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CIA at Copia Amphitheater to be Named in Honor of Jackson Family Wines

Napa, CA – The amphitheater at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia will be named the Jackson Family Wines Amphitheater in honor of a $2 million gift from the Jackson family to the world’s premier culinary college.

The outdoor venue features tiered seating for 600, or 390 with a table setup. As a premier cultural and special event space, it is expected to host thousands of people each year who are passionate about wine, food, and culinary and beverage education.

“Wine education has always been an integral part of our company’s mindset,” says Julia Jackson, a proprietor of Jackson Family Wines. “My father emphasized the importance of education for the trade and consumer to ensure that wine was accurately and favorably looked upon as an important part of American culture. There’s a natural synergy between culinary arts and wine and my family is thrilled to support the wine and food community through the visionary educational work of the CIA.”

Founded in 1982 by Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke, Jackson Family Wines has grown to become a distinctive wine collection rooted in extraordinary estate vineyards situated in the world’s most significant wine regions. A cornerstone of the Jackson family’s wine business is its commitment to high-quality wines made with integrity and responsible winegrowing practices.

“The Jackson Family Wines Amphitheater provides a lasting legacy of the company’s leadership as a passionate, world-class, family-owned wine business,” says CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. “The generous gift from Jackson Family Wines also further cements its admirable, long-term commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability, as well as to the CIA and its students.”

As part of the collaboration with the CIA, Jackson Family Wines will be incorporated into food and wine enthusiast and special event programming at the CIA at Copia. “Today’s wine consumer craves a deeper understanding of the relationship between food and wine,” said Rick Tigner, CEO of Jackson Family Wines. “Our partnership with the CIA at Copia unites our shared commitment to education in the vineyards, the garden, the kitchen, and at the table, to inspire both the consumer and trade alike.”

Adjacent to the Jackson Family Wines Amphitheater on the first floor of the CIA at Copia will be the new home of the Wine Hall of Fame, of which Jess Jackson is a 2009 inductee. The CIA at Copia is the ultimate Napa Valley destination for exploring, experiencing, and enjoying the world of food and wine.

Photo Caption and Hi-Res Image:

Members of the Jackson family (from left) Max Murry, Hailey Jackson Hartford, Julia Jackson, Barbara Banke, and Gilian Handleman toast the Jackson Family Wines Amphitheater at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia in Napa, CA.

(Photo credit: Robert McClenahan/CIA)
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About The Culinary Institute of America
Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry, and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

About Jackson Family Wines
Jackson Family Wines is a formidable, vineyard-based company with a penchant for exploration. Founder Jess Jackson placed his faith in farming and a meticulous expression of wine with his first landscape-changing vintage in 1982, an ethos that chairman and proprietor Barbara Banke, the Jackson family and the company’s employees continue to uphold to this day. The family’s collection of 40 wineries spans significant winegrowing regions across the globe, from California, Oregon, France and Italy in the northern hemisphere, to Australia, Chile and South Africa in the southern half of the globe. Artisan winemaking underscores a steadfast commitment to making exceptional wines. In each region, vineyard ownership remains key to consistent quality, conservation and stewardship for future generations and the communities around them. Learn more at

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