Award for Exceptional Contributions to the American Wine Market Bestowed by the Atlantic Seaboard White Wine Association
2022, November 29– Preserving a legacy and carrying on the household customs of development and experimentation, Fred Frank is a force in New York wine making. Given that 1993, he has actually headed Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery in Hammondsport, developing on his grandfather’s accomplishment in making the Finger Lakes a region known to produce world-class wines. The Atlantic Seaboard Red wine Association is happy to honor Mr. Frank with its Monteith Trophy 2023.
Fred got important vineyard experience working alongside Konstantin Frank as a kid, however his family insisted he receive official training and real life experience prior to joining the family business. Upon finishing from Cornell, Mr. Frank worked in sales for Banfi Vintners prior to attending Geisenheim Research Institute for Viticulture and Enology in West Germany. When he returned he functioned as managing director at Banfi’s Old Brookville Vineyard.
Fred’s interest in German varietals did not wain with the years. He recently bought 90 acres east of Seneca Lake (referred to as the banana belt) and is presently assessing where the very best websites and soils are for the cultivation of gruner veltliner and blaufrankishch, among others.
Mr. Frank’s deep participation in enology education is revealed in his continuing support of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). He has served 2 terms on the Dean’s Advisory Council, is a member of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Leadership Society, and has actually served as a member of the advisory council for the New york city State Agricultural Station. Fred was a district director of the CALS Alumni Association and in 2010 was called an Exceptional Alumni. In addition, Fred hosts a global intern program at the winery.
Sparkling wine from upstate New york city is one of many tasks championed by Fred Frank. He believes with an environment more detailed to Champagne’s than is California’s, sparkling wine from the Finger Lakes stand amongst the world’s finest. The Atlantic Coast Wine Association concurs: Dr. Konstantin Frank Celebre NV and Brut 2017 have actually gotten the highest awards in the Association’s yearly white wine competitors. With seven offerings of great sparklers, Fred Frank continues to grow the program.
Fred likewise presented a value line called “Salmon Run” using grapes sourced from regional farms around the Finger Lakes. The Georgian ranges Rkatsiteli and Saperavi have actually long been grown on the property, originally planted by Konstantin Frank himself. Fred is thrilled that red wine drinkers are growing in their gratitude of these grapes.
Fred Frank takes a trip extensively informing consumers and white wine professionals about the Finger Lakes area and East Coast grape varietals. He is a perennial speaker at the American Red Wine Society Conference.
As the 3rd generation winemaker, Fred Frank has actually actively encouraged his daughter Meaghan to take part in the household company. He is delighted with her engagement and enthusiasm to continue in her great-grandfather’s footsteps.
The continuous sterling silver Monteith Trophy is among the most elegant awards in the U.S. red wine market. Weighing in at 123 ounces of pure sterling silver, the bowl was developed in 1980 by Tiffany & & Co. for the Vinifera White Wine Growers Association (now the Atlantic Coast Wine Association). As early as 1689, develops similar to the Monteith were utilized in the service of white wine in England. Smaller versions utilized by George Washington are on display screen in the Mount Vernon dining room.
ASWA presents the trophy to individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the development and sustainability of the American white wine industry by actively providing management and inspiration, in resolving both legal and regulatory problems, supporting innovative and technical research, encouraging white wine and health associated studies, and contributing to customer education and gratitude through the arts, literature and the media.
The Atlantic Coast Wine Association promotes American white wine produced in the seventeen eastern states: all those that touch the Atlantic Ocean plus West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Vermont. This trade organization was established in 1973 as the Vinifera Red Wine Growers Association, and relabelled in 2008 to show an expanded local focus.
ASWA’s objective is to increase awareness of the fine white wines of the Atlantic seaboard through trade and customer education. Members liaise with national, state, and regional white wine organizations to recognize opportunities to highlight the wines and wine makers working here.