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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  The evening before our tasting I had a glass of Dr. Frank's Dry Riesling at dinner. It was crisp and very dry...excellent. We arrived at the winery too late... read more

    Maryann L
    October 2, 2022

    star rating  Great atmosphere and people! The wine is a bonus! Treated our group (Ferrari Club) wonderfully! The server was great and knowledgeable and added to our experience. All done just right!... read more

    paulmA6025GJ
    October 2, 2022

    star rating  Great ambiance and fabulous views of the lake. The presentation of the wine tasting was awesome. The staff was friendly and courteous. I also bought some honey there. It’s delicious.... read more

    H3479NTlynnm
    September 27, 2022

    star rating  A must-visit winery when in the Finger Lakes. The tasting room experience was sublime! In addition to a huge palette of diverse wines, the view of Keuka lake is stunning!

    C65OXjimb
    September 26, 2022

    star rating  It was a wonderful wine and good experience. They know how to do it right! They show why they are one of the best winery and best wines.

    8martyp
    September 25, 2022

    star rating  We enjoyed our wine tasting very much. The person who helped us was very knowledgeable and gave us great tips for making wine selections. The setting was beautiful as well,... read more

    twodillmans
    September 21, 2022

    star rating  We had no reservation, but they accommodated us in the garden where my husband enjoyed three different wines. It started to rain, thunder and lightening so the owners came... read more

    milliegordon2
    September 21, 2022

    star rating  This tasting was, by far, one of the best we had in three days in the Finger Lakes. Dr. Frank has a LARGE selection of wines, so we described what... read more

    AnnCS
    September 18, 2022

    star rating  Been visiting the Seneca Lake wineries for the past few year. Never went to the Hammondsport area. I always wanted to visit this winery because I read so... read more

    JazzingJersey
    September 18, 2022
  • star rating  Reservations necessary to be inside. Hubby & I didn’t make them do we were asked if we wanted to go to the garden. Lovely ! I did the 3... read more

    JazzinInJersey
    September 13, 2022

    star rating  The entire experience was amazing and unforgettable! From Graham’s greeting to the first flight, we knew we found the perfect winery to celebrate our 30th anniversary! What an engaging and... read more

    AdrienneM62
    September 12, 2022

    star rating  Wonderful reunion with friends I had travelled with in Bordeaux, back in 2010! Lauren gave us a delightful tasting and a thorough description of each wine. Colleen, Steve,... read more

    nancycK1998LJ
    September 11, 2022

    star rating  The wines were excellent, the staff was informative and friendly, and the view was beautiful.
    I would highly recommend this winery.

    attypaulcdick
    September 8, 2022

    star rating  We had an excellent experience at Dr. Franks over the LaborDay Weekend.
    We had a guided tasting with Paul, he was very knowledgable and made our tasting fun and... read more

    Sharon M
    September 6, 2022

    star rating  A friend and I had a wine tasting then food in the garden. Lovely atmosphere. Knowledgeable, helpful staff. Enjoyable wines. The food was delicious. However, not at all much food... read more

    sharonwY6106PF
    September 5, 2022

    star rating  We visited Dr. Konstantin Frank’s winery over Labor Day weekend with our 11month old daughter and the tasting was easy, we could go at our own pace and the presentation... read more

    SeddonLee123
    September 4, 2022

    star rating  A must stop. Worth the drive. Great views from the terrace of vineyard and lake.Tasty wines. Very knowledgeable staff. Very classy.

    mattdZ8242VO
    September 4, 2022

    star rating  Absolutely my favorite experience on this trip. Pouring rain, no open house reservations available, we opted for the garden seating. Best decision ever!!! The food was amazing (must get the... read more

    LambieJones
    August 31, 2022
  • star rating  My husband and I had a lovely time at this winery today. We were able to get a reservation for a tasting which allowed us to be able to enjoy... read more

    lsrb521
    August 30, 2022

    star rating  Good variety of good tasting wines, mostly whites, in beautiful setting. Recommend it for oenophiles or newbies

    HenryMS
    August 27, 2022

    star rating  We had a lovely afternoon. Lynn was our hostess, she gave us a guided wine tasting which had just enough info to satisfy our curiosity while enjoying the vineyard's... read more

    628jeannel
    August 16, 2022

    star rating  Food and wine delicious. Music lovely. We always meet new and interesting people. Thanks, Allan, for the tour.

    lindapZ1859MQ
    August 13, 2022

    star rating  We enjoyed the wine club members picnic today, overlooking Keuka Lake with perfect weather, a wonderful light lunch, some excellent tastings and chocolate ice cream sandwiches....It doesn't get any better... read more

    PeterKozak
    August 13, 2022

    star rating  The staff at Dr. Frank's takes good care of you! From the moment you walk in, you are greeted and given your options for tasting. Then you are whisked away... read more

    alexandrac0719
    August 11, 2022

    star rating  We were able to bring our dog to the tasting. She was treated very well. She had water and a treat. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and... read more

    Jim K
    July 11, 2022

    star rating  We did the 1886 Food and Wine Experience. Probably the best wine tour I’ve taken. Our guide was so knowledgeable. He has been with the winery over 20 years. Have... read more

    lyslalexander
    July 8, 2022

    star rating  My husband, who is from Western NY, and I have been coming to Dr. Frank's for 20+ years. We remember tastings in the little cinderblock building before they moved into... read more

    Deanna I
    July 5, 2022
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