John Freeman, Winemaker – Browne Family Vineyards
Born in San Francisco and raised in Napa Valley, John Freeman was destined to be in the wine industry. John’s initial work in California included seven years at Franciscan Vineyards and an additional five spent as the Cellar Master at Miner Family. Charmed by the Walla Walla Valley, John decided to move to Washington in 2002.
From vine to bottle, he and his team carefully manage every step of the winemaking process to ensure the overall complexity, balance and consistent quality that Waterbrook wines are known for. John’s favorite things about winemaking are expansive. He is passionate about working with many different growers discovering ways to improve the vineyards each year. He enjoys experimenting in the winery to find new ways of improving quality.
The opportunity to work with like-minded people everyday, bring his dog with him and work in the vineyards in the summer makes his job that much more enjoyable. John and his family enjoy the wonderful Walla Walla community. Always wearing a smile and continually the optimist, he still can’t believe he gets paid to do what he does.