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Frank Family Vineyards, Venice-Athens Oct 2018


Join Rich & Leslie Frank to explore blue-roofed churches on Greek cliffs, and fortified Croatian cities on this evocative journey where the cities (and wines) offer deep flavors & ancient history. Walk Dubrovnik’s tight knot of an Old Town, or visit Lokrum Island – where a beach, a monastery, and a Dead Sea-style lake of high salinity will leave you floating in paradise. Athens bulges with history, glory and grit, crowned by that most magnificent of monuments – The Acropolis. These stunning Mediterranean backdrops provide the perfect stage for your evening concerts performed by the talented singers from Accademia Teatro Alla Scala on this Opera themed voyage. Whatever your daytime choice, luxury is redefined on Silversea’s new 596 guest Silver Muse with multiple restaurants, large suites, delightful exclusive Frank Family Vineyards activities and more.

Guests wishing to participate in all Frank Family Vineyards events must book through MmMmTravel. Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Silversea) will not be included in all Frank Family Vineyards events.

Exclusive Offers:

  • Free Airfare Extended: Book by January 30, 2018 and enjoy Free Round Trip Economy Airfare or Business Class Air Upgrade from just $599 Each Way from select US airports* 
  • Early Booking Bonus: Guests that book and pay in full by February 28, 2018 save 10% (as reflected in fares below)! 
  • Venetian Society Savings: Past Silversea guests receive an additional 5% Venetian Society Savings. Plus up to 4 of your friends who set sail with you that are ‘new to Silversea’ will enjoy the same 5% savings.

Highlights

Cruise Highlights:

  • Enjoy receptions featuring Frank Family Vineyards wines hosted by Rich & Leslie Frank.
  • Participate in multiple Frank Family Vineyards wine dinners with Rich & Leslie Frank.
  • Savor a complimentary 6-course wine paired dinner in La Dame by Relais & Châteaux, sponsored by MmMmTravel.
  • Added shipboard credit for guests paying with unbranded American Express Platinum or Centurion cards

 

Enhanced Opera Voyage:
Loved by so many, it is the ultimate in emotional experience. It is an art form revered the world over. Its power and romance is nothing short of magical. It is, of course, Opera Imagine being able to immerse yourself in the rhythm of the sea on one of Silversea’s outstanding and unforgettable Opera cruises. Imagine being a part of the privileged few lucky enough to see a performance by talented soloists from the most famous opera houses of the world. Giving aficionados a unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge and passion, talented artists from Accademia Teatro alla Scala will give impressive performances during your time aboard. Along with lectures and Q&A sessions, a unique opportunity to mingle with the singers at a signature cocktail party makes this already incredible experience, exceptional.


All-suite Cruise Includes:

  • Spacious suites – most with private verandas
  • Personalized service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Enrichment lecturers, acclaimed chefs and destination consultants
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Onboard gratuities always included in your fare
  • Free WiFi throughout the ship (daily limit applies)

 

Itinerary

DATE PORT ARRIVE / DEPART
F, Sep 28 VENICE, ITALY Embark / Overnight
Frank Family Vineyards Welcome Reception & Wine Dinner*
Sa, Sep 29 VENICE, ITALY 11PM
Su, Sep 30 ROVINJ, CROATIA 8AM / 1:30PM
Frank Family Vineyards Wine Tasting open to all guests aboard followed by casual private lunch*
M, Oct 1 DUBROVNIK, CROATIA 9AM / 7PM
Tu, Oct 2 CORFU, GREECE 12N / 10PM
W, Oct 3 KATAKOLON (OLYMPIA), GREECE 9AM / 4PM
Frank Family Vineyards  Gala 6-course Wine Dinner in La Dame by Relais & Chateaux*
Th, Oct 4 NAFPLION, GREECE 9AM / 8PM
F, Oct 5 SANTORINI, GREECE 8AM / 7PM
Sa, Oct 6 RHODES, GREECE 8AM / Overnight
Su, Oct 7 RHODES, GREECE 1PM / 7PM
Frank Family Vineyards Farewell Reception & Wine Dinner*
M, Oct 8 PIRAEUS (ATHENS), GREECE Disembark AM

*Events, times, locations subject to final confirmation once aboard ship.  All events are complimentary to you as a guest of  Frank Family Vineyards & MmMmTravel. Finalized Guest Itinerary will be mailed with cruise documents. Guests must book through MmMmTravel to participate in all Frank Family Vineyards events.

