Named a Top 100 Winery in 2019 by Wine & Spirits Magazine and 10 Best Tasting Room in America by USA Today, we invite you to visit our winery steeped with Four Generations of history. Third and Fourth Generations Fred and Meaghan Frank continue the legacy of our founder.
The Finger Lakes Pioneer
Dr. Konstantin Frank immigrated to New York in 1951 at the age of 52-years-old, with empty pockets and no knowledge of English, in the hope of creating a brighter future for his family.
Armed with a Ph.D. in Viticulture and decades of experience managing vineyards, Dr. Konstantin Frank knew from his experience growing grapes in very cold climates that high quality wines could be made in New York. With plenty of opposition, Dr. Konstantin Frank pushed forward and planted the first Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir vines in the Finger Lakes revolutioning the Eastern United States.
60-plus years and Four Generations strong, we continue the pioneering spirit of our founder.
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In just a few decades, riesling has become the unofficial grape of New York’s Finger Lakes region. Since 1957, local winemaker Dr. Konstantin Frank (and the subsequent four generations of the Frank family) have been working wonders with the fruit at their winery on Keuka Lake.
Folklore has it that Dr. Konstantin Frank brought Saperavi vines to the Finger Lakes when he immigrated from Europe. Fred Frank, President of Konstantin Frank Winery and grandson of Dr. Frank, explains, “Konstantin first introduced this variety to the Finger Lakes in his original plantings back in 1958. His first wines were produced in 1962.”
One cannot talk about FLX sparklers without mentioning Dr. Frank. In 1985, Konstantin’s son Willy produced the first vinifera sparkler in the region. Meaghan Frank, Konstantin’s great granddaughter and the winery’s VP and general manager, continues the tradition.
Whichever way you decide to eat your cake, just don’t forget the bubbly. I’ve been a fan of Dr. Frank wines for about 15 years now. Their Blanc de Blancs is reminiscent of the finest champagnes and would be a wonderful way to ring in the New Year (who else is ready for 2020 to be over?!).