1886 Wine and Food Experience - Veraison & Harvest Experience
- Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery
- 9749 Middle Road
- Hammondsport, NY 14840-9612
- September 6, 2019 to September 28, 2019
- Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Veraison & Harvest Experience
Location: 1886 Reserve Room
Available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11 AM and 2 PM.
Undoubtedly the most beautiful time in the vineyard where the green grapes change to shades of yellow and red. The tour begins with a hands-on grape sampling exercise where we figure out the ripeness of a vineyard block. A wine educator explains the internal changes of a grape during veraison and considerations leading up to the decision to start harvesting. We will explain the difference of hand-picking versus machine-picking and why technology plays a major part. Depending on the harvest timeline, a demonstration of hand-sorting and pressing may be possible. At the conclusion of the tour, a seated flight of wines are paired with the chef’s seasonal creative bites.
Please arrive at our 1886 Reserve Tasting Room at least 5 minutes before the starting time of the event. Just south of the main winery and tasting rooms is the stone house named Chateau Frank. Once you pull into the driveway and park, walk towards the rear of the building and you will see stairs leading up to the 1886 Reserve Room. The event will feature some walking in our vineyards, so we suggest wearing suitable shoes.
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery is one of the most prestigious and beloved wineries in the Finger Lakes. The winery's founder, Dr. Konstantin Frank introduced vinifera (classic European grape varieties) to the region starting a winemaking renaissance in the region. Without the contributions of Dr. Frank, the Finger Lakes wine region would not be where it is today. The winery was established in 1962 and is now in its fourth generation of Frank family ownership.
A Visit to the Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery
The Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery is situated on the south western hills of Keuka Lake. It was here in 1957 that Dr. Konstantin Frank planted his first vinifera vines with the hopes of growing world class wines based on cool climate grape varieties like Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Rkatsiteli.
A visit to the Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery is steeped with four generations of history and education. We offer several different tasting experiences to allow each guest to choose their preferred method of tasting. Combine our quality wines with spectacular views and one of the most knowledgeable tasting room staff in the Finger Lakes, and you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience!
If you would like to visit us with the intention of purchasing wine, our Retail Stores are open Year-Round, Monday through Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Our winery is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Easter.
Group Reservation Policy
Reservations are required for groups of 12 or more for a non-refundable fee of $5 each. Reservations may be cancelled up to a week in advance without fee. 3:00 PM is our last group reservation and we do not have the space to welcome parties of more than 24. Please call 800-320-0735 for reservations.
Our Tasting ExperiencesOnce arriving to Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery guests will be greeted by one of our hosts who will explain our several tasting experiences which allow each guest the best possible tasting of our world-class wines. A brief overview of each experience is listed here.