Christopher and Ariel Jackson, Stonestreet Estate Proprietors
“This mountain is a spiritual experience. It is a place that I’ve lived with my family for more than 20 years now, and where I intend to raise my family,” said Christopher Jackson. “You’re at harmony with nature, you see all of wonders the Alexander Valley has to offer, and it really makes you understand that as a human out here you are just one part of a very complex and multifaceted world.”
Raised in Sonoma County, the youngest son of Barbara Banke and the late Jess Jackson grew up surrounded by wine, and naturally cultivated a deep respect for the challenges and unique rewards of high-elevation winegrowing. Today he leads Stonestreet Estate Winery on the enduring quest to craft wines of distinct character and complexity.
Together with his wife, Ariel, Christopher takes the long view, preserving the land and legacy of this region so that it can be enjoyed for years to come. The couple have a young son who bears the middle name Stonestreet like his grandfather, Jess. “This is our undertaking as a family, and my undertaking – to make sure that what we bring to the table off this estate is as special as it possibly can be,” Christopher said.
Christopher is immersed in all aspects of the business. “I view my role as being custodian of the mountain,” he said. He also holds a Juris Doctorate from University of California Berkeley School of Law.
Also a Sonoma County native, Ariel Jackson is an ambassador for Stonestreet Estate. She holds a Juris Doctorate from University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Davis.