Feb 10, 2022
Ken Freeman is a philanthropist, banker, and vintner. He is the Co-founder and Proprietor of Freeman Vineyard & Winery, one of the pioneers of cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, charting a course to the western edges of California winegrowing.
Ken and his wife, Akiko, built Freeman into a leading winery and brand. They started in 2001 with 500 cases and have grown to 6,000 cases, 60% of which goes directly to the consumer. They export 25% to 20 countries around the world.
Are you looking to expand your wine brand into international markets but not sure how best to proceed? Or do you want to expand into new markets locally but are unsure which sales model to adopt? If you answered yes, this episode is for you!
There’s a lot of insight you can glean from Ken Freeman’s story of starting and growing Freeman Vineyard & Winery. He talks about how they got their first vineyard, the skills needed to succeed in the business, how they expanded into international markets, and lots more.
Listen to this episode of Legends Behind the Craft with Drew Hendricks featuring the Co-founder and Proprietor of Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Ken Freeman. They share many inspiring stories and discuss what it takes to start and grow a winery, expand to international or new local markets, and start an AVA.