If you don’t yet know about the Finger Lake region, it’s time to brush up. This area is home to a growing number of wineries and tourists who visit the wineries in the area. The Finger Lakes wines are often referred to as “Vinifera” grapes – meaning they are native to Europe. The typical varietals you’ll find there include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer. They also have a decent mix of sweet wines, but the Rieslings dominate the area when it comes to quality awards.
Dr. Frank’s Winery is perhaps the leading advocate of Finger Lakes wines. They ignited the “Vinifera Revolution” which was ultimately what lifted up the New York wine scene and helped develop into what it currently is. Hailing from Ukraine, Dr. Frank came to the United States in 1951. He was quickly convinced that the rootstock of grapes in the region was not sufficient. Over time, he brought together a number of varietals, and employs the “methode champenoise” using the three classic French Champagne grape varieties.
The winery has always been a family affair, and Dr. Frank handed down the ownership to his son, Willy Frank, who eventually passed it on to his own son. At that point, the brand was very well known for its great Rieslings, and they wanted to expand their reach. They created a value brand, called “Salmon Run”, and continued to expand the brand’s image as a producer of excellent wines.
Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars
9749 Middle Road
Hammondsport, NY 14840