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The 1886 Wine Experience

Our 1886 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.

Embark on an exquisite journey for your palate with the 1886 Wine Experience at Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery. Named after Chateau Frank’s historic establishment year, this exclusive winery adventure offers a harmonious blend of gourmet cuisine and award-winning wines, set against the backdrop of our picturesque vineyards on Keuka Lake.

During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to explore our vineyards and learn about our winemaking process from our most seasoned wine educators. You’ll enjoy guided tastings of our finest wines, expertly paired with creative small bites to highlight the unique characteristics of our varietals.

Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or new to the world of wine, the 1886 Food and Wine Experience promises to be a memorable journey of discovery. This unforgettable experience celebrates the rich history and innovative spirit of Dr Konstantin Frank.

The 1886 Wine Experience has captivated the hearts of visitors and wine connoisseurs for over 8 years, ranking as one of the top winery tours in America.

Unfortunately, we cannot allow pets or guests under 21 years of age.

Accommodations can be made for gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian diets. Please make special arrangements at least 48 hours in advance. Unfortunately, same-day requests cannot be honored.

Offered May 17th - November 3rd

Thursday – Sunday
Two Seatings Each Day:
11:00 AM & 2:30 PM

Limited to 6 tables

Thursdays: Vineyard Experience
Fridays: Vineyard Experience
Saturdays: Sparkling Experience
Sundays: Barrel Experience

$75 per person.

$60 wine club members.

Book below:

Inside the 1886 Reserve Room
Chateau Frank sparkling wine with food pairing
Food pairing
Chateau Frank from Chardonnay Vineyard
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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.

Chateau Frank House with greenery growing.
Historic Place Chateau Frank Sign.
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Featured Artists

The 1886 Reserve Room features local artists rotating on a seasonal basis. Presented pieces are available for purchase.

Previous Artists:

Allen C. Smith

Cordell Cordaro

West End Gallery

Mud Lust Pottery

Poonam Choudhary (Poovi Art)

Linda Fazzary

Lisa Barbero

A vibrant painting of a woman holding a wine glass.
Artwork in 1886 Reserve Room
Artwork in 1886 Reserve Room
Dinning Table set with wine glasses, food, and flowers with a painting in the background.

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