Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring John Freeman, the winemaker at Waterbrook Winery, a beautiful property in the Walla Walla Valley.
Eric Rindal founded Waterbrook in 1984 as Walla Walla Valley’s fourth winery. Needless to say, back then, Eric was one of a very small group of pioneers who believed in Walla Walla’s potential. Eric in particular knew that the Walla Walla Valley could produce world-class Merlot.
Waterbrook was the perfect match for John, who fell in love with Walla Walla Valley and joined Waterbrook as Assistant Winemaker in January 2003. This wasn’t John’s first job in the wine business – John had already spent twelve years in the industry at Franciscan Vineyards and at Miner Family – and it wouldn’t be his last, either. Two short years later, John was promoted to Winemaker at Waterbrook.
January 2015 will be the ten year anniversary of that milestone in John’s wine career. He and his family are now settled into the picturesque Walla Walla community. On most days, if you visit the winery, you’ll be able to see John walking the vineyards with his dog, chatting with growers about vineyard management, or experimenting with new winemaking techniques.
Check out our interview with John below the fold. Read the rest of this entry »