Friday, April 28, 2017


Dr. Konstantin Frank was a founder of the AWS, was named one of the wine industry’s most influential people of the last century by Wine Spectator magazine, and the winery was named one of the world’s Top 100 wineries in 2016 by Wine & Spirits magazine.

The Finger Lakes region has always been a beautiful and ideal location for grape growing and winemaking. When Dr. Frank and his family arrived in New York in the 1950s, he brought something new to what was already good about the wine industry both there and in the rest of the country.
The History

After spending years in the Ukraine, Dr. Frank believed that the Vitis Vinifera vines were not growing well in the Finger Lakes area because they lacked the correct rootstock, not because of the cold climate. After doing some extensive research with the vines, he was finally able to grow them successfully. This was the beginning of the “Vinifera Revolution” that enabled this region of the country to grow the grapes that would finally allow them to produce Old World European wines. His research and successful vintages earned him the attention of the entire wine world, and within ten years he founded Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars and began producing world class wines.
The Legacy Continues
One of the best things about the Vinifera Wine Cellars is that it is truly a family run winery. Dr. Frank’s son Willy Frank continued his father’s legacy of excellence and was responsible for producing the first world-class sparkling wines in the Finger Lakes region. Now Willy’s son, Frederick Frank, has taken over the winery and continued his family’s commitment to growing spectacular grapes and producing nationally recognized, respected and award winning wines. Next in line is his daughter, Meaghan Frank, who will be the fourth generation to assume leadership of Dr. Frank’s winery as well as the family’s legacy.
Each generation of Franks has built upon Dr. Frank’s original foundation of vinifera vines and pays careful attention to every detail of the wine making process, from nurturing the original vines to entering competitions all over the world. The Frank family champions their own quality wines as well as all of those produced by neighboring Finger Lakes wineries.
The Celebration

Join us on Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00pm at the Evergreen Community Center to celebrate the AWS 50th Anniversary by tasting wines from one of the most prestigious and beloved wineries in the Finger Lakes: Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars.

To help celebrate the 50th Anniversary, the winery has created a video presentation featuring a tasting with Fred and Meaghan Frank, third and fourth generation of the family, for chapters to watch while enjoying their wines.  Chapters across the country will also be participating in this event as part of the AWS’ year-long anniversary celebration.

There is only one 50th Anniversary! RSVP by May 5, 2017!

WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 at 7:OO

Evergreen Community Center, 3430 Evergreen Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 


The cost for members and guests is $25.
Please reply before May 5, 2017 to:

Or you may reply to 412-657-0777.

Mail your check, payable to AWS to:

Dr. Dennis Trumble
1302 Arch St
Pittsburgh PA  15212

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