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A Visit in History

1962 - 2022

Our most in-depth experience, the 1886 Food & Wine Experience caters to those with a deeper interest in the history, grape growing, and winemaking at Dr. Konstantin Frank.

Back to our Roots

In the early days of our winery, Dr. Konstantin Frank won the hearts of wine consumers not just for his incredible viticulture innovations but for the one-on-one personal tasting experiences he provided. When our winery didn’t have a formal tasting room, Konstantin would invite visitors onto the front porch of his home overlooking Keuka Lake, where they would spend time savoring his wines enjoying conversation and most importantly, learning. Often times those visits included Eugenia’s culinary treats to pair with the wines.

60 year later these visitors still remember the personal wine tasting experiences that they had with Konstantin and his wife Eugenia. Our 1886 Food & Wine Experience brings us back to our roots. Back to the days when every tasting was intimate and personal. When guests could take their time, learn, savor our wines, and experience the Dr. Frank legacy firsthand.

1886 Food & Wine Experience

Offered May 19th through October 30th

The 1886 Food & Wine Experience is located within the beautiful historic Chateau Frank and features original fieldstone walls and wood beam ceilings combined with modern and contemporary decor. 

Each day features a unique vineyard or winemaking experience paired with wines. Afterward, guests return to the 1886 Reserve Room for a seated flight of wines paired with creative and seasonal small bites.

Each reservation will be seated at individual tables.

$75 per person. $55 for club members.

Please email us at least one week ahead of time if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Thursdays: Vineyard Experience
Fridays: Sparkling Experience
Saturdays: Vineyard Experience
Sundays: Barrel Experience
Two Seatings Each Day: 11AM & 2PM
Availability
Limited to 6 total tables, 4 guests maximum per table.
Restrictions
Sorry, no pets or guests under 21 years of age.
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Wine and Food Pairing at 1886

Vineyard Experience

Every Thursday and Saturday 11AM & 2PM

An in-the-vineyard exploration of the rich history of grape growing at Dr. Konstantin Frank. 

A wine educator will lead you through several vineyard sites where you will learn about grafting, the parts of the vine, the current growth cycle of the vine, and other vineyard practices. Wines will be sampled in the vineyard. 

At the conclusion of the tour, a seated flights of wines from the Dr. Konstantin Frank portfolio are paired with chef’s seasonal bites

Sparkling Experience

Every Friday 11AM & 2PM

A behind-the-scenes exploration of the rich history of traditional method sparkling wine. 

The tour will begin with an explaination of our estate vineyards focusing of the classic Champagne grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The tour continues underground to our historic cellar built in 1886. Here you will learn the process of Methode Champenoise while tasting samples of our current releases.

At the conclusion of the tour, a seated flights of wines from the entire Dr. Konstantin Frank portfolio are paired with chef’s seasonal bites

Barrel Experience

Every Sunday 11AM & 2PM

A behind-the-scenes exploration of our underground barrel cellar.

After a warm welcome at our 1886 Reserve Room, we head to the Dr. Frank barrel cellar where you will learn the process of barrel production, the different types of oak and where they originate from, and alternatives to barrel aging with exotic vessels. We will taste examples of wines aging in barrels. 

At the conclusion of the tour, a seated flights of wines from the Dr. Konstantin Frank portfolio are paired with chef’s seasonal bites

VENUE:

Chateau Frank

Built in 1886 by Philip Argus, a German immigrant, the building was once the Western New York Wine Company. Like many Hammondsport wineries, the Western New York Wine Company went out of business during prohibition. 

In 1980, Willy Frank, son of Dr. Konstantin Frank, purchased the property with the intention of producing the region’s first Méthode champenoise sparkling wine from traditional grapes like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. 

We released our first Brut sparkling wine in 1985.

Today, the original historic underground cellar is home to our sparkling wine aging program. These wines will age in perfect natural conditions up to 5 years before release. The building is an architectural gem on Keuka Lake with its natural fieldstone walls and is listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites.

Our Reviews

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  • star rating  Started out wine tasting day here. Was a great introduction to the area. Love sparkling wines and these definitely don’t disappoint. Went to four places after and this was definitely... read more

    avatar thumb NDSuzieQ
    February 17, 2022

    star rating  One of the best reasons to visit this winery is because of the history it holds and because of how much the Dr contributed to early winemaking in the region.... read more

    avatar thumb Fred B
    February 16, 2022

    star rating  Between the view, in spite of the frigid temperatures, the awesome charcuterie board and delightful wine we were greeted and treated by a welcoming staff. Glad they were also able... read more

    avatar thumb Wendy W
    February 7, 2022

    star rating  Great selection of wines. Do not miss this place, fun place to visit. We will be back to visit them again.

