Historic Award for Akiko Freeman: The Green & White Medal for Agricultural Excellence
Akiko Freeman was recently honored with the Green & White Medal for Agricultural Excellence, becoming the first woman ever to receive this prestigious accolade. The ceremony, held at the Japanese Consul General’s residence in Los Angeles, recognized her for being the first Japanese winemaker with a wine served at the White House and her transformative approach to organic farming. Shinkichki Koyama, who presented the award, said of Akiko, “She worked very hard to achieve the best growing conditions on the property — irrigation, ensuring that the soil was well-drained and well-oxygenated — all with the long-term vision to produce better grapes under organic farming protocols.” Her efforts have significantly contributed to the agriculture sector, reinforcing Japan-USA relations. This milestone achievement underscores Akiko's pioneering role in the field.
We are honored that the White House featured our Ryo-fu Chardonnay at a recent State Dinner welcoming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States.
LE.PAN: The small Sonoma winery with Asian ambitions; “We don’t manipulate anything. We just try to grow the best fruit and bring out the best of it. That’s our philosophy.”
The Somm Journal92 Points - Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2006
The most complex and complete of the 2006 Freemans, this is fragrant, with wilted rose petal, blackberry and wild berry and hints of loamy earth. Both supple and firm on the finish. Drink now through 2014.—J.L.
WICN.ORGThe Public Eye: Ken Freeman - Freeman Vineyard & Winery
Freeman Vineyard & Winery is the fruition of a 20-year dream shared by Ken and Akiko Freeman to craft elegant cool climate California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a sophisticated, Burgundian style.
Wines & VinesFreeman donates redwood forest
Ken and Akiko Freeman, owner of Freeman Vineyard and Winery, Sebastopol, donated 22 acres of old growth and second growth forests in Occidental to the Bodega Land trust. Nearby, it will plant about 11 acres in its new Freeman Ranch vineyard to five clones of Pinot Noir and a small amount of Chardonnay. The property is located approximately 1,200 feet, with steep slopes, Goldridge soil and a south-eastern exposure.
Pinot File95 Points - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Keefer Ranch Vineyard 2006
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