2019 Winery of the Year – Frei Brothers Reserve
Frei Brothers Wines bring the heart of Sonoma County to every glass
Frei Brothers Sonoma Reserve has been a part of the fabric of Sonoma County for over a century. After coming to California from his native Switzerland, founder Andrew Frei established vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley in 1890. His two sons, Walter and Louis, eventually took over, adopted the name Frei Brothers and successfully ran the winery for more than 70 years.
The beautiful Frei Brothers vineyards caught the eye of Julio Gallo soon after the repeal of Prohibition. He began using the site as a vineyard source for the rapidly growing E. & J. Gallo Winery. Once Walter and Louis had both retired in the late 1970s, the Gallo family purchased Frei Ranch, keeping the Frei Brothers name. They have since further developed the vineyard to become what it is today.
Sonoma County is an inspiring place, offering the best of California. At Frei Brothers Sonoma Reserve, they follow a few heartfelt beliefs to make their wines a pure expression of this land:
- Focus on growing the right grapes in the right places
- Allow nature to do its work to achieve the purest expression of the grapes and place
- Strive to craft the highest quality wine, vintage after vintage
- Be good to the land and the land will be good in return
Not only is Sonoma County beautiful, but it also offers ideal conditions for growing vines. Frei Brothers crafts its award-winning wines by working closely with vineyard managers and growers to carefully select the ideal sites for each grape variety. This allows them to source only the fruit that is best suited to its region. Frei Brothers winemakers can then showcase the true varietal character of each grape, bringing the heart of Sonoma County to each glass.
Green’s invites you to try these fantastic wines from Frei Brothers—we are sure you will enjoy them as much as we do.