“I believe England is the most exciting place in the world to be making wine right now.”
A family-owned wine company with a collection of 40 wineries in significant winegrowing regions across the world such as California, France, Australia and South Africa is now expanding to the UK.
Jackson Family Wines, the family-owned wine company founded in 1982, has announced it will expand its premium wine portfolio into the United Kingdom with winemaker Charlie Holland at the production helm.
This represents Jackson Family Wines’ first foray into English wine and will complement its vineyard and winery holdings in cool-climate winegrowing regions around the world.
The family seeks to grow and produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the region, with a full range of vintage and non-vintage sparkling wines and vintage still wines. The family is also in the process of acquiring land to be planted to vines in Essex’s Crouch Valley.
Barbara Banke, chairman and proprietor of Jackson Family Wines says:
“I’ve been impressed with the quality of sparkling wines from the UK for years, which influenced our decision to develop premium sparkling and still wines here in England.
“With my family’s growing involvement in the English horseracing business, and our love of the UK, this move is a natural progression for our company – expanding our ventures in wine regions globally.”
Holland, who has served as chief winemaker and CEO of Gusbourne Winery since 2013, will oversee all winemaking operations in England for Jackson Family Wines. Following international work in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and the United States, Holland returned to his native England in 2009 to join the burgeoning English wine industry.
Winemaker Charlie Holland adds:
“After 10 productive and thoroughly enjoyable years leading the amazing team at Gusbourne, I am thrilled to be joining Jackson Family Wines as they kickstart their new English wine venture.
“I believe England is the most exciting place in the world to be making wine right now and the prospect of doing this for a company with a proven commitment and track record of producing world-class wines around the globe is an enticing prospect.”
Holland will officially begin working with Jackson Family Wines next month (September 2023).
Jackson Family Wines is a family-owned, vineyard-based company with a penchant for exploration. Founder Jess Jackson placed his faith in farming and a meticulous expression of wine with his first landscape-changing vintage in 1982, an ethos that chairman Barbara Banke and the Jackson family continue to uphold to this day.
The Jackson family’s collection of 40 wineries spans significant winegrowing regions, from California, Oregon, Washington, Canada, France, and Italy in the northern hemisphere, to Australia, Chile, and South Africa in the southern half of the globe.
Vineyard ownership and sustainable practices remain key to consistent quality and artisan winemaking is built to scale, underscoring a steadfast commitment to making wines of character and integrity.
For more information, visit https://www.jacksonfamilywines.com/