Waterbrook Winemaker

With more than eighty 90+ scores and 100 Best Buy wines, Winemaker John Freeman delivers outstanding Northwest modern quality vintage after vintage.

Raised in Napa Valley, California, John Freeman began a lifelong wine career with seven years at Franciscan Vineyards and five years as cellar master at Miner Family. Intrigued by the growth of Washington State, John joined the Waterbrook winemaking team in 2003 and was promoted to lead winemaker in 2005; the second lead winemaker in Waterbrook history.

From vine to bottle, John carefully manages every step of the winemaking process to ensure overall complexity, balance and consistent quality. John’s passion is evident with his ever-present smile and optimism, and his winemaking philosophy is simple: Make the best wine possible. To that end, John has been deeply involved in designing and furnishing his “dream winery” since the construction of our new facility in 2008. 

With his years of experience and natural talent, John masterfully approaches the unique qualities of each vineyard and vintage to produce highly acclaimed wines year after year.