Over the past decade, the star of the extreme Sonoma Coast has ascended as perhaps the brightest light in New World winegrowing. With its remoteness, steep slopes and rugged, fog-shrouded cliffs, it is not an easy place to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; but for those intrepid enough to work on the westernmost edge of California viticulture, the rewards have been many. The winegrapes grown on the far Sonoma Coast are unlike any other in California. Shaped by wind and fog and grown in hillside soils, the vines struggle to produce small yields of fruit. From this struggle comes something unique and exceptional: wines of uncompromising sophistication, with compelling purity of flavor, nerve and precision.
This is the landscape in which Freeman Vineyards and Winery established their Yu-ki Vineyard. Situated just six short miles from the Pacific at an elevation of 1,200 feet, Yu-ki, along with its sister vineyard Gloria, is now the principal source for Freeman’s Pinot Noir program. It is also here, on the Freeman Ranch, that Ken and Akiko donated 22 acres of first and second growth redwood forest to the Bodega Land Trust. Under the stewardship of the Trust, this spectacular land will be preserved in its natural state forever.
As part of their pioneering work on the far Sonoma Coast, Freeman is also one of the six founding members (along with Peay, Littorai, Red Car, Freestone and Faila) of the West Sonoma Coast Vintners, an association of wineries and growers who are passionate about farming grapes on the coastline of Sonoma County. The WSCV advocates for wines with a clear identity that evoke the complexity of the region and the authenticity of its community—wines with balance, integrity, character and nuance. Today, this organization has grown to over 43 members, including some of the most renowned wineries in California. To learn more about WSCV click here.