bench sits Cambria Estate Winery. Family-owned, sustainably-farmed, and passionately tended by a team proud to be stewards of this remarkable property, each wine bearing the Cambria name is grown, produced and bottled on the estate.

Cambria Estate Vineyards

Katherine's Vineyard

Katherine's Vineyard

Katie Jackson’s namesake vineyard is planted in shallow sand and granite, draining away moisture and restricting vine vigor, forcing the vines to draw nourishment to the fruit, creating full ripeness and balanced acidity. The Benchbreak Chardonnay all comes from this vineyard, where 34 blocks are made up of both old and new clones. 

Julia's Vineyard

Julia's Vineyard

Julia's Vineyard

Julia Jackson’s namesake vineyard was planted in 1991 in the heart of the Santa Maria bench on ancient, alluvial sandy-loam.  The Benchbreak Pinot Noir is all sourced from Julia’s Vineyard, made up of 8 different Pinot Noir clones, all sustainably farmed 500 feet above sea level. 

Tepusquet Vineyard

Tepusquet Vineyard

On the eastern edge of Cambria lies the Tepusquet Vineyard. The downward slope of the land shelters the vines planted on this historic riverbed from the prevailing winds. This distinctive terroir gives way to rich, ripe, highly concentrated wines with balanced acidity.

Our Land

Cambria Vineyards

Our Land

Situated along an east-west running coastline and carved from transverse mountain ranges with valleys that are open to the ocean, northern Santa Barbara County has one of the longest growing seasons in California. The sun here is fierce, and the days are long. Emerald greens become softly muted as dusk light mingles with evening fog, providing natural refrigeration for the vines. The cool maritime climate, diverse soil types, and striking geography all contribute to make the region something extraordinary.

Vineyards

Cambria Vineyards

Vineyards

Estate defines the culture of Cambria. Our wines, a faithful expression of the estate, come from four distinct vineyards, each imparting its characteristics into the wine – the fractured rock, the grains of sand, the elevation, the degree of sunlight, the movement of the wind, the caress of the fog. 

Sustainability

Sustainability - Falcon Box
Sustainability is a way of life at Cambria, acknowledging the generations that loved this land before us and generations that will one day be its stewards. We take seriously our responsibility to the wildlife, watersheds and communities that inhabit Santa Maria. All are integral to its present and future. Rotating cover crops, composting, water conservation, integrated pest management and animal habitat corridors that keep the land wild are just a few of the ways we’re in it for the long run.

Sustainability

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"Producing world-class wines that embody the spirit and character of this special place is at the core of our business, and our commitment to sustainable farming and preserving the land for future generations provides the framework for our practices."
- Barbara Banke

Winemaking & Viticulture

Diversity is essential to the complexity of our wines. Vineyard Managers Matt Mahoney and Pat Hugenard will be quick to tell you that wine is made in the vineyard, and the Cambria team is foremost a team of farmers, hands in the dirt. The grapes grown here are bursting with vibrant acidity and ripe fruit flavors. Winemaker Denise Shurtleff showcases their character through her unique winemaking style, letting the grapes tell Cambria’s story – the bench elevating the vines above the valley floor, the crushed seashells in the alluvial soils, the fog that creeps in off the ocean at night. 

Cambria Benchbreak Pinot Noir - Winemaking & Viticulture
"Barbara and Jess were pioneers in this area, exposing this area and making it known for the quality of grapes that are grown here."
- Denise Shurtleff

Artisan Program

In 1995 we began collaborating with renowned winemakers from the region to create individual interpretations of Pinot Noir from Julia’s Vineyard while illustrating the influences and contributions of terroir and winemaking technique. Each winemaker selects their unique palate – an individual block of our Julia’s Vineyard – which they harvest to craft their own wines. The results are educational, delicious and unmistakably Julia's, conveying the spirit of creative endeavor innate to the wine artisans of Santa Barbara County.

Cambria Pinot Noir - Artisan Program

Byron Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir

Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir is always very approachable and open, with lots of fruit and floral expressions. Feminine with a bit of an edge...
-Jonathan Nagy Winemaker

Foxen Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir

Julia's Pinot Noir is our mature woman: wise, soft, round, yet strong. Power without weight.
-Bill Wathen
Dick Doré
Winemakers

Hitching Post Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir

We always enjoy Julia's for its deep cherry flavors and its ability to age gracefully into a complex glass of Santa Maria Pinot that gives you a nice combination of earth, spice and cherry fruit.
-Frank Ostini
Winemaker
and partner-in-crime Gary Hartley

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