Freeman Vineyard & Winery was founded in 2001 by Ken Freeman and his wife Akiko, who is from Roppongi.
15 years ago, when the two had just met, they hit it off as lovers of elegant and sophisticated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We dreamed of making wine with our own hands.
In order to realize the establishment of a winery that rivals the world, we will begin to inspect more than 300 vineyards and growers, mainly vineyards planted on cool and gentle slopes. As a result, we chose the Sonoma Valley growing region, which is shrouded in fog and influenced by cold sea breezes that blow inland from the coast. The grapes that grow there ripen slowly, retain fresh acidity, and grow very pure and flavorful.
In the 2000s, when Freeman was founded, California was in the midst of a boom in the production and consumption of fruity wines. We are committed to our belief in producing fine wines.
As a result, Freeman's wine style has gained attention not only in California, but also from all over the world, and has been adopted in the wine lists of famous restaurants around the world, and has grown into a small but well-known brand.
In April 2015, the 2013 vintage Suzukaze Chardonnay was served at the White House Banquet hosted by former President Barack Obama, inviting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
As of 2019, Akiko is the only Japanese female winemaker who owns a winery and vineyards in California, and continues to make high-quality wines that are humble and sharp.