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Frederick R. Frank

Fred is president of Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, a position he has held since 1993. After graduating from Cornell, Fred worked for Banfi Vintners in sales from 1979 to 1982, before attending Geisenheim Research Institute for Viticulture and Enology in West Germany in 1982-1983. He was managing director of Old Brookville Vineyard at Banfi from 1984 to 1993.

Under Fred’s leadership the winery’s production and number of honors received has greatly increased. Wines from Dr. Frank’s winery are now available in over 30 states, making them among the most visible and well-known produced in New York State. The winery draws 70,000 visitors each year, providing a considerable boost for the local economy.

The winery’s marketing efforts for its Riesling have attracted worldwide attention for all of NY State’s Riesling products. In 2018, Dr. Konstantin Frank won Winery of the Year for the third time from the New York Classic, USA Today named the winery one of their Top 10 Tasting Rooms in America, and Wine & Spirits Magazine named the winery one of their All Star Wine Brands. In 2019, Men’s Journal named Dr. Frank’s Winery as one of America’s 11 Best Wineries.

Fred is a two-term member of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Dean’s Advisory Council and a member of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Leadership Society. He has served as a district director of the CALS Alumni Association and has been a member of the advisory council for Cornell AgriTech. In 2010, Fred was named an Outstanding Alumnus by CALS.

Fred has been a member of the Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Board, Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce Board, Steuben County Conference and Visitor Center Board, Finger Lakes Wine Alliance Board and the Keuka Wine Trail Board, of which he is a past president.

Fred and his wife Maryclaire reside in Hammondsport. All three of their children: Meaghan ’11, Gretchen ’12 and Kyle ’14 are graduates of Cornell’s CALS.