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The US Wine Multi was founded by lawyer Jess Stonestreet Jackson (1930-2011). The rapid rise of the company corresponds exactly to the American cliché "from rags to billionaires". The grown up in poor conditions Jackson tried during his studies in various professions, including hired as a postman, docker, police officer, ambulance driver and lifeguard, before he completed his law degree and then dealt with real estate law. In 1974 bought in the small town of Lakeport (Lake County, in the region North Coast ) in California a 32-hectare fruit ranch and planted there grapevines. Kendall was the maiden name of his then wife. In his second marriage, Jackson was married to Barbara Banke, who leads the now huge company after his death with son-in-law Don Hartford. The company has been located in the city of Santa Rosa since 1996 ( Sonoma County ). The entire company operates under the name "Artisans & Estates Vineyards & Wineries", but is still known as "Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens".

First, the grapes were sold. From the early 1980s, Jackson began to produce even wines of different styles to explore the consumer need. Particularly popular and popular with American consumers were aged in oak barrels and acidic Chardonnay wines that through something residual sugar have an exceptionally creamy taste. At that time there was the rumor, that this also by addition of Süßreserve In a lawsuit filed in 1992 against a former employee, Jackson realized that the secret of production was not publicly known. Incidentally, on the occasion of the election for the 44th US President in 2008, the company sent a few boxes "Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay" to Barack Obama (* 1961), because this was out as a lover of the brand. This wine is still the most popular and best selling wine in the world today USA from this grape variety. In 1997, Jackson lost a lawsuit against Gallo, This one was about the question of whether the "Turning Leaf" by Gallo was a plagiarism of this wine.

From the year 1986 wineries and wineries were purchased in the USA and also abroad. Today in Kalfornia more than 20 wineries are in the counties or areas Mendocino. Monterey. Napa. Santa Barbara and Sonoma operated with a total of 5,600 vineyards. These are Anakota, Archipelago, Atalon, Cambria, Camelot, Cardinale, Carmel Road, Collage, Hartford, Kendall-Jackson (with the Grand Reserve lines, Jackson Estate, KJ Avant, Stature and Vintner's Reserve), Kristone, Legacy, Lokoya, Matanzas Creek, Pepi, Ray's Stations, Stonestreet, Verite and Vinwood. In 2014 came with Gran Moraine in Oregon another in the US added. The wines are produced from the usual California grape varieties. Foreign possessions exist in Argentina (Tapiz) Australia (Hickinbotham and Yangarra), Chile (Alcance, Calina), France (Château Lassègue and Château Vignot in St. Émilion), Italy (Tenuta di Arceno in Tuscany) and South Africa (Capensis). In 2011, around five million boxes of wine were produced.

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