Dr. Odessa (Russia), born in Odessa (Russia) Konstantin Frank (1897-1985) studied viticulture in his hometown, and after his graduation he devoted himself to cultivating Vitis vinifera varieties in a cold climate, He immigrated to the United States in 1951 USA from and was at the moment Cornell University (State new York ) active. Frank propagated the departure from the French hybrids and sat down for the cultivation of Vitis vinifera on. This was initially ridiculed as the resilience of these species in cold New York was doubted. Founded in 1962 in Keuka Lake area Finger lakes the winery "Vinifera Wine Cellars" and built Pinot Noir at. He was successful, but his ideas were slow. Today, Frank is considered a pioneer of quality wine growing on the East Coast. His son Willy Frank continues his work.