HAMMONDSPORT, N.Y. (June 2, 2016) – On July 1st, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery will open a Reserve Tasting Room called “1886” in historic Chateau Frank, the winery’s sparkling winemaking facility.
“1886” will cater to those with a deeper interest in the Dr. Frank winemaking and viticultural program. Visits are available by reservation only and will include a 30 minute in depth viticultural or cellar experience, followed by a seated educational wine flight of 6 wines paired with creative, small foods from Snug Harbor Restaurant on Keuka Lake. To ensure continued customer education, wines, foods and experiential components will be rotated on a monthly basis. Beginning July 1st, experiences at “1886” will be offered Friday-Saturday at 11:00am and 2:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm. The cost is $35 per person or $25 per wine club member. Reservations can be made at 800-320-0735.
The “1886” Room is located at 9863 Middle Rd Hammondsport, NY directly above the Chateau Frank sparkling wine cellar. The name for the room was inspired by the age of the building. Built in 1886 by Philip Argus, a German immigrant, Chateau Frank was once the Western New York Wine Company. Like many Hammondsport area 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 intent to produce the region’s first ever methode champenoise sparkling wines from vinifera. In 1985, Willy released his first methode champenoise sparkling wines under the name “Chateau Frank”. Today, Chateau Frank is an architectural gem in the Keuka Lake area with its natural fieldstone walls and wine cellar that is perfect for the long term aging of sparkling wines.
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