Dr. Frank’s receives ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Fred Frank (right), president of Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars, accepted the “Lifetime Achievement Award”f given to the winery founded by his grandfather at the Eastern Winery Exposition in March.

Fred Frank, president of Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars,  accepted the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Eastern Winery Exposition in March on behalf of the four generation of Frank family members that have run the winery since 1962.  In announcing the award, EWE program director, Richard Leahy acknowledged that for the first time, the award was being presented “not to a person, but to an institution.”

The Eastern Winery Exposition took place this year on March 4, 2014 at the Lancaster Convention Center in Lancaster, PA.  The winery was chosen as the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement award for its pioneering of commercial vinifera in the Eastern United States, the continuation of Dr. Konstantin Frank’s legacy into its fourth generation, the debuting of new wines like Grüner Veltliner and its record 129 gold medals in 2013.

In commenting on the award, Fred Frank noted, “All 50 states have wineries, and those wineries create a ripple effect throughout their region. Tourism benefits and local foods and cuisines complement those local wines. I’m sure Konstantin is looking down with a smile to see how the wines are improving and how vinifera grapes are being grown on the East coast to make great wines.”

Located on Keuka Lake a few miles north of Hammondsport, Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 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. For his contributions in the American wine industry he was inducted into the Wine Spectator’s “Hall of Fame.”