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Doffo Winery

10 Sep 2020

written by Cindy Matalucci

Doffo Winery
36083 Summitville St
Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 676-6989

Private Event Inquiries:

Doffo Winery is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Temecula Valley Wine Country!

I took Israel here to celebrate his birthday! You know we love our wine and Israel LOVES motorcycles so it was a perfect plan!

We love the modern decor outside and how safe it is to taste here!

The Story:

The passion that exists within every bottle of Doffo wine originates from their Italian ancestors who immigrated to Argentina in the early 1900s. Marcelo’s grandfather, Bernandino, settled in Pampas, Argentina where he grew soybeans and corn and raised cattle. Marcelo grew up on that land, and it was there that his love and dedication to the art of cultivation began.

As a young man, Marcelo immigrated to the United States and began a new life journey. In 1994 he visited the old country in the northern region of Turin, Italy and discovered that like every good Italian, his great uncle still made wine the old fashioned way in his basement. Marcelo returned home anxious to try his hand at winemaking, creating his first batches in his garage. By 1997 he had expanded his knowledge and developed his skills as a winemaker, and was awarded the silver medal from the Orange County Wine Society.

This experience and honor sealed his fate. That same year he purchased an old cattle ranch in Temecula, California, complete with an historic one-room schoolhouse. The schoolhouse reminded him of a similar place he attended as a small child in Argentina. Starting with bare property, Marcelo painstakingly prepared the soil and installed trellises and irrigation lines by hand. He then planted his first vines of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah with a small percentage of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Four years later, Marcelo was proud to introduce his first wine, calling it “Mister.”

Flights at the Winery

Marcelo’s philosophy has always been that good wine making begins in the vineyard. From hand-planting each vine to the meticulous daily attention, Marcelo, his son Damian, and their crew take great care to produce intensely rich fruit that truly expresses their commitment to making world class wine. Doffo Winery produces small batches of wine in comparison to many other wineries in Temecula Valley, and the attention to detail that this affords results in bold, complex wines.

As the winery has grown over the years, so to has the need to provide an exceptional experience for visitors. Marcelo’s daughter, Brigitte Doffo-Cartaya, serves as Tasting Room Director, and under her direction newcomers and longtime members alike are welcomed to an elegant and inviting space where the wine tasting experience is at the forefront.

Marcelo’s daughter, Samantha, serves as Events Coordinator and has turned Doffo Winery into a true destination in Temecula Valley. In addition to coordinating weddings and other private events, Samantha continues to keep Doffo Wine Club happenings fresh and original.

After decades of blood, sweat and tears put into building one of the great wineries in Temecula Valley, founder Marcelo Doffo has stepped back from daily operations. He has entrusted his life’s work to his three children: Brigitte, Samantha and Damian. The next generation has accepted their father’s charge to continue his legacy by producing fine wine and ensuring that the doors are always open to those who seek it.


MotoDoffo Vintage Motorcycle Collection, Wine, Apparel and More

A lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, Marcelo Doffo has been collecting rare and vintage motorcycles for more than 20 years. Doffo Winery is now home to the MotoDoffo Vintage Motorcycle Collection, consisting of more than 100 motorcycles and scooters spanning 8 decades from manufacturers like Ducati, Moto Guzzi, Gilera, Honda, CZ, Vespa, and more.

The Collection is housed in the MotoBarrel Room and is open for viewing as follows:

Monday – Friday: open for viewing during Tasting Room hours; please inquire in the Tasting Room

Saturday – Sunday: open for viewing and tastings

Come see where the Doffo Family’s two great passions collide!

The Doffo family’s passion for motorcycles can be traced back to Marcelo’s childhood in Argentina, where he first fell in love with the imported European motorcycles that were becoming popular at the time.

Marcelo moved to the United States in the mid 1970s and eventually opened an auto body shop, Doffo Auto Body, with his brother, Jorge Doffo. Here his eye for perfection was put to good use and he developed his skills as a restorer. After establishing Doffo Winery, Marcelo set out on a quest to find and restore those very motorcycles that mesmerized him as a child.

In the years since, the MotoDoffo Vintage Motorcycle Collection has grown to include nearly 200 motorcycles and scooters from around the world and attracts moto enthusiasts and wine lovers alike to the MotoDoffo Barrel Room housed on the winery grounds.

We here actually honored to see his daughter Samantha and she gave us a tour!!!

We love the modern decor and the safe outside tastings!!!

We loved the Bright Flight which is $30.00 and serves 2 guests! Israel LOVED the Malbec and my favorite wine was the Viognier!

You can also stay here overnight at the Winery!!!

After the hustle and bustle of the Winery comes to a close, watch as the sun sets over Temecula Valley from the comfort of your private patio. Take an evening stroll through the vineyards or enjoy some stargazing from the hilltop before retiring to your guest quarters for the night. Relax and recharge on your luxurious California king bed and prepare for a day of wine tasting ahead!

Doffo Wine Club Member Exclusive – For a limited time, they are only accepting reservations for Doffo Wine Club members:

$300 per night for 2 or more nights
Single Night Rate $350 per night
All stays require additional cleaning fee of $50
Accommodates 1-2 people
Check-in: 3pm / Check-out: 11am
Access to the Doffo grounds after hours
Advance reservations are required; contact
Cancellations must be requested at least 72 hours in advance to receive deposit refund


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