 

Pricing

Exclusive Offers:

  • Free Airfare Extended: Book by January 30, 2018 and enjoy Free Round Trip Economy Airfare or Business Class Air Upgrade from just $599 Each Way from select US airports* 
  • Early Booking Bonus: Guests that book and pay in full by February 28, 2017 save 10% (as reflected in fares below)
  • Venetian Society Savings: Past Silversea guests receive an additional 5% Venetian Society Savings. Plus up to 4 of your friends who set sail with you that are ‘new to Silversea’ will enjoy the same 5% savings.

 

Please Note: Silversea’s fares are expected to increase after February 1, 2018. Fares below are per person based on double occupancy. Solo and triple rates available upon request.  

Suite Category MmMmTravel Fares with 10% savings
if Paid in Full by February 28, 2018!
Owner’s (1-Bedroom)
 $18,630
Grand (1-Bedroom)
 $17,100 WAITLIST
Royal (1-Bedroom)
 $15,300 WAITLIST
Silver (1-Bedroom)
 $13,500
Deluxe Veranda  $9,000
Superior Veranda  $8,820
Classic Veranda  $8,640
Panorama Picture Window Suite  $8,100
Vista Picture Window Suite  $7,200

 

*MmMmTravel Fares are per person based on double occupancy in US dollars.  Solo traveler fares and triple rates available upon request. Fares will increase as ship fills.  Fares shown does not guarantee availability. A 25% deposit secures you the best available pricing and suite locations. To receive American Express Amenities, guests must use an unbranded American Express Platinum or Centurion card for final payment.  A reservation through MmMmTravel ensures invitations to private receptions and dinners, including 6-course wine-paired dinner in La Dame by Relais & Chateaux. Fares are expected to increase after February 1, 2018. Promotional Business Class Air rate of US $599 is each-way based on trans-Atlantic travel from select U.S. and Canadian gateways; Economy Class Air is provided on domestic US/Canada flights and intra-European flights. Offer applies to new bookings made between 1 August 2017 and 30 January 2018. Promotional air offer is valid only for guests from the United States and Canada. In the event neither business class nor economy class air is available (determined at Silversea’s sole discretion), a non-use Air credit in the amount of $1,000 per person may be applied to your booking. The Air Promo offer can be withdrawn by Silversea at any time. Guests from the Caribbean, Central & South America and those guests from the United States and Canada not utilizing the Silversea promotional air offer will receive a non-use credit of $1,000 per guest. Silversea reserves the right to select the air carrier, routing and departure airport from each gateway city. The Promotional Business Class Air rate is only available to the first and second full-fare guests in a suite. Airline baggage fees are not included. Deviations to air travel dates are accepted at a charge of $150 per request plus all additional air costs. Due to flight schedules, some voyages may require an overnight hotel stay pre or post-cruise. This will be available for booking at an additional charge. Offer is NOT combinable with the Latin America offer (NASVGS167) and Silver Select. Additional restrictions may apply. Silversea’s Terms & Conditions apply. Please call for more information. Other conditions may apply, see Silversea’s Terms & Conditions for more details. CST# 1005871-40. Silversea ship’s registry: Bahamas. Please call MmMmTravel for more details.

 

Ports

Venice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you’ve seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could imagine. With canals where streets should be, water shimmers everywhere. The fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. At some point you’ll almost surely end up in Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for coffee or an aperitif.

One of the true jewels of the Mediterranean, Rovinj is a jaw-droppingly beautiful town, which juts out into sparkling Mediterranean. Dominated by the pencil-like bell tower of the Venetian Saint Euphemia Cathedral, pine tree forests flow to the borders of the quaint Old Town – which evokes the romantic, tangled backstreets of the Venice. Rovinj – or Rovino in Italian – is a city of split personalities, with two official languages – having been owned by the Kingdom of Italy between 1919 and 1947.

Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most beautiful fortified cities. Its massive stone ramparts and splendid fortress towers curve around a tiny harbor, enclosing graduated ridges of sun-bleached orange-tiled roofs, copper domes, and elegant bell towers. In the 7th century AD, residents of the Roman city Epidaurum (now Cavtat) fled the Avars and Slavs of the north and founded a new settlement on a small rocky island, which they named Laus, and later Ragusa. On the mainland hillside opposite the island, the Slav settlement called Dubrovnik grew up.

Corfu town today is a vivid tapestry of cultures—a sophisticated weave, where charm, history, and natural beauty blend. Located about midway along the island’s east coast, this spectacularly lively capital is the cultural heart of Corfu and has a remarkable historic center that UNESCO designated as a World Heritage Site in 2007. All ships and planes dock or land near Corfu town, which occupies a small peninsula jutting into the Ionian Sea.

Katakolon could not seem less of a cruise port if it tried. A tiny enclave clinging to the western Peloponnese coast, it’s a sleepy place except when ships dock. But it’s a popular cruise destination because of its proximity to Olympia. Ancient Olympia was one of the most important cities in classical Greece. The Sanctuary of Zeus was the city’s raison d’être, and attracted pilgrims from around the eastern Mediterranean, and later the city played host to Olympic Games, the original athletic games that were the inspiration for today’s modern sporting pan-planetary meet.

Oraia (beautiful) is the word Greeks use to describe Nafplion. The town’s old section, on a peninsula jutting into the gulf of Argos, mixes Greek, Venetian, and Turkish architecture; narrow streets, often just broad flights of stone stairs, climb the slopes beneath the walls of Acronafplia. Tree-shaded plazas surround neoclassic buildings. The Palamidi fortress—an elegant display of Venetian might from the early 1700s—guards the town. Nafplion deserves at least a leisurely day of your undivided attention

Undoubtedly the most extraordinary island in the Aegean, crescent-shape Santorini remains a mandatory stop on the Cycladic tourist route—even if it’s necessary to enjoy the sensational sunsets from Ia, the fascinating excavations, and the dazzling white towns with a million other travelers. Called Kállisti (the “Loveliest”) when first settled, the island has now reverted to its subsequent name of Thira, after the 9th-century-BC Dorian colonizer Thiras. The place is better known, however, these days as Santorini, a name derived from its patroness, St. Irene of Thessaloniki.

Early travelers described Rhodes as a town of two parts: a castle or high town (Collachium) and a lower city. Today Rhodes town—sometimes referred to as Ródos town—is still a city of two parts: the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site that incorporates the high town and lower city, and the modern metropolis, or New Town, spreading away from the walls that encircle the Old Town. The narrow streets of the Old Town are for the most part closed to cars and are lined with Orthodox and Catholic churches, and Turkish houses (some of which follow the ancient orthogonal plan).

It’s no wonder that all roads lead to the fascinating and maddening metropolis of Athens. Lift your eyes 200 feet above the city to the Parthenon, its honey-color marble columns rising from a massive limestone base, and you behold architectural perfection that has not been surpassed in 2,500 years. But, today, this shrine of classical form dominates a 21st-century boomtown. To experience Athens—Athína in Greek—fully is to understand the essence of Greece: ancient monuments surviving in a sea of cement, startling beauty amid the squalor, tradition juxtaposed with modernity.

 

 

Silversea Pre & Post Hotels

Silversea is offering the below hotel options for guests that wish to extend their time in Venice & Athens. If you wish to add one of the below hotels to your booking please call 831.659.0151 or email Cruises@MmMmTravel.com. Pricing below is based on double occupancy, in USD. Please note that pricing is subject to change and rooms are subject to availability. Single supplement pricing available upon request. For guests that have purchased Silversea’s airfare, Silversea will waive the $150 pp air deviation fee for you to extend your time if you book a Silversea pre or post hotel. Please call for more information. 

