WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) – The winner of the 33rd New York Wine Classic's “Winery of the Year” title, as well as “Best Red Wine”, was announced Wednesday evening.
Dr. Konsantin Frank Winery out of Hammondsport was awarded the two titles. Their 2016 Blaüfrankisch was given the honor of “Best Red Wine”.
This is the third time Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery was awarded as “Winery of the Year”. In 2012, the winery won both the Governor's Cup and Winery of the year. It also won “Winery of the Year” in 2006 and the Governor's Cup in 1997.
Winery President Fred Frank said, "We're very excited to receive the Winery of the Year award from the New York Wine Classic. We feel it's a testament to the team here at Dr. Konstantin Frank and the great range of quality wines we produce. It's a wonderful honor!"
This year's competition included 853 New York wines and 71 hard ciders from several regions including Central New York, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, Lake Erie, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Niagara Escarpment, Thousand Islands and the Upper Hudson Valley. The awards were based on blind tastings by 21 expert judges from across the country. Judging panels determined the initial awards, with top-scoring wines evaluated by all 21 judges for Best of Category and Governor's Cup awards.