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November 19, 2014 13:26 ET

Cambria Estate Winery Pledges $100,000 to Inspirational Women

Vital Voices and The Fund for Santa Barbara Announced as First Recipients of New Cambria Seeds of Empowerment Grant Program

SANTA MARIA, CA--(Marketwired - November 19, 2014) - Cambria Estate Winery today announced the establishment of Cambria Seeds of Empowerment, a new grantmaking program that will contribute $100,000 annually to empower and celebrate exceptional women who have overcome great adversity and inspired others to do the same.

Started by Cambria proprietors and sisters Katherine and Julia Jackson, Cambria Seeds of Empowerment will honor what Julia calls 'Warrior Women' by providing financial support to organizations dedicated to empowering women.

"A warrior woman is someone who has found the strength to transcend seemingly insurmountable hardships and provide support to others," said Julia Jackson. "I've been inspired by many warrior women, and I felt compelled to create a program that recognizes the incredible impact such women have in their local communities and around the world."

The inaugural Cambria Seeds of Empowerment grant recipients are Vital Voices, an international non-governmental organization that focuses on emerging women leaders, and The Fund for Santa Barbara, based near Cambria's home of Santa Maria, California. The Vital Voices grant will support individualized investments in the top women leaders in Vital Voices' Global Leadership Awards Honoree Program. Funds will also be dedicated to the work of Dr. Victoria Kisyombe, a 2014 Global Leadership Awards Economic Empowerment Honoree and entrepreneur who has worked to redesign the traditional model of micro-finance to better serve 200,000 women in Tanzania.

"We work globally to identify, train and empower women who are making real change in their local communities," said Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices. "This grant from Cambria will help us support the critical work of these leaders and we're honored to be one of their first grant recipients."

In addition to its global contribution, Cambria Seeds of Empowerment will also honor its local roots. The Fund for Santa Barbara is a foundation that supports grassroots organizations working for social, economic and environmental justice in Santa Barbara County.

"For more than thirty years, the Fund has dedicated itself to strengthening our community through grassroots projects. Cambria Winery's commitment to local causes echoes our own; this grant enables us to continue supporting positive change in the Santa Maria area," said Geoff Green, executive director.

Cambria Winery has also released a limited edition bottling of their new 2013 Clone 4 Pinot Noir to celebrate and raise awareness for the Cambria Seeds of Empowerment program. An artist as well as a businesswoman, Julia has created a series of watercolors depicting women throughout history who exemplify her vision of the warrior woman. These original artworks will be featured on labels of the new Clone 4 release, available in fine restaurants nationwide.

For more information about Cambria Winery and Cambria Seeds of Empowerment, visit

About Cambria Estate Winery
Located in the cool, coastal ridges of the Santa Maria Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County, Cambria Estate Winery handcrafts world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Every wine bearing the Cambria name is 100-percent grown, produced and bottled on the estate, and our winemaking team exclusively uses certified sustainable practices. Founded in 1986 by wine icon Jess Jackson and his wife Barbara Banke, Cambria remains a family business and is proud to be woman owned and operated. Learn more at or on Facebook and Twitter (@cambriawines).

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