Silversea’s Pre Cruise Hotels in Venice:

Bauer Palazzo 5-star Hotel: 
  • 1 night: $759 per person
  • 2 nights: $1279 per person
  • 3 nights: $1789 per person
  • As part of the Grande Hotel collection, the Silversea program includes:  Accommodation in a Deluxe Category room with view, Breakfast daily, Private transfer between airport and hotel, Small group transfer between hotel and pier.

 

The substance of the Venetian lifestyle, with exclusivity and luxury. Renowned diamond of the hôtellerie in Venice, BAUER is nowadays a crossroads of artistic, cultural and fashionable experiences, hosted in a entity made of excellence. History, elegance and contemporaneity create unique and exclusive environments, where BAUER’s unique excellence can be found. A privileged access and an exclusive sight, in the heart of Venice.Bauer Palazzo is located in the heart of Venice, just a few minutes walk from St. Mark’s Square, easily accessible by public and private transportation in the city. The hotel’s spa is an oasis dedicated to the modern culture of physical and mental wellness. The biggest Spa in Venice, located into Palladio Hotel on the wonderful Giudecca Island, surrounded with luxury gardens.

posizione_03Monaco Grand 4-star Hotel: 
  • 1 night: $279 per person
  • 2 nights: $549 per person
  • 3 nights: $819 per person
  • As part of the Hotel collection, the Silversea program includes:  Accommodation in a Classic room, Breakfast daily, group transfer from pier to hotel.
  • Monaco Grand Optional Airport to Hotel Transfer: $159 per person from airport to hotel.

From 1638 the building, originally belonging to the Dandolo family, hosted the first “Ridotto Pubblico”, a place to which nobility and people from all walks of life, (adventurers, courtesans, swindlers, and travellers) would retire for pleasure and intrigue. The recent restoration has managed to revive, with a contemporary feel, the atmosphere of this historic building.  The Grand Canal Restaurant is frequented by an international clientele, but also by Venetians who choose this elegant restaurant because of its excellent food. A particular emphasis is placed on the seafood and fresh vegetables that are so essential to local specialities. The Hotel, which overlooks the Grand Canal, is in one of Venice’s most charming and atmospheric areas. The Hotel Monaco has majestic views of the Church of Santa Maria della Salute and the island of San Giorgio and it is just next to Cà Giustinian the historical site of the Biennale. Hotel Monaco is fast to get to from both the airport and the train station 45 minutes by water taxi from Marco Polo airport; 20 minutes from Venice train station; 15 minutes from the parking area.

Silversea’s Post Cruise Hotels in Athens:

Dining opposite the Acropolis

Grande Bretagne 5-star Hotel:

  • 1 night: $359 per person
  • 2 nights: $639 per person
  • 3 nights: $909 per person
  • As part of the Grande Hotel collection, the Silversea program includes:  Accommodation in a Deluxe Category room, Breakfast daily, group transfer between pier & hotel, private transfer between hotel & airport.

Explore the ancient sites that are conveniently nearby at your leisure – the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, the Parthenon, and much more. Located in the heart of Athens and within walking distance of exclusive shopping areas and museums, the Hotel Grande Bretagne enjoys the ideal location in the city centre. Approximately 16 miles from Athens Airport (ATH), this historic landmark has been repeatedly awarded by significant international communities. With meticulous attention to detail, the 320 rooms & suites marry charming old-world elegance with state-of-the-art facilities and enjoy additional benefits including personalised Butler Service.

Stunning views and award-winning cuisine at the PremièreAthenaeum Intercontinental 5-star Hotel
  • 1 night: $209 per person
  • 2 nights: $409 per person
  • 3 nights: $599 per person
  • As part of the Hotel collection, the Silversea program includes:  Accommodation in a Deluxe room, Breakfast daily, group transfer from pier to hotel.
  • Athenaeum Intercontinental Optional Hotel to Airport Transfer: $49 per person

 

Located near the famed Parthenon, the award-winning Athenaeum InterContinental hotel brings the history of Athens, Greece to your doorstep. Take in the magnificence of the Acropolis from its renowned rooftop restaurant, Première or lounge at Café Vienna. Situated in the heart of Greece’s most exciting cities, the Athenaeum InterContinental Athens is located where the major business centre meets the city’s extraordinary outdoor activities and first-class dining and arts. Explore local shops or tour the Temple of Apollo and the Plaka. Guests can easily access the city’s most thrilling destinations, from the bustling financial district to the lively waterfront with such a central location and the largest hotel guestrooms available in Greece, this hotel is ideal for business or leisure.

