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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 dishwasher to billionaire". Poor Jackson grew up in various professions while studying, including hiring himself as a postman, docker, policeman, ambulance driver and lifeguard before completing his law studies and then working on real estate law. Bought in 1974 in the small town of Lakeport (Lake County, in the region North Coast ) in California a 32 hectare orchard and planted grapevines there. Kendall was the maiden name of his wife at the time. In the second marriage, Jackson was married to Barbara Banke, who after his death runs the now huge company together with son-in-law Don Hartford. The company's headquarters have been 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 only as "Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens".

The grapes were first sold. From the beginning of the 1980s, Jackson began to produce wines of different styles himself in order to explore the consumer need. Barrique matured and acid-stressed were particularly popular and popular with American consumers Chardonnay wines by something residual sugar have an exceptionally creamy taste. At that time there was a rumor that this was also due to the addition of Süßreserve was achieved, but in a lawsuit filed in 1992 against an inaugurated former employee, Jackson managed to ensure that the secret of production was not made public. On the occasion of the election for the 44th US President in 2008, the company sent some boxes of “Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay” to Barack Obama (* 1961) because he had outed himself as a lover of the brand. This wine is still one of the most popular and best-selling wines in the world United States from this grape variety. In 1997, Jackson lost a lawsuit against Gallo, This dealt with the question of whether the "Turning Leaf" from Gallo was a plagiarism of this wine.

From 1986 onwards, wineries and wineries were continuously acquired in the United States and abroad. Today there are over 20 wineries in the counties or areas in Kalfornien 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 lines Grand Reserve, 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 in with Gran Moraine Oregon added another in the US. The wines are made from the grape varieties common in California. There are foreign possessions 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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