About Chateau Frank Wines

In the early 1980's, Willy Frank set out to continue his father's (Konstantin Frank) legacy. At the time, the sparkling wines in the region were still made using native lambrusca varieties. Willy set out to champion another "first" for the Finger Lakes region - methode champenoise sparkling wine made with classic French Champagne grapes.

Willy purchased an old stone winery just down the road from Dr. Frank's and called it Chateau Frank. When Willy purchased it, the owners had been restoring it as a champagne cellar, which made it the perfect investment. The champagne cellars at Chateau Frank went very deep into the earth providing the same year round cool temperatures one might find in a champagne cave in the limestone hills of France. With a champagne cellar in place and a climate in the Finger Lakes similar to the French Champagne region, Willy then to planted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meuner, the three classic French Champagne varieties. The final and most important component at Chateau Frank according to Willy, was quality. Willy believed that there was no better way to achieve quality sparkling wines than with the methode champenoise, which included laying the wines down in tirage for several years prior to release.

Today, we have continued Willy's legacy and commitment to quality sparkling wine production. All sparkling wines produced at Chateau Frank are made primarily from estate grown grapes comprised mostly of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. The labor intentensive methode champenoise is still at center stage at Chateau Frank, which we feel leads to the most outstanding sparkling wines. Finally, we believe that aging is central to quality as well. We typically lay down each of our sparkling wines for 3-5 years in tirage prior to release. All of these components result in some of the finest sparkling wines you will find anywhere in the Finger Lakes and New York State.

We invite you to explore our Chateau Frank collection. Cheers!