The Athenaeum InterContinental hotel offers guests an incredibly modern and sophisticated city retreat in Athens. Committed to bringing you back to your best self during your stay here, the hotel offers countless amenities that inspire productivity, relaxation and overall health. Start your day in the 24hrs fully equipped fitness studio or slip into the refreshing outdoor pool for your morning laps. The natural I-Spa retreat is the perfect place to soothe your muscles after an invigorating workout. At the end of a long day, gather with fellow guests to unwind … Relish an InterContinental Evening Ritual and celebrate the destination with food and drinks. Multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-national, multi-fun: Greece’s largest metropolis, the country’s business and cultural engine, and a great place to visit!

 

About Silversea

About Silversea Cruises

Presenting Silver Muse
Silversea Cruises is happy to present our new flagship, Silver Muse, delivered in the spring of 2017. The new ultra-luxury ship is being built by Fincantieri and at 40,700 grt accommodates 596 guests, representing an exciting evolution of Silver Spirit that will redefine ultra-luxury ocean travel, enhancing the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience.The addition of Silver Muse expands Silversea’s fleet to nine ships, and will once again significantly raise the bar in the ultra-luxury cruise market with a wealth of enhancements to the onboard experience, while satisfying the uncompromising requirements for comfort, service, and quality of the world’s most discerning travellers.

 

 EXPLORE SILVER MUSE ON SILVERSEA’S GROUND-BREAKING DEDICATED WEBSITE: Luxury cruise guests can now explore Silver Muse, Silversea Cruises’ newest ship, which proudly embodies the tagline “Simply Divine.,” by visiting www.silvermuse.info. The new dedicated website currently provides access to detailed suite renderings and the latest information on the ship destined to be the highest expression of Silversea excellence. Visitors to the site are greeted by an interactive discovery of Silver Muse with a ground-breaking 360-degree virtual tour, which provides a variety of viewing options, including day and night renderings of the ship at sea. The site showcases Silver Muse’selegant, all-veranda suite accommodations with artist’s renderings of contemporary interior furnishings dressed in warm earth tones of cream, saffron, green, and sienna. By simply clicking on the interactive ship diagram, a range of gracefully appointed suites, all featuring a furnished private veranda, is available to explore.

 

KEY FACTS
  • Crew: 411
  • Officers: European
  • Guests: 596
  • Tonnage: 40,700
  • Length: 698 Feet/212.8 Meters
  • Width: 86 Feet/27 Metres
  • Speed: 19.8 Knots
  • Passenger Decks: 8
  • Built: 2017
  • Registry: Bahamas

 

 

Rich Frank

Rich Frank, Owner of Frank Family Vineyards

It’s no wonder that Rich Frank, one of Hollywood’s most creative, vibrant and ingenious players, owns one of Napa Valley’s most unique wineries. At Frank Family Vineyards, which he founded in 1992, Rich plays a starring role as vintner in managing the growing winery. From overseeing vineyard purchases to sales and marketing, hosting VIP groups at the winery and events throughout the country, Rich is anything but a gentleman farmer.

His love of wine, particularly Bordeaux and Italian wines, first stemmed from his extensive travel via his global career as the former President of Disney Studios.  He discovered the Napa Valley in the 1980s, and soon after purchased a home with vineyards in the heart of Rutherford. It is safe to say that this was the beginning of a beautiful fairytale that would lead to a happily-ever second career.

Rich’s passion for the Napa Valley and Frank Family Vineyards underscores a wildly successful long-term career in Hollywood. He was Chairman of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications and headed Disney’s syndication arm Buena Vista. He was then President of Walt Disney Studios for nearly a decade and oversaw the development of The Disney Channel. Prior to his tenure at Disney, Rich was President of the Paramount Television Group, President of Chris Craft Television, one of the founders of the USA Network and also served on their board. Under Frank’s leadership, television and movie properties such as “Cheers,” “Taxi,” “Family Ties,” “Shogun,” “Winds of War,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Golden Girls,” “Home Improvement,” “Ellen,” “Regis and Kathy Lee,” “Dead Poet’s Society,” “Good Morning Vietnam,” “Pretty Woman,” “Father of the Bride,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” achieved phenomenal success.

