Freeman Vineyard & Winery
Russian River Valley AVA
Refined, elegant styles of Burgundian varietals
Founded by Ken and Akiko Freeman in 2001, Freeman Vineyard and Winery was established in the cool, western edge of the Russian River Valley where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay show some of their greatest complexity and character in California. Ken and Akiko share a passion for refined, elegant styles of these Burgundian varietals, and after exploring more than 300 potential vineyards and vineyard sites, finally found what they were looking for in the cool, coastal influenced, fog-covered hillsides of Sonoma County. Here, they produce a handful of site driven, expressive wines that are both balanced and refined in style.
Ken Freeman grew up in a wine loving family in Scarsdale, New York, but it wasn’t until he met his future wife Akiko that a plan for starting a winery came about. The couple met by fate in 1985 when Ken was working on a yacht on its way to the Caribbean. When Hurricane Gloria forced the yacht to head to port near Ken’s hometown of Scarsdale, Ken decided to attend a party in town and met the best-dressed and most beautiful woman in the room – Akiko. Akiko grew up in Tokyo and found her love of wine through her grandfather, one of Japan’s leading academics in literature and art. His love for wine was contagious and with his guidance, Akiko developed a lifelong taste for great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Once Akiko and Ken were married, the couple spent several years traveling the world and exploring the great winemaking regions, refining their palates and dreaming of one day starting their own winery.
Upon returning to California in 1997, the Freemans went to work establishing a small family-run winery dedicated to the expressive, cool-climate varietals of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Freeman Vineyard and Winery became a reality just four short years later. Today, Freeman has earned international praise and recognition as one of California’s most visionary and acclaimed small wineries, focusing on balance and refinement rather than pushing the limits of ripeness as the trend has been with many New World wineries. Ken and Akiko work closely with celebrated consulting winemaker Ed Kurtzman and consistently produce award-winning wines that are embraced by connoisseurs and collectors around the world.