Dr. Born in Odessa (Russia) Konstantin Frank (1897-1985) studied viticulture in his hometown, and after his graduation devoted himself particularly to the topic of cultivating Vitis vinifera varieties in a cold one climate, He moved to the in 1951 United States from and was initially on the Cornell University (State new York ) active. Frank propagated the departure from the French hybrids and campaigned for growing Vitis vinifera on. This was initially ridiculed because the resistance of this species to cold New York was questioned. Established in Keuka Lake in the area in 1962 Finger Lakes the winery "Vinifera Wine Cellars" and built Pinot Noir on. He was successful with it, but his ideas were slow to gain acceptance. Today Frank is considered a pioneer of quality winegrowing on the east coast. His son Willy Frank continues his work.