Rich was President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for an unprecedented six years, a board member of the MPAA for eight years and is currently Vice Chairman and Executive Board Member of the American Film Institute. In 2011, he received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the American Film Institute (AFI), along with Helen Mirren and Spike Lee. He is a recipient of the Television Academy’s Syd Cassyd Founders Award, only the eighth time the Academy bestowed this prestigious honor.

Rich continues to be involved in the world of entertainment, and is currently Executive Producing “Royal Pains,” on the USA Network.

Never one to rest on his laurels, the former adman turned Hollywood film and TV exec stepped into his role as Napa Valley vintner with ease. Rich splits his time between Los Angeles and Napa with his wife, Leslie, an Emmy-award winning news journalist.

 

Leslie Frank

Leslie Frank, Co-Owner of Frank Family Vineyards

Leslie Miller Frank is an Emmy ­award winning broadcast journalist and a proprietor of Frank Family Vineyards.

While Leslie’s natural curiosity and desire to see the world led her to a career in journalism, it was her interest in wine which prompted her first visit to the Napa Valley back in the 1990’s.  It was in Napa where she met her husband Rich Frank, founder and owner of Frank Family Vineyards, and where they shared their first bottle of wine.  Now instead of reporting news, Leslie spends her time helping to build the quality Frank Family brand.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Leslie began her career in Canada before crossing the border to work in some of the largest television markets in the United States. She spent more than 25 years covering many major stories including the 9/11 attacks where she reported live from ground zero in New York City, as well as from the scene of the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and inside the courtroom at the Michael Jackson trial. In addition, Leslie spent the last nine years of her TV news career reporting and anchoring at the number one rated station, KABC in Los Angeles, where she covered politics, crime, weather calamities, as well as interviewing some of the biggest stars in Hollywood on the red carpet.  Prior to Los Angeles, Leslie was the main anchor at KCPQ in Seattle, where she helped launch its 10 pm newscast, taking it to number one in its time slot and clinching an Emmy for Outstanding News Anchor.

Today, Leslie plays an active role in the marketing of Frank Family Vineyards. She travels extensively with Rich to promote their Napa Valley wines domestically and internationally. Leslie also coordinates Frank Family’s charitable giving initiatives.

In 2013, Leslie proudly became a US citizen after living in the country for fifteen years. Leslie and Rich enjoy spending time at their home on Winston Hill in Rutherford along with their German Shepherd named Riley who can often be found greeting guests at the Frank Family Vineyards tasting room.

 

Frank Family Vineyards

Frank Family Vineyards History

Take a trip back in time at the Frank Family Vineyards. First constructed as the Historic Larkmead Winery in 1884, the building was refinished with native sandstone from the nearby hills in 1906 and still stands tall today. The massive stone edifice is considered an archetype of California’s wine country; it appears on the National Register of Historical Places and is listed as a Point of Historical Interest in the state of California. The family focuses their energies on making superb still wines. The winery produces Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Petite Syrah and several distinctively different Cabernet Sauvignons. The highly regarded Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which is barrel aged for two and one-half years, is emerging as one of the most sought after wines in the valley and their Carneros Vineyards produced some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir available. The Sangiovese, a rising star, is created entirely from grapes grown on Rich’s Winston Hill property, and the Zinfandel comes from the Pope & Chiles Valley. Once owned by wine legend Hans Kornell, the winery originally secured its reputation with sparkling wines. Five sparkling wines continue to be handcrafted today in the old building: Brut, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Rosé and occasionally the Rouge and Reserve. All of these are made in the traditional French method champenoise style.

