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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.

Historic Award for Akiko Freeman: The Green & White Medal for Agricultural Excellence

The White House

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. 

Akiko Freeman

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 Journal
92 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.

The Public Eye: Ken Freeman - Freeman Vineyard & Winery cover
The 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.
With a passion for fine wine and contemporary cooking’s wealth of exotic flavors, the Freemans strive to create wines with the depth and character to pair seamlessly with the abundance of modern, global cuisine.

Freeman donates redwood forest cover
Wines & Vines
Freeman 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.

95 Points - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Keefer Ranch Vineyard 2006 cover
Pinot File
95 Points - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Keefer Ranch Vineyard 2006

"Big and rich…"
Medium-deep ruby color; complex spice, rose and cherry aromas; rich and ripe with a core of juicy cherry fruit; spicy and sweet oak notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Big and rich, this bottling has the core of juicy fruit I find in most wines from Keefer Ranch. The 2006 seems to have bit more tannin and will reward some cellar patience. Keefer Ranch is located in the Russian River Valley roughly west of the town of Graton, on Green Valley School Road.


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