The passion that exists within every bottle of Doffo wine originates from their Italian ancestors who immigrated to Argentina in the early 1900's. Marcelo's grandfather, Bernandino, settled in Pampas, Argentina where he grew wheat, 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 1985 he visited the old country in the northern region of Turin, Italy and discovered that his great uncle still made estate wine. Marcelo returned home anxious to try his hand at home-made wine. Two years later, in 1997 he 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 farm complete with the region's last remaining historic, one-room school house. The school house reminded him of a similar place he attended as a small child. Starting with bare property, Marcelo painstakingly prepared the soil and installed trellises and irrigation lines by hand. He then planted his first crops consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah with a small percentage of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Every step in the cultivation of Doffo wine is hands-on to achieve maximum quality. Four years later, Marcelo was proud to introduce his new wines.Through this he learned just how difficult and rewarding owning and caring for a vineyard could be. He also learned that with enough perseverance there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome. Today Marcelo's wines are the most sought after in the region. He has a true passion for both wine and racing vintage motorcycles. If you are lucky you might find him in the tasting room talking about both.