RETAIL: The tiny Doffo Winery draws huge praise
by Laurie Lucas, The Press-Enterprise
Alex and Matt Muller of Tucson sniffed, swirled and sipped wines at all the popular vineyards in the Temecula Valley on a recent trip to California.
But it was a boutique winery that particularly piqued their palates. “We’ve tasted wines all over the world,” said Alex, 47. “My husband is a very tough sell. We’ve never joined a wine club.”
That is, until they nearly reached the end of Rancho California Road. Just a short jog uphill at 36083 Summitville St., the Mullers stopped at the Doffo Winery, not far from Lake Skinner. “It’s off the beaten track, but the wines are exceptional,” said Alex.
That’s music to the ears of the Marcelo Doffo, 60, the perfectionist patriarch, who grew up in an Italian family on a farm in Argentina. Classical music from sunup to sundown floats from speakers positioned among the vines. “It soothes them,” Doffo said. “Plants are alive.” Read More
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DOFFO WINERY TOURS
We are pleased to offer a variety of winery tours to suit your taste. Enjoy one or all of them and you are sure to have a wonderful experience.
SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR
Visit Doffo and stroll the grounds of our boutique vineyard. This self-guided tour begins in our tasting room where you will pick up your tour brochure. We have included interesting facts and places on the property we think you
will enjoy seeing.
There is no cost however, there are some limitations and restrictions so please be sure to call ahead (866.469.8466 | 866-4myvino ) or ask for more details in the tasting room.
MOTORCYCLE COLLECTION VIEWING
There is no cost for this tour. Simply check in at the tasting room and stroll to our MotoBarrel Room to view the MotoDoffo collection. Open daily.
Sip and Tour
Vineyard Tour aboard our “Malbec Express",
eco-friendly, Ferrari Style Bus. You will learn about our unique
farming methods, why we play music in the vineyard, learn about the
different varietals, and visit Marcelo’s incredible motorcycle
collection. Your tour
will end with a tasting of 5 premium wines. Enjoy!!!!
Weekdays: 11am and 2pm
Weekends: 10am / 12pm / 2pm / 4pm
* Tours are approximately 1 1/2 hours
Click here to email us with your appointment request. Be sure to include your contact information as well as top three dates and preferred times.
Sip and Tour Appointment Request
Or call for more information
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An Interview with Damian Doffo
The father and son team of Marcelo and Damian Doffo share winemaking duties at their family-owned Doffo Winery, and pride themselves on handcrafted wines through which they share their Argentine and Italian heritage. Both men share a passion for great wine and vintage motorcycles-the latter which they display in MotoDoffo, the family’s private collection of over 100 beautiful bikes from years past.
Patriarch Marcelo was off on a business trip, so son Damian is profiled in this month’s “Meet Your Winemaker.” We’re sure Dad would be proud!
Click Here to Read the Entire Interview
2014 Honda Valkyrie Press Launch
By Bryan Harley, , MotorcycleUSA.com
As part of the press launch of the 2014 Valkyrie, Honda had arranged a
wine tasting at a local Temecula, California winery. Doffo Winery was
just a few miles from Ponte Vineyard Inn, where we were staying for the
launch. Little did we know what a treat Honda had in store.
Because spread out around the grounds of Doffo Winery is a wonderful
collection of vintage motorcycles and scooters, around 150 total and
growing. You see, Doffo patriarch Marcelo and his son Damian are huge
enthusiasts. The two can often be found racing in the AHRMA series when
they’re not attending to the winery. Even when they are, they can often
be found in the garage tinkering on the latest bike they picked up at
auction or on eBay. They have one of the most diverse personal
collections of Ducatis on the West Coast, superbikes ranging from a 1985
Ducati MHR 1000cc to a 2007 Ducati 1098, many signed by racers or
Ducati brass. One of my favorites was a 1959 Ducati 175 Sport with its
wonderful “jelly mold” tank. The collection includes the rare and
obscure, vehicles like a 1947 Cucciolo/Zopoli 48cc scooter and a 1947
Gilera Saturno 500cc. Honda was well represented as well, from modern
sportbikes to an immaculate 1961 305cc Saturn Dream. Oh yeah, they make a
pretty mean wine too, with the Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
receiving particular praise.
collection is a true gem. The public is invited to check out the
motorcycles for free, but they’re only open on Thursday and Sunday from
10 a.m. to noon. If you’re a gearhead and happen to be in the Temecula
area, we highly suggest you pay the Doffos a visit.
1947 PUMA PRIMERA (FIRST) UNIDAD
MOTORIZADA (MOTORIZED) ARGENTINA
Just one of the many motorcycles in the MotoDoffo Collection.
10/18/14 - Hermiston, OR via email
Greetings! I just wanted you to know that a wine we purchased from you back in 2009 when we visited your tasting room has finally been opened, and WOW, is it ever GOOD! It is your 2004 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. I think we paid quite a bit for it (at least quite a bit on our scale!) but totally worth it.
10/11/14 - Kevin M. via Yelp
We've been visiting Temecula area for years now and literally stumbled across Doffo recently. Extremely good if not great wine! Small, boutique, and made with love! We fell for the place and are extremely thankful Doffo is at the end of the wine trail and most of the party drinkers and limos don't make it that far before heading home. Doffo is our one and only stop now for wine in Temecula. The two other vineyards we would visit lost touch with their core wine enthusiasts becoming too large and/or pretentious catering to weddings and other events.
Do yourself a favor and bring a lunch to enjoy on their shaded patio like we did today while you sample their truly wonderful wines! Get a full glass if you prefer or a bottle to enjoy while enjoying the humming birds. They also sell empanadas on the weekend if you don't want to bring something.
Our friends and my wife and I really appreciate the care and professionalism of the staff and their knowledge and love of wine!
10/05/14 - Arrianna S. via Yelp
We went to Doffo yesterday afternoon to pick up our wine shipment. The weather was awfully warm, and the place was a bit more crowded than it was during our first visit. However, we stayed outside with the owner's daughter (double points for remembering us after only one visit a couple months ago!) and met a fun group of guests.
Wine was absolutely amazing, we were fortunate to get a number of tastes, from whites, to softer reds, then bold reds, back to their Sparkling Paulina (refreshing!) and finally, dessert (their port, which they are almost out of, by the way). Our experience was wonderful.
We were able to switch out a few of the wines from our shipment with some of my other favorites and also purchased a box of their chocolates, because, well, why the hell not? I even let Jason purchase another bottle on our way out.
The owners and their son, the wine maker, were all working hard inside the tasting room. They were knowledgeable and friendly, and all of them were constantly working or speaking with guests. This sort of thing always draws me back to an establishment!
We'll definitely be back soon and plan to attend their huge holiday feast!
The Moto-Barrel Production Room is a private room that houses the Doffo
Motorcycle and memorabilia collection amongst our wine barrels.
This is the venue for our wine club festivities and it may be reserved
for private wine club events. Call the winery for details
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