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Where History Was Planted

EST 1962 

Situated on the southwestern hills of Keuka Lake. It was here in 1958 that Dr. Konstantin Frank planted his first Vinifera vines and ignited the “Vinifera Revolution.” This movement would forever change the course of winemaking in the Finger Lakes and the Eastern United States.
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"You deserve only excellent"

DR. KONSTANTIN FRANK

Dr. Konstantin Frank knew from his experience growing grapes in very cold climates that high quality vinifera wines could be made in New York. With plenty of opposition, Dr. Konstantin Frank pushed forward and made his own way. No one believed him. Named Top 100 Winery of 2019, the proof is now in our wines.

 
Dr Frank standing with barrel


Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the “Vinifera Revolution” a movement that forever changed the course of wine growing in the Finger Lakes and the United States. Dr. Frank’s vision, knowledge and determination are credited with elevating the New York wine industry from a state of happy mediocrity to a level that today commands world attention.

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A Unique Experience

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.

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Old Vines Make Great Wine

With original vineyards dating back to 1958, our 60+ year old vines represent some of the oldest vines in the Finger Lakes and the 2nd oldest Pinot Noir in America. The older the vine, the more it pulls out of the Earth.

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Estate Grown Wines

For over sixty years and four generations we continue Konstantin’s legacy by producing the highest quality wines from the highest quality grapes.

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Sparkling Excellence

In 1985, Willy Frank stunned the wine industry by releasing the first méthode champenoise sparkling wine made from vinifera grape varieties in the Finger Lakes. 35 years later we continue our excellence in sparkling wines.  

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Latest News

See what others are saying about Dr. Konstantin Frank and the Finger Lakes. 

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What is Méthode Champenoise?

You probably know that Champagne is a wine region in France, famous for making the best sparkling wines in the world. But are all Champagnes from France? And what is the meaning of the term “Méthode Champenoise,” found in so many sparkling wine labels from around the world?

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GREAT VALUE WINES: 7 FINGER LAKES RIESLINGS FOR UNDER $40

After World War II, there was a growing interest in drier, European-style wines in the United States, but no such grapes were grown in the Finger Lakes until Dr. Konstantin Frank, a Ukrainian viticulturist, relocated to Cornell University’s Geneva Experiment Station in 1953 and began planting European varieties. Dr. Frank had written his PhD thesis on cold-climate growing techniques of Vitis vinifera and ultimately proved that common grapes could be grown in the region with proper grafting and care.

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Washington Post: Rkatsiteli 2020 Extraordinary

This bracing white wine is one of my perennial favorites from the Finger Lakes. Dr. Frank pioneered European vinifera grape varieties in the Eastern United States. Still family-owned, the winery is now in the hands of Dr. Frank’s grandson, Frederic, and great-granddaughter, Meaghan Frank.

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Doctor’s order: Riesling

With the Dr Konstantin Frank Winery gearing up for its 60th anniversary next year and heading into its 2021 harvest, we look at the techniques behind its flagship wine…

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Top 7 Best Dry Riesling Under $20

One of the most popular wineries in the Finger Lakes, this Dry Riesling is a balanced and tropical dry white wine with fresh acidity and excellent persistence with hints of citrus. But beyond the crispness, there’s a unique subtle creaminess that will keep you reaching for a second taste.

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