May: Saturdays and Sundays 1 PM
June: Fridays 2 PM, Saturdays 2 PM, Sundays 2 PM
A behind-the-scenes look of our rich history of sparkling winemaking. Upon being greeted with a welcome wine, the tour will begin with an explanation of our estate vineyards focusing on 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 méthode Champenoise including bottling, aging, and disgorgment while tasting our classic Brut. Once the tour is complete, a seated flight of sparkling wines including Riesling Nature, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, and Celebre Rose are paired with chef’s seasonal bites. A finale tasting is offered afterwards featuring three additional Dr. Konstantin Frank wines.
About the 1886 Food and Wine Experience:
In the early days, 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. In the early years, the winery didn’t have a formal tasting room. In those days, Konstantin invited 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 these visits included Eugenia’s culinary treats to pair with the wines.
50 years later these visitors still remember the personal wine tasting experiences that they had with Konstantin and his wife Eugenia. Our 1886 Food and Wine Experience brings us back to our roots. Back to the days at the winery when every tasting was personal. When visitors could take their time, learn savor our wines and experience the Frank family legacy firsthand.