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.