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The Frank Family

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Frederic Frank

President

Frederick Frank is president of Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, a position he has held since 1993. After graduating from Cornell, Fred worked for Banfi Vintners in sales from 1979 to 1982, before attending Geisenheim Reserch Institute for Viticulture and Enology in West Germany in 1982-1983. He was managing director of Old Brookville Vineyard at Banfi from 1984 to 1993. Fred has been a two term member of the CALS Dean’s Advisory Council and is a member of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Leadership Society. He has also served as a district director of the CALS Alumni Association. Fred has been a member of the advisory council for the New York State Agricultural Station. In 2010, Fred was named an Outstanding Alumni by CALS. Fred oversees the day-to-day operations at the winery with a focus on production operations, vineyard relations, and national wholesale.

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Meaghan Frank

Vice President

Meaghan, the great-granddaughter of Dr. Konstantin Frank, is the fourth generation winegrowner. After Meaghan graduated from high school, she enrolled at Cornell University for a degree in communications. As her interest in wine and the family business grew, Meaghan earned her MBA in wine business from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2013. Not settling with one degree, Meaghan completed her second Master’s degree in enology from Cornell University in December 2015. With combined expertise in wine business and winemaking, Meaghan has revolutionized the way the winery is run as well as the quality of the wines. Meaghan runs the day-to-day operations at the winery with a focus on winemaking direction, staff satisfaction, export markets, and guest experience. At the young age of 30, we have a lot to look forward to.

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Barbara Frank

Consulting Sparkling Winemaker

Barbara Frank joined the winery in 1989 as head winemaker after graduating from Cornell in '83 with a major in Viticulture and minor in Fermentation Science and then California State University, Fresno with an MS in Enology in ‘88. Previous, she attended Geisenheim Institute and worked at Domaine Mumm, Schramsberg, Navarro Vineyards, and S. Anderson Vineyard where she met Mark Veraguth. Since 1992, Barbara stays involved at the winery as consulting winemaker for the sparkling wine program and handles regional sales for the metro New York area.

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Eric Volz

Vineyard Manager

In his youth, Eric was trained by Dr. Frank along with his father, Walter Volz. Walter was Dr. Franks first vineyard manager and took over the operation when Konstantin could not. Eric enjoyed the work so much, he decided to stay at the winery for the remainder of his career working the same land as his father. The Volz's management of the vineyard is remarkable for the success of vinifera and conservation for over fifty years.

Winemaking

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Mark Veraguth

Head Winemaker

Mark Veraguth, a native to Santa Rosa, California, joined Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery in 1989 as an assistant to head winemaker, Barbara Frank. In his youth, Mark studied at The University of Califonia, Davis earning his B.S. in Civil Engineering. During his studies, Mark was working as a cellar and vineyard helper at S. Anderson Vineyards, one of California's most respected sparkling-wine producers. He found that his skills in production and logistics of civil engineering translated well to the wine industry and decided to never leave. In 1983 Mark was promoted to assistant winemaker at S. Anderson Vineyards and remained there until 1989 when he joined Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery. Mark became head-winemaker in 2004 and is currently on his 29th vintage with Dr. Frank.

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Eric Bauman

Sparkling Winemaker

Eric gained his sparkling wine experience in his early twenties when he moved from his hometown in Upstate N.Y. and discovered Sonoma County, California. Visiting wineries and tasting wines there eventually grew into a cellar job at J Vineyards and Winery in Healdsburg, CA from 1997-2005 producing sparkling wines not only for J Winery, but also by contract for Piper Sonoma sparkling wines. In the summer of 2005, Eric moved back to Upstate New York looking for opportunities in the Finger Lakes. There, he met Fred Frank and his father, Willy Frank, who started the winery’s sparkling wines. Today, Eric manages the sparkling wine cellar and oversees the sparkling wine vineyards producing six styles of award-winning vintage and non-vintage traditional method sparkling wines.

Vineyard

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Eric Volz

Vineyard Manager

In his youth, Eric was trained by Dr. Frank along with his father, Walter Volz. Walter was Dr. Franks first vineyard manager and took over the operation when Konstantin could not. Eric enjoyed the work so much, he decided to stay at the winery for the remainder of his career working the same land as his father. The Volz's management of the vineyard is remarkable for the success of vinifera and conservation for over fifty years.

