Fire damage at Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars (Photo by Mike Linehan)

By Lenn Thompson, Editor and Publisher

I just got an email telling me that there was a fire at Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars today that severely damaged the winery and/or the tasting room.

I don't know any details yet, but hopefully some of the people who read this blog and offer some. Hopefully no one was hurt.

UPDATE: David Spengler, tasting room manager at Ravines Wine Cellars just sent me a message on Facebook telling me:

"About 8:45pm this evening Dr Frank's new tasting room was engulfed in
flames. Three fire companies and and couple on standby, but it was
totally lost and they (Hammondsport FD) kept it contained to the one
building. I was in the parking lot for about a hour watching before
getting back down town to let Morgan know about it. Tomorrow in the
daylight we'll see what it's left and I'll let ya know about the
investigation of what started it. I live right on the village square,
so I'm right smack dab in the center of phone calls and listen to the

From the sounds of it, only the new tasting pavilion was damaged. The tasting room will remain open as they investigate this fire.

UPDATE 2: Mike Linehan from the Yates County Chamber of Commerce (KeukaNY.com) sent the picture you can see above. He also appeared on 13 WHAM news this morning with Evan. Watch the video.