    avatar thumb Tim C
    December 10, 2021

    star rating  This has been our favorite winery for over 25 years. We have been coming here since the early days and will always come back as often as we can.... read more

    avatar thumb Mark B
    November 24, 2021

    star rating  Great wine detail information and tasting experience. Outstanding Rieslings and favorate red is Saperavi

    avatar thumb Louis G
    November 22, 2021

    star rating  This was an incredible late-fall visit. We left our youngest daughter’s beautiful wedding weekend and headed to the Finger Lakes region for a pre-holiday getaway. The “Frank Tasting”... read more

    avatar thumb Don S
    November 22, 2021

    star rating  Wonderful tasting experience. Now doing wine flights, yet pouring enough that 2 people can get 5 wines each, so able to taste 10 wines. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable.

    avatar thumb sellrd
    November 21, 2021

    star rating  Lovely people and great wine! Beautiful views! There were a few different options for tasting. We felt comfortable and pampered!

    avatar thumb Kerry M
    November 16, 2021
  • star rating  Staff were very friendly and helpful. Beautiful views from tasting room. Outstanding cheese platter enhanced the wine selection. Relaxed atmosphere.

    avatar thumb Jay M
    November 8, 2021

    star rating  One of the most famous wineries in the Finger Lakes region. Very pleasant visit, lots of wines to taste. Views outside are quite beautiful. Try the 1886 Tasting, you will... read more

    avatar thumb Adam M
    November 4, 2021

    star rating  This was the first vinifera vineyard in the Finger Lakes, and the experience shows, both in the wines that are produced and in the smooth and attentive customer service.
    ... read more

    avatar thumb Charles W
    November 2, 2021

    star rating  As others have said, this was not only a wine tasting but a wine mini seminar with very knowledgeable and personable staff at three stations. This was our first trip... read more

    avatar thumb Kathy M
    October 29, 2021

    star rating  We enjoyed a patio wine and cheese experience on a beautiful Fall day.
    Although it was chilly and had some occasional showers, we were protected by an awning and warmed... read more

    avatar thumb Carolyn B
    October 24, 2021

    star rating  We visited Dr. Frank for the third time two days ago. Our first experience, several years ago, wasn't the best. We did a wine tasting that consisted of standing at... read more

    avatar thumb ItalianatHeart55
    October 3, 2021

    star rating  This was the first winery we visited in the Finger Lakes, and it set the bar for us for winery tastings. We literally liked every wine we tasted, which has... read more

    avatar thumb Valerie B
    September 8, 2021

    star rating  My husband & I have been frequenting Dr. Franks on an annual basis since we discovered this gem of a winery over 10 years ago. Their wines always exceed our... read more

    avatar thumb Love2Travel9999
    August 4, 2021

    star rating  An appointment was necessary and a limited number of people were admitted at specific times for tastings. This is a beautiful venue and the employees are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about... read more

    avatar thumb Mary Ellen C
    July 1, 2021
  • star rating  My husband and I visited Finger Lake region for the first time. We made a reservation for a wine tasting at Dr.Konstantin Frank Winery for Sunday morning. The experience was... read more

    Ida60745
    May 18, 2021

    star rating  We liked the way you get all five wine choices together in a tower and can take your time sampling them while enjoying the beautiful scenery. We also had a... read more

    kalligra
    May 18, 2021

    star rating  Always the best stop in Lake Keuka. Best wines. Can’t wait for the fall to do the 1886 tasting. We bought one of the last cases of Gruner Veltliner.

    njwinel0ver
    April 26, 2021

    star rating  We had a great time at our wine tasting, beautiful view and heavy pours ..... what more could you want? Cheese and chocolate , charcuterie board was awesome

    349traceyl
    April 25, 2021

    star rating  Service was impeccable! Friendly and extremely accommodating. The 2020 Rose is beyond delicious! The charcuterie tray with the wine, overlooking the lake was the topper.
    We’ll be back!!!

    726maryanna
    April 25, 2021

    star rating  The charcuterie board was a perfect compliment to the wine flights for our tasting. Allyn was very helpful throughout the afternoon. Great pricing for shipping out of area,... read more

    A945EJdavidc
    April 24, 2021

    star rating  This winery was beautiful. The staff was very knowledgeable, the atmosphere was great, and we had lots of fun! I wasn't sure what kind of wine to expect... read more

    Michelle B
    April 14, 2021

    star rating  We had a tasty glass of wine on the deck with the spectacular view. Unfortunately, they were not open for tastings the day we visited. The setting is... read more

    Betweencities
    April 10, 2021

    star rating  Perfect! Our favorite tasting experience on our three day Finger Lake trip. A little bit out of the way from where we were staying on Seneca lake, but worth the... read more

    OutsideAlbany
    November 25, 2020
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