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Brien Gardner

Seneca Vineyard Manager

A Southern Tier local, Brien spent the first 20 years of his adult life as a Financial and Investment Advisor for notable companies in Rochester, New York, until he was bitten by the wine bug. Leaving the desk for dirt, he picked up a 2nd degree in Viticulture and learnt about the international world of wine at a retailer on the weekends. Before joining Dr. Konstantin Frank, Brien was the Assistant Vineyard Operations Manager at Anthony Road Wine Company for 10 years. It's easy to get lost in conversation with Brien. He's a wealth of knowledge of all things viticulture and loves to share with anyone who asks.

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Viticulture Team

Hospitality

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George DiTomasso

Retail Manager

George has been with our winery for over 28 years and has worked with three generations of Franks. On a daily basis, his enthusiasm, positive energy, and selflessness bring together everyone at the winery. He truly cares about every one of his team members and his longtime fans and will go above and beyond for anyone.

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Steve Webster

Assistant Retail Manager

Steve has one of the most important jobs at the winery. He is the first person that everyone is greeted by when visiting us. His welcoming and gracious personality starts each visit on a positive note and he has formed strong friendships with returning guests over the years.

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Paul Zorovich

Wine Club Manager

Paul joined Dr. Frank just a few years ago and has since developed personal relationships with all of our wine club members. An accomplished musician, Paul left city life in Manhattan to move to the Finger Lakes where he and his wife grow their own vegetables and raise chickens. Paul has earned his WSET Level 3 Award in Wine.

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Allyn Brand

Wine Educator

If you have been to our winery for a tasting or an experience, I am sure you had the pleasure of having Allyn as your host. His warmth and knowledge creates lasting memories with our visitors. Allyn and his wife purchased a home right down the road from the winery in 1995. It took Willy Frank 5 years to convince Allyn to join our team. And we are glad he accepted!

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Colleen Yale

Wine Educator

Growing up in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom where there wasn't much local wine, Colleen first became a connoisseur of fine Gin. Over the past 18 years at Dr. Frank, Colleen is now a wealth of knowledge about grape growing and winemaking. She has curated thoughtful, knowledgeable, and passionate tastings and tours for each visiting guest. But still, at the end of a long day, nothing is better than a perfect dry Gin Martini.

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Yvonne Locke

Hospitality & Retail

Yvonne joined us in 2015 and over the years she has taken tenure at our Chateau Frank building. So much so, we call it 'Chateau Yvonne'. She curates the gardens, grows herbs on the terrace, and handles all of the food and operational logistics. Thanks to Yvonne, our 1886 Food & Wine Experience and wine club events showcase her grace, elegance, and warmth.

Sales & Marketing

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Eric Baist

National Sales Manager

A Finger Lakes native, Eric grew up in Sodus, a quaint town on Ontario Lake. Leaving behind his first career path after college, Eric traded the Upstate cold for the beaches of California where he became an avid sailor and surfer and developed his love for food, coffee, and wine. Returning to his hometown, Eric now travels the country for Dr. Frank sharing our story and our wines to nearly every state in America.

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Brandon Thomas

Digital Brand Manager

Brandon worked for several restaurants in Philadelphia, most notably developing wine and beverage programs for Chef Jose Garces. After restaurant life, Brandon joined Regal Wine Imports, a National importer and distributor, where he managed the efforts of 300 wine, beer, and spirit producers as the Director of Product Development. In the summer of 2018, he relocated to the Finger Lakes joining Dr Konstantin Frank Winery. Brandon earned his WSET Diploma in 2013 in Philadelphia and subsequently earned WSET Certified Educator in 2015 ultimately teaching the Diploma level.

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Dave Peterson

Wholesale Logistics

Twenty years ago, Dave worked weekends at the winery helping Willy and George with stocking and events. We were thankful to have Dave rejoin the winery last year. A Finger Lakes native and an accomplished musician, Dave has performed at many local restaurants and wine bars. Sadly, most of those establishments are currently closed, so we are happy to bring his performance to you!

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