- Frank Family Vineyards
Frank Family Vineyards
A Preferred Vintner of the NetJets Vintner Circle program
Frank Family Vineyards® has become a household name for lovers of premium Napa Valley wines in which consistency is artistry. From sparkling to port and everything in between, a masterful technique is applied to acquire an incomparable flavor unique to this must-visit vineyard in the Napa Valley wine country.
A vineyard built on history
In 1992, Rich Frank, former president of Disney Studios and current vice chairman and executive board member of the American Film Institute, purchased the history-laced Larkmead Winery from previous owner Hanns Kornell. Mr. Kornell was a German immigrant who had been making sparkling wines on the property since 1958 under the name Hanns Kornell Champagne Cellars. The acquisition was accompanied by a classic Tudor home on more than 380 acres in Napa Valley’s Rutherford AVA. Mr. Frank recognized the potential for creating something great—again. And it’s here where he combined his desire for a lasting legacy with a passion for making great wine.
As in its earlier days, the Larkmead building is filled with high-stacked barrels and a rich bouquet of aging wines. Frank Family Vineyards honors the building's history by continuing to handcraft four sparkling wines using the traditional méthode champenoise in addition to producing superb cabernet and chardonnay. From the third-oldest winery built in Napa Valley wine country, Frank Family Vineyards produced just 200 cases in their first year; now, the highly recommended vineyard draws visitors from across the world and produces nearly 75,000 cases a year. As for the iconic Larkmead building itself, it is now considered an archetype of California’s wine country—appearing on the National Register of Historical Places.
Though sparkling wine makes up much of the history of Frank Family Vineyards, the winery has become known for so much more. Having just celebrated its 25th anniversary, and thanks to owners and proprietors Rich and Leslie Frank’s daily commitment to the winery, Frank Family Vineyards has become a leading producer in Napa Valley.
The pleasantly inviting, parklike grounds (and family dogs) alone bring visitors back again and again. Guests enjoy VIP treatment from highly knowledgeable, yet friendly, wine aficionados who masterfully guide the Napa Valley wine-tasting experience. Staying awhile is always encouraged, as guests take in the spectacular views, lounging in back-porch seating and picnic areas while sipping their new-found favorite varieties.
When our Owners arrange for flights to and throughout Calistoga (Napa Valley), California, their dedicated Owner Services Teams highly recommend a special visit to Frank Family Vineyards. We were also very proud to include Frank Family Vineyards as the featured wine at the 2018 Naples Winter Wine Festival. In return, Frank Family Vineyards provides NetJets Owners with private tours, tastings, dedicated concierge services, and access to library wines.
Rich Frank, Frank Family Vineyard Owner and Proprietor"We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with NetJets. Meeting other NetJets Owners from around the world and hearing their stories is fascinating. This partnership has offered us the chance to share our love for Napa Valley, hand-crafted wine, and our family, with a truly global audience."
Jim Bostick, RVP, SALES
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