Women-Owned and-Led Winery Pledges $25,000 to Support Initiatives to Build Women’s Leadership for a More Sustainable World
SANTA CLAUS MARIA, California – March 2, 2022 – Cambria Wine Estatethe Santa Maria Valley winery founded in 1986 and known for its single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, today announced its partnership with Women’s Land Alliance (WEA). Each year, Cambria partners with an organization that works to create a more sustainable world and provide opportunity for women. A champion of women’s empowerment and sustainability efforts in the wine industry, Cambria is launching this partnership during Women’s History Month to increase visibility and philanthropic support for local climate solutions led by WEA leaders from around the world, and is committed to matching up to $25,000 in donations.
Since its inception, Cambria has maintained a proud legacy of strong female leadership with winery owner and co-founder Barbara Banke and her daughters Katie (Katherine) and Julia Jackson, who are now co-owners. In the winery, Cambria’s female leadership spans more than 25 years and includes General Manager Denise Shurtleff, who has already spent two decades as Cambria’s winemaker, and continues with current winemaker, Jill Russell, who joined the winery in 2017, alongside a largely female team.
Cambria also encourages sustainability initiatives that extend beyond their renowned vineyards and wines. The winery holds California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance (CSWA) and Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certifications. These certifications are holistic in nature and ensure that the winery meets agricultural, ecological and community requirements, including reducing carbon emissions, conserving water, using renewable energy and cultivating a fair environment for the employees.
In partnership with WEA, this gift will support efforts to provide leadership, strategy, and technical training to Indigenous women leaders in the United States to scale their climate and environmental initiatives. The WEA model identifies local women leaders working on the frontlines to reverse climate change and protect the natural resources, livelihoods and health of their communities. By investing in long-term leadership through training, funding and support networks, WEA helps women leaders extend the reach, impact and longevity of their solutions beyond initial project investments – creating a ripple effect that benefits communities of women, regions, our Earth and future generations.
“We are proud to partner with Women’s Earth Alliance and support their work to create a more sustainable world and provide opportunity for women,” said Katie Jackson, co-owner of Cambria Estate Winery. “Their mission aligns closely with Cambria’s key principles, and we encourage others to join us in celebrating Women’s History Month and to consider supporting organizations like Women’s Earth Alliance who actively provide the means to create a better world and a platform for women to succeed.”
To learn more about Cambria Estate Winery and how you can support the Women’s Earth Alliance visit cambriawines.com/womens-day.
About Cambria Estate Winery
Cambria Estate Winery is one of the most iconic and iconic wineries in the Santa Maria Valley and Santa Barbara County. Today, the winery remains family-owned and operated, with daughters Julia and Katie Jackson as co-owners. The winery produces exceptional Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are the truest expression of its single vineyard sourced from its eponymous Julia’s Vineyard and Katherine’s Vineyard vineyards. Every wine bearing the Cambria name is 100% sustainably grown and produced on the estate. To learn more about Cambria, please visit www.cambriawines.com and follow Cambria on Facebook, instagramand Twitter at @CambriaWines.
About Women’s Earth Alliance
Women’s Land Alliance (WEA) is on a mission to protect our environment, end the climate crisis, and ensure a just and prosperous world by strengthening women’s leadership. Since 2006, WEA has worked at the intersection of women’s rights and the environment, creating impactful programming to serve local leaders around the key environmental themes of climate change, water, agriculture, environmental protection land and energy. In partnership with national and global NGOs, WEA co-designs capacity building trainings to provide leadership, strategy, technical training and funding to women leaders to scale up their climate and environmental justice initiatives while connecting them to a global alliance of peers, mentors, and funders. Through WEA programs, more than 13 million people in 24 countries have implemented life-saving environmental solutions in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, the Americas and Indonesia. Learn more about womensearthalliance.org and follow WEA on Instagram/Facebook at @womensearthalliance, and Twitter at @womensearthally.