Credited with sparking a winemaking renaissance in New York, Dr. Konstantin Frank, a professor of viticulture, championed and ultimately proved the Finger Lakes were an ideal environment to grow vinifera, or European-style grapes (like chardonnay and riesling) in the late 1950s. Prior to this, many New York produced wines were considered sweet, inferior, or both. Today, the Finger Lakes is recognized as one of the most esteemed winemaking regions in the country. Established in 1962 and fourth-generation family owned, Dr. Konstantin Frank Wines features over 40 bottles, including chardonnay riesling, pinot gris, brut rosé, and grüner veltliner, with new varietals planted over the years by generations of the Frank family.
In-person tastings require a reservation; the Progressive Tasting Experience offers an in-depth look at the winery's dynamic history through a series of stations, set up in their tasting rooms. New this year: Guests are invited to enjoy wines by the glass or bottle with a la carte seasonal cheeses in Eugenia’s Garden, which was named for Dr. Frank’s wife, on the winery grounds.
Distance from NYC: 4 hours, 40 minutes