Hammondsport, New York – August 9, 2018 – Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery was awarded on August 8th, 2018 the title “Winery of the Year” as well as the “Best Red Wine” for their 2016 Blaüfrankisch in the 33rd New York Wine Classic. This is the third time Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery was awarded as “Winery of the Year.” In 2012, its 50th anniversary year, Dr. Konstantin Frank won both the Governor's Cup and the Winery of the Year award. It also won Winery of the Year in 2006 and the Governor's Cup in 1997.
This year's competition included 853 New York wines and 71 Hard Ciders from several regions across New York State including Central New York, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, Lake Erie, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Niagara Escarpment, Thousand Islands, and Upper Hudson Valley. The awards were based on blind tastings by 21 expert judges from across the country. Judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators. Judging panels determined the initial awards, with top-scoring wines evaluated by all 21 judges for Best of Category and Governor's Cup awards.
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery President Fred Frank said, "We're very excited to receive the Winery of the Year award from the New York Wine Classic. We feel it's a testament to the team here at Dr. Konstantin Frank and the great range of quality wines we produce. It's a wonderful honor!"
Fourth generation and current General Manager Meaghan Frank elaborated, “Our founder, Dr. Konstantin Frank constantly said, ‘Americans deserve only excellent.’ For 56 years we have expanded upon Konstantin's legacy with an incredible group who has worked tirelessly to produce the best quality wine from our old vine vineyards. My father Fred and I are delighted about this achievement and are so proud of our talented and hardworking team.”
2018 marks an exciting year for the Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery. Expanding upon their complimentary tasting experience Meaghan Frank begun several new tasting experiences at the winery. Dr. Konstantin’s original home was remodeled to offer guests a 1962 Reserve Tasting where they may choose selections from the entire list of wines. The Terrace at 1886 allows guests to enjoy flights of wine paired with local cheeses on the new outside terrace overlooking the vineyards on Keuka Lake. The 1886 Food and Wine Experience offers guests a throughout educational tour and tasting paired with creative small bites.
Earlier in the year, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery was awarded as one of Wine & Spirits All-Stars of 2018, an international list of only 50 wineries and the only New York winery listed. Winery of the Year by the New York Wine Classic confirms their ambitions to produce only the highest quality wines.
About Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery
Now in its fourth generation, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery has been one of the most prestigious wineries in the Finger Lakes wine region since 1962. Located on Keuka Lake a few miles north of Hammondsport, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery has long been associated with the New York wine revolution. Its founder, Dr. Konstantin Frank, helped pioneer the introduction of the European vitis vinifera grapevines in the eastern United States. The vineyards on Keuka Lake are home to some of the oldest vines in the U.S. and it’s been documented the Pinot Noir vines are the 2nd oldest in America.
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