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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  There’s a reason they’ve been the best winery in the Fingerlakes. They make great products and have a wonderful team of employees to make your experience the best it can... read more

    Tonytuchup
    January 15, 2023

    star rating  Excellent wines, lake friendly farm. Bluebird boxes around the vineyards, and plenty of bluebirds and other birds frequenting the property. Also observed a Red-tailed Hawk hunting the vineyard. These are... read more

    songbird5212
    January 13, 2023

    star rating  We come all the way from Louisiana to get out favorite wine at Dr. Konstantin Frank. Love the wine and love the service!

    Jcrldu
    January 2, 2023

    star rating  Visited in November 2022, not a busy time in the Finger Lakes. We were doing the Seneca Lake Deck The Halls that we have been doing for decades. Our daughters... read more

    rfin53
    November 20, 2022

    star rating  We had been trying to get out to this winery for a few years - we have family in nearby Geneva. I must say the experience exceeded even our... read more

    92117Bob
    November 17, 2022

    star rating  We had our wine tasting on the outdoor deck with beautiful views of Keuka Lake in Autumn. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The wines were excellent. ... read more

    B4212BXchristinec
    November 11, 2022

    star rating  Perfect in every way. Views,hospitality, great wine, service. We loved this visit. We will return. Genuine beautiful MY wines

    Hockeylover59
    November 10, 2022

    star rating  After many years of visits to the Finger Lakes, we finally made our way to Keuka Lake, specifically to visit Dr. Frank’s. Our only regret is that it took us... read more

    SherylK128
    November 9, 2022

    star rating  Great people lots of fun and always makes us feel so special.
    Have to take the tasting experience can't beat it!

    145tammyg
    November 7, 2022
  • star rating  We go to wine country for the wine selections. We select the winery visits for the experience . We were not in the least disappointed by the 1886... read more

    Tim F
    November 6, 2022

    star rating  We did a tasting flight on November 5th and loved Dr. Franks. We were met by Steve at the front counter, who is welcoming and got us excited for the... read more

    Tpr05037
    November 5, 2022

    star rating  We had a varied sampling of white wines, all of which were very good. The presenters are very knowledgeable and fun. We are looking forward to the wine pairing in... read more

    Mark H
    November 2, 2022

    star rating  Servers are knowledgeable and friendly, and the wines are fantastic. We've been wine club members for years, and have never been disappointed. Congratulations on 60th anniversary!

    francescamI7888MU
    November 1, 2022

    star rating  We did a wine tasting on a chilly rainy day in late September. We sat under an awning on the patio, managed to stay dry and take in breathtaking... read more

    Ilya O
    October 29, 2022

    star rating  What a pleasant visit! 70 degrees on the patio overlooking keuka lake with the leaves in all the glory of autumn! great wines served by knowledgeable and friendly staff.... read more

    tyrus99
    October 27, 2022

    star rating  Always top-notch wines and knowledgeable, friendly servers. My favorite! I visit often with friends!

    Dr. Frank’s wines never disappoint. There is indoor and outdoor seating, which... read more

    Trek155797
    October 26, 2022

    star rating  My husband and i had a wonderful relaxed experience here today. The wines were fine and the weather and views were incrdeible. We will definitely be ack and highly... read more

    Michele J
    October 24, 2022

    star rating  Great wine, well priced considering the quality, and an enjoyable tasting experience.

    They have upgraded the tasting area, and the overall tasting experience is much more customer... read more

    600slimj
    October 24, 2022
  • star rating  This has always been my favorite winery in the Finger Lakes. Today we tried their 1886 tasting experience. Wow! What a delightful afternoon! Alan gave us... read more

    JKfromPA
    October 23, 2022

    star rating  Beautiful outdoor seating and fabulous wine. Our pourer,lovely Graham, was attentive and knowledgeable. We were able to sample several wines of our choice and loved every one.

    KerryM515
    October 23, 2022

    star rating  The drive to the winery on Keuka Lake was a incredible combination of the mid-October Finger Lake leaves and an interesting drive from Penn Yan.

    We got... read more

    Bob44514
    October 18, 2022

    star rating  Used to be a humble destination to sample great wines and enjoy a beautiful setting. However, they have gotten very “bougie” for lack of a better term. Upon arrival... read more

    S8779SFscotth
    October 17, 2022

    star rating  1886 tasting is always outstanding. Don’t miss out Food is perfectly paired with excellent wines. The stone house is a beautiful setting

    njwinel0ver
    October 16, 2022

    star rating  Staff was very helpful. Wines are wonderful! Spend some time in the garden tasting area! They are remodeling now so excuse the dust!

    t0mmyd136
    October 15, 2022

    star rating  The tour guide was fabulous, very informative!! The wine and food pairing was exceptional, can’t wait to come back again.

    jfalkner1
    October 14, 2022

    star rating  The "must" if headed to Keuka Lake area. Delicious and complex wines-- I gained a new respect for wines I hadn't experienced since Sonoma. Staff are super knowledgeable and... read more

    Netminder_20
    October 12, 2022

    star rating  This is a regular stop during any fall getaway to the Finger Lakes. Quality wine and great staff. We had another great tasting here this year!

    Maps07104054602
    October 12, 2022
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