Frank Family Vineyards Reserve wines are produced in small quantities and currently only sold at the winery and a handful of selected restaurants and wine shops. A visit to the winery is not complete without a story-filled tour or at least a walk through the historic building where the thick stone walls, high stacked barrels and rich bouquet of aging wines create the utmost winery ambience. The winery provides beautiful tasting rooms for its guests in the restored 70 year old Craftsman House. Just outside to the south of the building, visitors are welcome to sit under the giant 100 year old Elm trees, relax at the wooden picnic tables and enjoy the spectacular vineyard views.

About The Vineyards: Winston Hill

Lewis Vineyard Rising nearly 500 feet above the valley floor in the prestigious Rutherford viticultural appellation, Winston Hill is located along the east side of the Napa Valley along the Vaca Mountain range. Winston Hill is located on owner Rich Frank’s personal estate.

The soil consists of well-drained, volcanic deposits and sandstone. Due to its southwest exposure, Winston Hill has a high radiant value. Typical warm summer days give way to cool nights with soft mountain breezes. The vineyard has an average rainfall of 24-36 inches per year.

Approximately 20 acres of vines were planted on Winston Hill starting in1991. Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary variety, along with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese. Through site specific vineyard management, several clonal selections are matched with the appropriate rootstocks. Extensive hand labor balances the vine canopy and maintains the yields to produce rich and concentrated wines. Winston Hill produces its namesake wine and the flagship for Frank Family Vineyards along with being the foundation for our Rutherford Reserve and Napa Valley Sangiovese.

 

Lewis Vineyard
Located in the heart of Napa, Carneros near the shores of San Pablo Bay, Lewis Vineyards is 138 acres of gently rolling hills. The vineyard is named after Rich’s oldest grandson, Lewis. The predominant maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean creates the cool temperature, fog and wind that make Carneros ideally suited for the growing of world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Lewis Vineyard consists primarily of shallow dense clay loam soils and receives only 20 inches of rainfall annually. Overall the maritime influence and the restricting soils result in extremely low yields, producing grapes with strong character and balanced acidity. The practice of cool climate viticulture and the planting of small cluster Dijon clones contribute to an intensity that is unmatched in the Chardonnay and Reserve Pinot Noir of Lewis Vineyards.

 S&J Vineyard
Adding to Frank Family’s vineyard diversity are 75 acres planted to the S&J Vineyard, located east of the Vaca Mountain range in Napa’s Capell Valley. The vineyard, purchased in 2000, is named for Darryl’s kids, Stella and Jeremy, and is planted to mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, along with small quantities of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Meticulous soil and microclimate studies were executed before the development of this vineyard. The soils are fertile, well-drained, clay loam-based, reminiscent of the Rutherford Bench. The cold nights balanced with warm days ensure the long, even ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Frank Family Vineyards is Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine's 2017 “Winery of the Year”

Frank Family Named 2017 “Winery of the Year” by Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

CALISTOGA, Calif.Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Napa Valley’s Frank Family Vineyards has been awarded “Winery of the Year” for a second time by Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine in the publication’s “Best of 2017” January issue. The periodical, published by Charles Olken and Stephen Eliot, has been reviewing wine since 1974 and reviews thousands of wines each year. The Connoisseurs’ Guide selected Frank Family Vineyards based on its resounding, across-the-board success in 2017, saying, “Of the twenty-two Frank Family wines reviewed this past year, each received starred recommendation with three earning three-star status and thirteen garnering two-star. More remarkable yet, the collection of wines covered the varietal spectrum from Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah and, for good measure, included a brace of beautifully crafted sparklers as well.” Adds publisher Olken, “The consistent quality manifest in so many different bottlings is an achievement rarely equaled, and one that makes our choice for this year’s Winery of the Year award remarkably easy.” The publication is available by subscription at www.cgcw.com.

“It’s a huge honor to receive this award as we embark on our 25th anniversary celebrations this year. We’ve spent the last few decades buying and cultivating the best vineyard land possible from Carneros to Rutherford. However, our success would not be been possible without our winemaker and general manager, Todd Graff, who makes all of these varietals with a balance and consistency across the board. It is great to see his talent recognized,” says winery proprietor Rich Frank.

 

SOURCE Frank Family Vineyards. NEWS PROVIDED BY Frank Family Vineyards , Jan 08, 2018, 08:30 ET

 
 

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